Who were those superheroes and Hogwartsians in our classrooms this summer? These powerful, magical students were also super readers taking part in OV’s first annual Summer Reading Camp! Designed to halt “summer slide,” our teachers offered one-week, half-day, in-school camps to keep students reading so they are refreshed and ready to keep advancing when school starts again.
Rising Kindergarten and 1st graders enjoyed superhero-themed read-alouds as well as small groups to practice reading skills. You could find them at independent stations working on letter recognition, sound correspondence, and a favorite: what would their super power be? They enjoyed buddy reading with older students, and worked on STEM activities like building the tallest skyscraper, Superman’s web, and superhero slime. They also practiced a Reader’s Theater performance that they shared on the group’s last day.
Rising 2nd and 3rd graders were superheroes too, and they enjoyed read-alouds plus group work and activity centers. Writing projects were super fun, and they moved through stations to work on sight word practice, word sorting games, and superhero crafts. These students also practiced buddy reading with both older and younger students, and finished the morning with a STEM activity that included both reading and writing.
Rising 4th-6th graders, also known as the wizards of Hogwarts, enjoyed guided, silent reading in small groups with Mrs. Hammer, and worked on potions: they read instructions, measured, and made it. When appropriate it, they also ate it! Magical beasts from Harry Potter and Greek myths showed up in their reading, writing, and drawing, with a focus on external and internal character traits.
Friday fun included Reader’s Theater plays and some magic tricks learned during our buddy reading. Superheroes participated in a school-wide scavenger hunt, and we had fun with academic Superhero/Wizard relay races in the gym.
More than 50 young Vikings participated in this summer literacy opportunity--a remarkable number for the first year of a new, optional program. Based on their big fun and reading successes, we predict more confidence and learning readiness when they return to school in September.
Thanks for coming, everybody!