Age and Grade Requirements
- Age: 5-6 years old
- Grade: Kindergarten
By the end of this unit study, students will be able to:
- Explore the concept of camping and outdoor exploration.
- Understand basic camping skills, safety, and etiquette.
- Develop creativity through camping-themed arts and crafts activities.
- Enhance language and communication skills through storytelling and role-playing.
- Gain exposure to basic concepts of nature, science, and teamwork.
Schedule (5 Days)
Day 1: Introduction to Camping
- Introduction to the concept of camping and its benefits
- Identify and discuss basic camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, flashlight)
- Arts and crafts: Create “Camping Scene” collages using natural materials
Day 2: Camping Skills and Safety
- Focus on camping skills: Discuss safety measures and rules for camping
- Learn about setting up a tent and campfire safety
- Role-playing activity: Pretend to set up a campsite
Day 3: Exploring Nature
- Explore the natural world: Discuss plants, animals, and elements of nature
- Learn about Leave No Trace principles and respecting the environment
- Arts and crafts: Create leaf rubbings and nature prints
Day 4: Campfire Stories and Songs
- Focus on storytelling: Share and create campfire stories together
- Learn and sing camping-related songs and chants
- Reading a related storybook
Day 5: Teamwork and Culmination
- Discuss the importance of teamwork and cooperation during camping
- Engage in team-building activities or games
- Culmination activity: Create a “Camping Adventure Book” with illustrated stories of fictional camping trips
Recommended Books (with Amazon Links)
- “Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping” by Mélanie Watt Amazon Link
- “Curious George Goes Camping” by H.A. Rey Amazon Link
- “A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee” by Chris Van Dusen Amazon Link
Recommended Video Links
- Sesame Street: “Camping with Bert and Ernie” YouTube Link
- The Kiboomers: “Camping Song” YouTube Link
- StoryBots: “All About Camping” YouTube Link
Arts and Crafts Activity
Create “Nature Prints”: Provide paper, leaves, and crayons for students to create rubbings of different leaves.
“Pretend Campsite”: Set up a camping scenario where students take turns setting up a play campsite and acting out different camping activities.
Create a “Camping Adventure Book” where students illustrate and describe their own fictional camping trips, showcasing their creativity and understanding of camping concepts.
Discuss the concept of nature and creation in the Bible, exploring passages that highlight God’s role as the Creator of the natural world and the lessons that can be drawn from observing and appreciating nature (e.g., Psalm 19:1, Job 12:7-10).