R2BR Camp Week 1
The Read to Be Ready summer reading camp for students in the Greeneville City Schools began at Tusculum View on Tuesday May 28, 2019. The curriculum for the first week focused on plants and provided opportunities for students to explore a wide variety of books on plants, plant life cycles, seeds, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and gardening. What Do You Do With a Chance? by Cobi Yamada, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner, The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony, and Jack's Garden by Henry Cole were several of the books used to stimulate interest and provide information relative to the theme of the day’s lesson. Each day campers enjoyed listening to books read aloud to them, partner reading with a buddy, and writing poems and stories in their journal. Hands-on activities included preparing corn and beans for sprouting, dissecting a black walnut to see where the embryo was hiding, planting walnut trees in cups, exploring the pond habitat to make observations about seeds, tasting fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries, and preparing the school garden for planting. On Wednesday campers visited the Greeneville City Schools’ book bus to choose four new books to take home. The next day students once again “grew” their home library by selecting three more books provided by the Read to Be Ready grant.

Another highlight of the week was the field trip. Students, dressed in their camp t-shirts, camp hats, and colorful camp backpacks, provided by the Greeneville City Schools Education Foundation, embarked on an amazing learning experience to the Greeneville/Greene County Library where Erin Evans, library director, introduced campers to the library, engaged the student audience in several interactive read a louds, explained how to get a library card, presented campers with a book, and handed out “goodie bags”. The next stop was the Greeneville Sun, the local newspaper, where Dale Long, director of printing, and Michael Reneau, editor, explained how news stories for the paper are written, prepared, and published. This adventure also included a chance to see the printing plates being made, the presses in action, and bundles of newspapers being loaded for delivery. Students were given that day’s newspaper and a free subscription to the paper for the month of June. The last stop was the garden center at Lowe’s. Florence Thompson, garden center associate, taught the campers about garden herbs by enticing them to smell each one’s sweet aroma. Students planted a flower in a planter and were given a tomato plant to add to their personal garden. The excited campers concluded the week with many memorable experiences and learning opportunities to help them make connections between the real world and what they had been reading in class.
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