January 18, 2019 – Bryan students from Dr. Lorraine Doran’s Methods of Teaching Reading class held a Literacy Night at Rhea County Academy (RCA) on November 29, 2018. The Literacy Night’s theme was “Camp RCA: Read S’more.” Using this camping theme, Bryan students worked in small groups to teach and prepare activities for either primary or intermediate students.
The students spent time throughout the fall semester preparing for Camp RCA: Read S’more. Creative lesson plans were written and special activities were created to generate excitement about literacy. The Bryan students were given the opportunity to meet with the PreK- 4th grade teachers at RCA during the planning process. This provided an opportunity for students to present their plans for the Literacy Night to current practitioners, who were able to provide feedback based on their knowledge of their students and personal experience.
Before literacy night began, Bryan students spent time decorating the gym and classroom with tents, camping chairs, lanterns, construction paper fires, and pretend ponds for fishing. RCA students were encouraged to bring their sleeping bags to use in the opening and closing activities. At the start of the evening, everyone gathered in the gym for a few fun and engaging camp songs in order to start to kick off the evening. Bryan students then took their assigned grade levels to a classroom for beginning the literacy based activities. Each group selected an age appropriate book that was connected to the idea of camping. After reading the book, students participated in various activities, such as writing a silly story about camping to practice parts of speech, fishing for sight words, and going on bear hunt to practice sequencing. Everyone returned to the gym to end the night with a few more silly camp songs and took home a s’more treat bag to enjoy.
The Bryan students received positive feedback both from parents and RCA teachers. RCA students were engaged throughout the night and enjoyed all of the special activities. Our hope is that the students were able to see learning literacy skills is fun! We hope parents were able to gain some ideas for literacy activities to do at home as well. Camp RCA: Read S’more Literacy Night was a great way for Bryan Education Majors to practically apply what they have been learning in the classroom and to be able to share their enthusiasm for teaching with the community.