A scavenger hunt is a game in which people must obtain items on a list within a time limit and without buying the items. They must “scavenge” for the items – sometimes these can be tasks that they must complete, or information that they discover. The game is won by the individual or the team that scavenges the most items on the list in the allotted time.
This can be a fun and educational game for the classroom! Scavenger hunts reinforce reading skills and promote practice with: following directions, indexing, scanning, sight words, sequencing, and so much more!
This activity can be used as a cut-and-paste activity with the teacher reading each item and each child locating it. It can be done in competitive groups seeing which child/group can finish first. Older students can work individually or in groups, cutting and pasting into a notebook, competing for a prize.
One handy, inexpensive, informational tool for a class scavenger hunt is the daily newspaper! Magazines could also be used. In addition, such a scavenger hunt could be completed online if students have computer access.
INSTRUCTIONS: Look through your daily newspaper (or magazines) and find the following items. Write down what you find and where you found it. (Or cut and paste the items.) When you have found every item on the list, stand up and shout “Happy Halloween!”
- The scariest news item you can find
- A classified ad for something a witch might use
- A picture of a broom
- The longest word you can find that includes the letters B-O-O in order
- Five items that should be included in a witch’s brew
- A good safety rule for trick-or-treaters to remember
- A pumpkin
- A display advertisement illustrating something that would make an unusual treat
- Something the witch could ride if her trusty broom were broken
- Something shaped like a witch’s hat
- Newsmaker or comic character that could get along well with a witch
- The greeting “Happy Halloween”
- Something as fluffy as a ghost
- Recipe for a Halloween party snack
- A picture of something as slimy as the inside of a pumpkin
- A word that includes the letters G-O-B-L-I-N, in any order
- Find five Halloween words or phrases (for example: skull, full moon, candy corn, black cat)
- An advertisement for a Halloween costume
These lessons and others (K-12, all subjects) are available in workbook style or other formats – for teachers, parents, students, or homeschoolers. Contact CJ Hatcher at [email protected]