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Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« on: November 13, 2014, 08:48:45 am »
Hi everyone! I had a really successful summer camp and I though I'd share it.

I used another camp I found on Waygook for the foundation (I forget which user, but thank you!) and expanded it to a two week camp with a workbook. The post should include the ppts, workbook files, and materials.

The camp was set as 10 1.5 hour periods (2 weeks)

The workbook is included as a pdf and ppt in case you need to make any changes. To print the workbook you will have to do some experimenting with your printer as far as double sided and getting the pages to print in the proper order but it IS possible (and well worth it).

Make sure you go through all of the presentations beforehand because there may be some formatting issues since I was using 2 different versions of ppt.

***Please take time to read the lesson plan because there are some important notes I added after the camp (in red text).

Have fun!!!
« Last Edit: November 13, 2014, 09:07:32 am by tyson.monk »


  • MartinBrez
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Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2014, 12:24:48 pm »
Some really good ideas here!

I might use and adapt some of your ideas for my winter camp with third and fourth grade students. Certainly enough activities to fill up three hours each day.

My camps last three hours each day over five days; but the last day is a movie and pizza day. Certainly enough activities to fill up three hours each day.

Good job  :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:


Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2014, 03:23:31 pm »
Great base for my winter camp bro!!! If you are ever in Gangnam, I'll grab you a beer or 3 :P


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Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2014, 03:08:18 pm »
Awesome awesome stuff! thanks Tyson!


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Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2014, 01:19:20 pm »
Especially with all the Interstellar hype nowadays, this camp is perfect and so incredibly well put together. I'll be using some of it for my winter camp this year, thank you so so much for sharing!!!  ;D


Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2014, 08:23:05 am »
Thank you so much for this! My kids will love the space theme. Awesome job.


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Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2014, 03:29:28 pm »
 thank you very much!


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Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2014, 10:36:47 am »
Can you tell me what music video did you show on first day?


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Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2014, 03:50:27 pm »
I'm in a middle school, but I can easily adapt it for a higher level.
Thanks alot.
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Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2014, 02:23:40 pm »
Thanks Tyson! Awesome stuff, and I will buy you a beer for your hard work!


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Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2014, 08:50:59 am »
wow dude!!! only in the 2nd PPT and really impressed...great job and thanks so much :)


Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2014, 10:07:47 am »
I agree with the others. Great job.

The only thing missing is either a link to the music video or if it was a file on your computer. I would really like to see this music video.


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Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2014, 01:28:43 pm »
Yo guys it's Backstreet Boys - Larger Than Life
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEb2CecR11I



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Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2014, 02:17:27 pm »
I agree with everyone else, this is fantastic work! I can't wait to do this for my camp.

One question, how did you colour the planets for the solar system craft? In the picture it looks like it was printed on. Did you do that or use paint/crayon?


Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2014, 10:16:05 am »
Hey guys! Thanks for all the great compliments and feedback. To answer some questions:

I had the students colour the planets with crayon/marker/pencil crayon and then helped them tape the planets to the cardboard circle. Most of the students looked at the pictures of the planets in the booklet to help them colour. (My booklets were colour printed!)
**As a tip, I made a template for the placement of the planets on the cardboard circles and gave the students their cardboard with a dot and planet name beside each one.
1) Cut out one cardboard circle to use as the template.
2) Draw a spiral starting from the center and working outward. (The sun will sit at the start of the spiral)
3) Draw 8 dots strategically spaced so none of the planets are too far from each other or clustered in a small area. (I know this is not scientifically accurate but it makes for a more balanced finished product)
4) Write the planet name beside each dot (Mercury being closest to the center and Neptune closest to the edge.
5) Use a knife to poke/drill a small hole on each dot.
6) Put the template on top of each cardboard circle and pop the marker through the hole to mark the perfect spot for each planet.
7) Remover the template and write the correct name beside each dot.

It's a bit labor intensive but I found it was totally worth it for the kids to have a better finished product.

For the constellation viewer, the "rotating arm" part was fastened in the middle with a paper fastener and the hole cut out at the end was normally a tight enough fit that the tube just stayed in with a friction fit. Some of my students used scotch tape to hold it in better.


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Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2014, 07:12:04 pm »
Thank you Tyson.

One more (kind of silly  :undecided:) question. What kind of string do you use? I have to tell my co teacher what supplies to order and I never know how to specify when I ask for 'string'.


Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2014, 07:34:51 am »
Thank you Tyson.

One more (kind of silly  :undecided:) question. What kind of string do you use? I have to tell my co teacher what supplies to order and I never know how to specify when I ask for 'string'.

Haha, any kind of string is fine but if the string is too heavy/thick it looks a bit funny since it takes away the illusion of the planets "floating." I can't say that I know exactly how to describe the proper string. Not thread but not rope? Good luck :)


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Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #17 on: December 19, 2014, 08:13:52 am »
I hate being repetitive, but seriously awesome job.  You've just made my life a hell of a lot easier.


Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2014, 01:28:48 pm »
I hate being repetitive, but seriously awesome job.  You've just made my life a hell of a lot easier.

Agreed. I'm also adapting this material for winter camp. A suggestion to those doing so. Storybots songs about space.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHAqT4hXnMw


Re: Summer Space Camp - Elementary
« Reply #19 on: December 19, 2014, 01:30:15 pm »