Camping/Outdoor Ideas

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Date: Thu, 30 May 1996 23:36:42 -0400

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From: BennaT@AOL.COM

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In a message dated 96-05-27 21:13:10 EDT, you write:

>I will be teaching a deaf/hard of hearing pre-kindergarten class (first time with little ones) during summer school. I was thinking of doing a unit on camping or outdoor activities. If anyone has any ideas I would greatly appreciate your help.

Tina Gonzalez
Cape View Elementary
Cape Canaveral, Fl

Hi Tina,

Each time my children have a unit on camping, a simple note to the parents brings in a wealth of hands on equipment for the kids to use, including lighting, tents, sleeping bags, wood for pretend fires, etc. One year we set up a "camp" outside for a day and really did the campfire! Don't hesitate to let the parents know you want to borrow. My tent is worth more to the kids now since it has held so many of their friends.

Have fun! Benna Timperlake (ok to forward seems unnecesary here :}

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Date: Fri, 31 May 1996 09:11:25 -0500

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I asked Trank Turk Jr. to respond to this request. He has organized a VERY SUCCESSFUL program for Kendall School at Gallaudet and is willing to help others. His program has been for the other students at KDES but he has lots for ideas. Thanks Frankie for you help ---Marilyn Galloway, Pre-College Outreach.

From: GALLUA::FWTURK "Frank W. Turk" 30-MAY-1996 09:19:03.50


Subj: ideas for camping class

Hi Marilyn,

These ideas may work well for the person who recently requested ideas for a unit on camping for youngsters.

Please make the person aware also that I'd be happy to talk with them on the phone as well. I can call them or they can call me. My work number is 202-651-5311.



1) I suggest that you incorporate an appreciation for nature activity.
* Build a birdhouse. Pre-cut pieces for a birdhouse. (I have an extra pattern I can send via mail.) Pre-drill nail holes.
- have them paint the houses with a primer paint, then have fun painting pictures with different colors.
- include an instruction sheet when they complete the birdhouses and bring them home to parents. Instruction sheet should explain:
- Nail birdhouses securely from 6-10 feet from the ground
-depends on birds you plan to attract. Size of entry hole determines the bird. (I have a sheet at home).
- You do not have to put birdseed in the house, the birds will only need the house for their nest and will find food elsewhere.
- It is a good idea to clean the birdhouse yearly during the season when the birds are least likely to be nesting. The best way to clean it is to remove the top by tapping it off lightly with a hammer. Take the old nesting material out.
- If you really want to do a good job cleaning, after removing the previous years nest you can flood the birdhouse with water, then clean w/ bleach/hotwater mixture. Rinse again w/ plain water.
- You can select a nice, private place w/ a view to put the house. Perhaps within sight of a window so you can keep a watch on it.

2) Another idea to get the children used to a tent is to actually set up one in your classroom. You can:
* have the students take their afternoon nap in the tent. It does not have to be set up outdoors. Can set up in the classroom.
* have an adventure storytelling hour or read a book in the tent.
* If the tent is setup outside, go out there when it rains & see how fun it is.
* remember that it can get pretty hot in a tent in the afternoon, so plan activities accordingly.

2a) When/if there is an actual camping trip, have it in a backyard so if they chicken out they can go inside.

3) Have a park ranger in uniform come and talk with the students.

4) Go on an adventure hike.
- (sunscreen, drinking water, rain gear, lunch, day-packs, map) Before, during and/or after the hike talk about the different sights, smells, feels they experienced. What was the weather like? What do the birds & other animals do when it rains? What animals live in the water? On ground? In trees? What do animals eat? Food chain. Why are dead trees good? (They harbor insects which feed the birds, they have nesting cavities for woodpeckers, they breakdown and become good soil for future plants to get their nourishment.)

5) Talk about why it is not a good idea to feed animals around the campsite. It is best to leave the animals "wild".
- They can get too dependent on humans for food & during the off season not be prepared to find their own.
- They might bite or become a nuisance (racoons, mice, bear).
- Deer - the mother deer might leave their fawns up to 12 hours while they go forage for food. The fawn knows its territory and will wait within that territory til the mother returns. Often, campers will think the fawn is abandoned & bring the fawn to the ranger. This is not necessary.

6) Another idea is to contact the local Sierra Club chapter or local equipment outfitter to see if they have people that can share their expertise or equipment. Even the Girl Scout or Boy Scout chapters might be helpful w/ activities.

Uploaded by: Melissa Close/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major