Preventing Summer Slide with Summer Reading Camp: Ocean Week


Summer reading slide is a big concern for many teachers. You've worked hard all year, and then summer hits! How can you keep students learning? In this post, I share our first week of a summer reading camp my school hosted for grades 1-4. We worked with small groups of students who might not have camp opportunities and those who needed a reading boost. Summer reading camp is lots of fun.

BEACH THEMED ACTIVITIES KICK OFF THE WEEK


We started the week off with an adorable get to know you activities and introduction to our ocean theme.  This was so fun because it included a written response and glyph which helped me get to know the kids preferences.  Glyphs are wonderful get to know you activities for the start of the year and are more interactive than a simple inventory. Yellow handle...reading a lot this summer, blue shovel...love fall, winter, and spring, purple pail...loves vanilla ice cream, green loves strawberry, swim goggles on the pail...loves to swim at the beach, shells...loves to collect shells.  

FLUENCY WORK AND ANCHOR CHARTS


Fluency was a big focus with these 2nd/3rd graders. We talked about what fluency meant, and they had fantastic responses.  As they colored, we discussed further what they should do when they run into problems, how to observe punctuation, how to add expression, and how to know when you need to reread.  We practiced with poetry all week and with a reader's theatre about whales.  Aren't their ideas great??

We continued to read, research, and write about whales and crabs. We talked about the importance of questioning during our reading and identifying the important information we learn and want to remember with close reading practices. I loved the word splash of vocabulary they remembered from the books. We used the word bank for writing we did about crabs later in the week.

SO MANY BEACH BOOK, SO LITTLE TIME


The children read a variety of books including Magic Schoolbus Gets Crabby and The Journey of the Humpback Whale.  Of course, we enjoyed A House for Hermit Crab too.  They had a fantastic time working on comprehension activities without realizing they were working on comprehension activities. I was able to read one-on-one with each child since our group was small, and they wrote about the themes in each book too. 


Building vocabulary is always a good thing. We loved collecting new words using a word splash. It's amazing how this technique leads to great discussion and connections to other related words. 

SUMMER READING CAMP LINKS:

To view the other posts about our summer reading camp, click the links below:
SUMMER READING CAMP-INTRODUCTION
SUMMER READING CAMP-WEATHER WEEK
SUMMER READING CAMP-BIRDS AND BATS

In case you'd be interested in the Bucket List activity, you can access it {here} 



3 comments

  1. Looks like lots of fun! Wish I were a student in summer camp with you! Thanks for sharing!

    Andrea
    Reading Toward the Stars

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  2. Love the bucket glyphs, as well as all of the ocean brainstorming charts! Owl and bird week sound delightful! My class used Owl Babies as a Reader's Theater last year and loved it!

    ~Jennifer

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  3. All that talk of whales, crabs, and ocean animals makes me want to go back to the beach! Looks like lots of fun!

    Haley
    Following Optimism in 2nd Grade

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