Scavenger hunts (the well-thought-out ones) are not only fun but also highly engaging and challenging, promotes collaboration and problem-solving skills while creating meaningful learning among learners.
Scavenger Hunt Activity Using BookWidgets
Scavenger hunt activities can be done at any stages of the lesson; for an entry point to introduce or hook learners to a new topic, as the main activity or for an exit point or a review activity at the end of a unit.
There are many choices of apps or online tools to create scavenger hunts such as BreakoutEdu, Goosechase and BookWidgets. In this post, I’ll show you how to create a scavenger hunt digitally or combined using BookWidgets.
Planning a Scavenger Hunt Activity
The first thing to do is to decide the purpose or goal of your scavenger hunt? Below are some ideas with examples:
1) Review lesson or Formative Assessment:- To gather items or take pictures of the images on a list, for example, objects that start with the letter “b” in the Early Years phonics lesson.
2) Entry Point or Main Activity:- Perform tasks, for example, record a short role-play, create a jingle or take a group picture in front of a specific building or structure.
3) Exit Point or Lesson Consolidation:- Solve a problem online or combined such as quiz, jigsaw puzzle, pair matching, riddles, Wordsearch and many more.
The next thing to do is create a storyline or some sort of structure with all the challenges or tasks that will lead to the final outcome. This could be a subject-specific scavenger hunt such as a Length Measurement scavenger hunt where the challenges include measuring certain objects with various measuring tools and taking pictures of a specific object with the corresponding length or it could be a Volcanologist Mission with challenges such as quiz, puzzles and Wordsearch to test their knowledge on volcano unit. It could also be solving a mystery or themed ones like Easter or Christmas. You can use this template to plan your scavenger hunt to ensure successful execution.
Creating a Digital or Combined Scavenger Hunt using BookWidgets
BookWidgets has over 40 interactive online activities or widgets such as worksheets, quiz, split worksheet, whiteboard, jigsaw puzzles, flashcards, pair matching and many more. WebQuest which is designed in an inquiry-oriented lesson format is the perfect widget to create an online or combined scavenger hunt. Check out the video below on how to create a scavenger hunt activity using WebQuest.
Carrying out Scavenger Hunt Activity in Classroom
Below are the steps to carry out scavenger hunt activity in a classroom setting. Of course, this can also be done in a fully online class if you’re still doing remote learning.
1) Print out an instruction sheet complete with an access link or QR code for the BookWidgets scavenger activity and grouping.
2) Set the room up beforehand with all the items or materials needed to complete the tasks or challenges, such as Ipads or other devices, posters, pictures, objects and so on.
3) Give clear instructions and expectations before starting the activity. Go through the goal of the activity and what they need to do to complete the challenge.
Most importantly, let them have fun and enjoy their learning moment.
Scavenger Hunt Takeaway
Scavenger hunt activity takes time to prepare so it is advisable to reserve it only for a specific point of a lesson or unit. Templates or example WebQuests are available in BookWidgets, so you can make a copy and edit it according to your need. Breakoutedu.com has plenty of ready-made escape room games in any subjects either digitally or combined to save you time. In conclusion, scavenger hunt activity is worth the time and effort as it helps educator boost engagement and makes learning fun. So what are you waiting for? Let the hunting begin!