“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!
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.
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.
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!