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Sunday, February 1, 2009

Scavenger Hunt

Using old textbooks and other resources, come up with pictures and text that answer specific questions about the information that you would like your students to learn. Put each picture or text on a piece of construction paper and laminate it for future use. Next, you should type questions that can be answered from the created visuals. I recommend that you use different types of questions to spur interest. You may want to have some fill-in-the-blank answers, some listing, some matching, etc. Visuals are placed on the wall in numerical order and students move from one visual to the next answering the designated questions for each visual. You need four copies of each scavenger hunt so that your class can be divided into groups to prevent them from having to wait to answer questions. This means that you have four walls in your classroom and there should be a scavenger hunt on each wall. If your average class is 25 then you need to have seven items in each scavenger hunt and the back ground for each scavenger hunt on each wall should be on a different color.

Sample visuals can be viewed below.


1. Create Visuals
2. Create and type questions/answer sheets (see math answer sheet that is
3. Number your students 1-7 or the number of pictures you have
4. Give the 1st 7 students you numbered a color and then the next seven another color, etc.
5. Each student then goes to his assigned color and number
6. When a student finishes their station they move onto the next. For example if they started at blue #6, they would go to blue #7 next, then blue #1, then blue #2, then blue #3, then blue #4, then blue #5
7. When students have completed all visuals, the teacher should check it for completion; and if all work has not been completed, the student must return to the scavenger hunt until all work is done.

Note: if students are doing math problems you can quickly check answers and if a student has an incorrect answer the student can redo the problem immediately.

8. Have another assignment ready for any student that finishes early.

Scavenger Hunt

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