camping in the classroom

In second grade this week, the HM Reading series has us reading...

My students LOVE this book! They also love the other Henry and Mudge books. I had to check them all out from the school library so they could explore all the different adventures Henry and Mudge go on.

I love to get them excited about the different HM Reading stories each week.
For this story, I actually asked the Mr. if we could get a little Mudge puppy... he said NO WAY.  
My students would have L.O.V.E.D. that.  Too bad... ;)

Anyways, I did get some glow in the dark stars so we could have a "Starry Night Classroom". 
It was the first thing they noticed Monday morning and it's all they could talk about all day.
Needless to say, this alone got them excited about our story and I got it all at the dollar store!

At the end of the day (Monday) I pulled out my homemade camping fire. 
It was super easy to make. All it took was a cardboard base, purple holiday lights, 
tissue paper, a glue gun, rocks and sticks from the backyard. 

We put it in the middle of our circle during Community Circle time. My students huddle up and pretend they are around a real fire. They are too cute!

The best is when we turn off the lights and I tell a scary Halloween story... 
but don't worry, it always turns out to be silly!!

How do you get your students excited about reading?

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