Hello there! Summer is FINALLY here and I couldn't be more thrilled!! At the end of each school year I have my class vote on fun activities that they would like to do. This year my class decided upon ice cream and camping day - and of course I had a few more fun activities up my sleeves!
These are my go-to summer books. They're fun to read, and therefore PERFECT for this time of year.
Camping day is a super FUN end of the year activity, especially when the school year is winding down. If you'd like to try camping in your own class first set the stage- with A LOT of imagination and a few good props you can turn your classroom into a campsite. Next, plan a few simple activities that will keep them engaged. My camping day consisted of learning a new camping song, making S'mores how-to art, eating/ describing S'mores, brainstorming about what to bring when camping, graphing who has and hasn't been camping, and lastly learning about Smokey Bear's rules for fire prevention. Check out The First Grade Parade for cute camping ideas, as well as, the graph and S'mores art that you see above.
Here is a cute informational cartoon about Smokey Bear's rules for fire prevention.
Another easy activity to do at the end of the year is to have an ice cream day. My ice cream day consisted of learning a song about ice cream, an ice cream cone craft and eating ice cream. I bought ice cream cups- which I have absolutely no idea why I have never done this before! I didn't have to scoop, there was no mess to clean up and the kids loved the little wooded spoon that came with it (it was a win win situation).
We also blew bubbles, practiced spelling cvc and cvce words with Cheez- It's, and had an amazing graduation celebration. If you're interested in how to make the graduation hat pictured above click here. It was a wonderful end to a great year!