Week two of Summer Reading Camp is complete, and I believe I am now a bat and bird expert. Yep, go ahead. Send me your questions, and I am sure to know the answer. :-) And...the kids had a blast. So what was their favorite project? I believe it was the awesome trifold project they did as a group for bats. They LOVED Gail Gibbons' Bats book and Zip, Zap, Zooming Bats which were both filled with fantastic information for our research.
We started the week off with a study of birds. We explored penguins and owls in particular. Each child picked a different fictional bird book for independent reading and wrote about it. We also completed research books too.
To work on nonfiction text features and questioning, we used the National Geographic Penguins book.
In the end, we were able to make comparisons between birds and bats. We did the Venn diagram together, and students completed a more detailed project independently. We also worked on fluency with a really fun reader's theatre. (Kids love them so much, and as we practiced, I was amused by the fact that they were willing to read it twice.
If you are planning a birds and bats week and would enjoy some of these activities, you can find all the links to what we did in my post from Monday [here]
Stay tuned for more reading camp highlights as we finish up next week. Our final theme is weather, and we should have lots of fun.
Enjoy your weekend, and until next time, happy reading!