Mini Scavenger Hunt
Contributed by Yael Ben-Zion
To build class community by working together in small groups, and learn about each other through the scavenger hunt.
- Group Brainstorm: Ask students if they know what scavenger hunt is and gather answers. Use their full group brainstorm to create criteria for when they do the scavenger hunt.
- Explain how you are going to play: the class will be divided into groups of 3 or 4 students, each group will have to take one picture (or, if they don’t have cameras, draw one sketch) of each of the following: something that makes noise, something that makes them laugh, something that reminds them of their families/homes, something they all have in common, something that connects to the next part of your lesson.
- Each small group takes 5 minutes to brainstorm and plan their objects and roles
- Then have 5 minutes of the Scavenger Hunt! Groups roam around as needed to take the pictures or sketch.
- Come together to share out the images as a whole class.
- How did your group come up with the idea?
- How was it to brainstorm?
- What was your favorite category?
Transition into Activity
Ask students if they ever heard of scavenger hunt. Try playing music that inspires students to get into a searching or adventure mood.
Transition out of Activity
Have groups share the picture or sketch of the thing you asked them to find that is connected to the next part of your lesson. Use that as a springboard into the next section.
Students start as a full class for the brainstorm & directions (audience style at the rug or their desks). Then do the activity in small groups (roaming around the space). Share out & reflection happens back as a full class.
- Use cameras/phone cameras/ paper and pencils to sketch. (Have adaptive handles available)
- Adjust list of categories according to students’ interest or topics related to your class/residency.
- Swap from taking pictures or drawing to collecting actual materials – if students need more concrete realia experiences.
- Students can decide who takes the picture/or draws, according to the students’ interests and abilities.
- Use a visual timer or music during their small group working time.
- It may be helpful to have the groups planned ahead of time, with the help of the Classroom Professionals.
- Offer a list of ‘roles’ each member of the group can do (ex: director, drawer, camera operator, list checker, object/subject finder) – take some time for students to choose or have the Classroom Professionals assign roles or have students rotate roles for each object.
Role of the Teachers and Paraprofessionals
- Planning who is in each small group.
- Supporting students who need help in the group setting, or work with students individually if needed.
- Managing the timer, or music during the searching time.
- Helping small groups in brainstorming.
- If possible assisting with uploading/printing images or projecting the images onto a smart/promethium board, they can help with this task.
- If needed have them assign roles within each small group.
Students could take a picture and share it on their screen or draw or sketch the items. Try playing music while they sketch or take the pictures. You can have students turn their cameras off while searching and then have a ‘big reveal’ moment when they turn their cameras on to reveal what they took a picture of or drew. Students can work individually and share with the class once they are done, or they can work in small groups, using break-rooms to brainstorm, and work together as a group each making of the pictures – then one member takes a screenshot to share with the full class. You could also change it up and have students search for actual items around them that they then bring back to share with their classmates.