Movement while Learning: Scavenger Hunts

“Life is more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.”  ― Jimmy Buffett

Look for my newest featured freebie to try out the scavenger hunt experience!

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My class gets antsy this time of year. We need to move more, but we still need to be learning. I am not a teacher that feels once the test is over there’s nothing more to teach. I feel every moment we have needs to be adding value to our kids education. These games are created with rigor and complexity of thought, whenever possible.

I’ve been making a new product to get us up and moving and learning in a controlled manner! My scavenger hunts come with between 12 – 20 cards (usually in color) to be placed in “hidden” locations throughout the room. During reading rotations one of the groups wanders the room with clipboards searching for the clues to complete their Scavenger Hunt sheet. The kids really enjoy these activities. When I tell them we have a new one, they actually cheer!

We have done these as part of rotations during both reading and math group times. We have also done then for science and social studies. Usually for science and social studies I have them work as a whole class and pair resource students with more capable students. This differentiation really helps those who are struggling.

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I currently have these reading topics: context clues, main ideas, and predicting outcomes. I also have a language review scavenger hunt and scoot game, homophones, and alphabetical order.

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Several math topics that require some critical thinking are available. These are geometric vocabulary, number sense (place value), fractions, and perimeter and area.

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Science topics currently includes: body systems, grasslands animal adaptations, and plants (one of my best sellers).

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I have really done quite a few for social studies already! Economics, map skills, and landforms are the first of many that will cover the important topics. Inventors will follow soon.  I am working on  an “Explore the state” series. I have Texas and Nebraska ready to purchase. New Jersey and Ohio are in process. I’d be happy to hear what you would like to see next.

I am also working to provide a scavenger hunt for every holiday. Earth Day, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, and Summer Fun are the first ones ready and selling like hotcakes!

My 4th of July Scavenger Hunt will become my featured freebie as of today, so that you can get an idea of how the scavenger hunts work!

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