Reading Gets Campy in the Classroom

Jayden Sweers and Max Richter look through a book

What better way to read a good story than in the dark with a flashlight? Add s’mores, tents and good friends.

As part of March is Reading month activities, Pine Island Elementary third-graders in teacher Laura Lamoreaux’s class transformed their desks into makeshift tents by covering them with sheets.

Underneath, they read to one another or silently to themselves with flashlights.

The event came about after Lamoreaux read stories to the class about camping, and they discussed camp-out fun like hobo pies, swimming in the lake, fishing, hiking and campfires.

Lamoreaux also celebrated the book-themed month by hosting celebrity guest readers and tying daily activities to reading including a book swap, poetry day and beach day. And she made mystery reading calls to homes in the evening to “catch” students reading.

Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2012. Read Erin's full bio

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