BELLVILLE — The gymnasium at the Hines Street school building was filled with kids wearing the green Clear Fork color Friday as youngsters in kindergarten through fifth grade showed parents and friends the result of their “literacy summer camp.”
The kids were aided by teachers and came equipped with vivid posters as they talked about writing their own books, how they learned about animal habitats and learned “adaptation” skills.
Third graders talked about structural and behavioral adaptations, plus what it means to have an inherited trait.
Emily Doup was portraying a squirrel, and she was able to say “thank goodness for my bushy tail.” She turned and showed how her green shirt was tied in the back.
The tail is something that helps give a squirrel support.
The stage of the gymnasium came equipped with a microphone, but that implement wasn’t of much use to some students, who were too short, or too tall, to speak easily into it.
The first graders wrote their own version of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.”
They talked about being a black dog, a white cow, a pink cat, a great elephant and a blue whale.
They also displayed four different posters showing book titles, and what they had learned from the animals.
The first was “The very quiet cricket.” From that they learned to “keep trying and never give up.”
The “Mixed-up Chameleon”gave out the lesson “it is good to be yourself.”
The “Grouchy Ladybug” advised” be kind to others and share stuff.
Older youngsters were able to portray people reading “action news.” They were interviewing tough subjects: a slug and a snail.
A group of young girls showed up, portraying “problem solvers.”
They told the crowd that filled the gym they had many accomplishments.
“We invented money,” they said. One of them said she invented the first shopping card; another developed padded doors so shopping carts wouldn’t get damaged.
A Mr. Zamboni (again portrayed by a girl) talked about having made a machine that clears ice.
Another had invented contact lenses, in 1888. Then there was the invention of Velcro.
Parents took photos and happily gave applause as the youngsters showed off their summer camp skills. This was a two-week session, where some teachers volunteered time to work with the students.
The Hines Street building houses teachers and students handling kindergarten through fifth grade.