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Camping Theme Storytime Lesson


Grade Levels:
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, and 3rd Grade

Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Teaching Duration:
1-2 class periods

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Get your students excited for summer with this Summer Camping Library Storytime! Students will learn about campfire songs, American Sign Language, what to pack for a camping trip, camping idioms, forest animals, kayaks, and more!

This library storytime includes a library lesson presentation, a scrolling slideshow, two differentiated scavenger hunts, a standards-aligned lesson plan, and recommended reads.

Please note that this presentation is designed to complement a read-aloud. The actual read-aloud story comes from you!

This lesson has 66 total pages & slides, and it includes:

  • 54-slide Lesson Presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint + Google Slides
    • All body text is editable; you choose which slides you want to use.
    • 22 slides are for the read-aloud and/or guided lesson that walks you through the storytime lesson.
    • 25 slides are “scrolling presentation” slides that are great for extending storytime lessons or scrolling in the library during checkout and downtimes.
    • 7 slides are review slides at the end of the lesson to keep students engaged as they line up.
  • Two (2) editable, differentiated scavenger hunts (3 pages, PowerPoint and PDF)
    • Students “hunt” for images and information in the Part 2 scrolling slides part of the presentation. This gives students something to focus on during library checkout and downtime.
    • “Easier” version – Students color the objects as they find them.
    • “Harder” version – Students answer questions about the information in the slides, plus find smaller images.
    • Answer key is included.
  • List of 19 recommended books to accompany this lesson (1 page, PowerPoint and PDF)
    • The list is editable and great to hand out to parents, teachers, and students looking for related books.
  • Detailed, pre-filled Library Lesson Plan in editable PDF and PowerPoint formats (2 pages), aligned to:
    • AASL National School Library Standards for Learners,
    • National Common Core ELA Standards, and
    • Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
  • Google Classroom Basics (4 pages, PDF)
  • Instructions on how to set up PowerPoint slide timings for scrolling slides (2 pages, PDF)

22 Storytime Slides:

Part 1 is a guided whole-class discussion. The slides walk you through the entire class discussion, from start to finish.

  • Storytime song: “Down In the Valley” and “Home on the Range”
  • ASL sign language for “camping” and “summer” — includes video links and step-by-step directions for making the signs
  • “Let’s pack for camping!” whole-class game – Students determine which of three items should NOT be taken on a camping trip. (5 questions)
  • Slide for your read-aloud (paste the book cover on the slide).
  • Checkout reminders slide — Add your own reminders!
  • “What Should We Do Now?” slide — This is very clear instructions on what students should be doing after the lesson.

25 Scrolling Slides:

Part 2 is the scrolling slides. Set them on a timer to scroll on a screen during library checkout. Students can use the scrolling slides to complete one of the two Scavenger Hunts.

  • Vocabulary Word of the Week: “kayak”
  • American Sign Language fingerspelling: “H-O-T” and “C-A-M-P”
  • Idioms: “breaking camp” and “bigger fish to fry”
  • “How to” make s’mores, outdoors and indoors
  • Mystery Animal
  • Career Options for People Who Love the Outdoors: park ranger, lifeguard, and camp counselor
  • 2 Would-You-Rather Questions
  • 2 Trivia Questions with Answers

7 Wrap Up Slides:

Part 3 is the review slides. They are 6 open-ended questions that make great time-fillers to use while waiting for teachers to pick up students from library class. All the questions are editable and answered in the presentation, but students can also make up additional answers.

IMPORTANT! Due to copyright law, read-aloud videos of the books are NOT included. You will have to record yourself reading the book, or do a live stream of the read-aloud for students to access the book. If your library owns the ebook(s), you could also share how to read or access ebooks through your online catalog or ebook management platform.


Standards Addressed:

AASL National School Library Standards – See the AASL Standards Framework for Learners to view full text. 

  • Inquire – A.1. – C.1.
  • Explore – D.3.

Common Core English Language Arts Standards –
© Copyright 2010 National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and Council of Chief State School Officers. All rights reserved.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.10. – CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.K.6.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.10.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1.

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Yes, all instructional materials are editable.

Grade Levels

Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Lesson Plan Included?

Yes, with AASL Standards

Teaching Duration

1 class period, 2 class periods


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