Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Camp 2015 Day 3

We are rolling right along! Day 3 of camp began with more logic puzzles. Our brains are getting stronger every day! After completing the logic puzzles, we headed upstairs to listen to more of Trackers. Next, we had a quick break where we played the game "Ooga Chooga Oo." Students stood in a circle and said the words and then pointed to someone else in the circle. If two people were pointing at each other, then they were out of the game. It was a lot of fun!

We then settled in to continue reading either El Deafo or The Odyssey in small groups. The graphic novels seem to be a huge hit with our students this summer. Some didn't even want to quit reading when it was time to go outside!

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After reading we headed outside to run around and have a snack. Students played their favorite game, "If", and one of the graduate students taught everyone a new game called, "Buddy Tag." Even though it was super hot, we had lots of fun.

Finally, we headed inside to work on our videos on the iPads and read another section of Trackers. It's hard to believe camp is over halfway over!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Camp 2015 Day 2

We had a great day 2 of camp! Students came in and did some more logic puzzles. We then headed upstairs to listen to more of Trackers by Patrick Carman. Next, we took a break and played the game, "Captain's Coming!" It was fun to see everyone try to remember all the motions.
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Next, we got into smaller groups to read The Odyssey and El Deafo. Students began taking notes that they will use to create a mural later in the week. After small group reading time, we headed outside for a snack and outdoor play time.

When we came back in, we resumed our work on the iPads. Students were given some guidelines and ideas for video creation using the Explain Everything app. Finally, we ended the day by reading more from Trackers.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Camp 2015 Day 1

What do graphic novels, iPads, and snacks have in common? Patterson RAPS Summer Camp, of course! We had an amazing first day of camp. We began by working on logic puzzles together to get our brains warmed up for the day ahead.

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We then headed upstairs and listened to graduate student extraordinaire, Zaz, read from the graphic novel, Trackers, by Patrick Carman. Next, we took a break and played a fun game called "Entourage."

The primary books we're reading this summer are graphic novels. One group is reading El Deafo by Cece Bell and the other group is reading The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds. The students were introduced to the books yesterday, and we look forward to getting further into the books tomorrow.

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After we read, we headed outside for a snack. Even though it was unbearably hot, we found time for a short game of "If"!

We ended the day by coming back in and exploring the iPad app, Explain Everything. We are really looking forward to seeing what the students are able to create with this app this week. Finally, Zaz led us in another read aloud of Trackers. It's going to be a great week!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

May 16 Meeting

Our last meeting of 2014-2015 is in the books! We spent the first half of the morning practicing our poetry readings and finishing our micrography portraits and quilt squares. At 11:00 the parents joined us for lunch and a special program.

Students read "Where I'm From" poems that they created this year. Students were then presented with an anthology book that included poems from each student. We then had a delicious lunch catered by Qdoba. What a wonderful morning, and what a great year it has been! We look forward to seeing many of our students at our 2nd annual Patterson RAPS Summer Camp in June!