Monday, June 23, 2014

Day 1 of Summer Camp - "I am already afraid!"

Our first ever Patterson RAPS Summer Camp started off with a bang. A big thank you for our parents for getting the students here on time. We started the day with an icebreaker to learn names and to check our reflexes. We moved upstairs, and the students were so pumped to plop down on their inflatable chairs. After establishing that the chairs couldn't go home, but instead here for us to enjoy we dug into our books. Dr. Hundley introduced our first book, Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman. The story is broken down into 2 parts. Ryan's text into the book and Sarah's videos on a special website. After hearing her introduction, there was a chorus of "let's get started" and "I am already afraid." Dr. Hundley read aloud, and the students followed along on the edge of their seats. They marked clues along the way.

Following the reading and video, we headed to the Wyatt lawn for our snack. We had some time to get to know one another better. After we had enough of the heat, we headed back in and Ms. Reddy and Mrs. D introduced our 2 book choices for the week, Maze Runner and Middle School the Worst Years of My Life. After making their choices, students read silently or in small groups. They were given a bookmark with notations to mark funny parts, questions and so on... with their pencils and postists. The staff were so impressed by the students' focus and interest in the books.

After their reading, students were broken into pairs for the week, and each team represented a country playing in the World Cup. We went to the atrium of the Wyatt Center, and the students played Minute to Win games. The students were given a task or game and given 1 minute to finish it. Please ask your middle schooler to share. It could lead to some fun family competition. We are keeping score to see which team will come out on top! The students had a great time, and were great sports win or lose.

We moved back upstairs, and Mrs. D. explained to the students that they would be creating book trailers this week. Students watched 4 book trailers and recorded comments and ideas for their book trailers later in the week. Dr. Pendergrass shared a video of Patrick Carmen himself talking to our group! We ended the session with one more installment by Dr. Hundley of Skeleton Creek, and the last video caused almost the entire to jump in surprise! What a fantastic group, and we are looking forward to a week fun filled week of reading!

A big thank you to Dr. Pendergrass's students, Erin, Bradley, Paige, and Eno who helped make today a success!

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