Materials: Clue cards sealed in an envelope.
Time: 10-15 minutes.
This activity can be adapted for any curriculum area and is tremendous
It is also another ‘set ‘em and forget
‘em’ type of activity during which the pus
become ‘self-watering plants’.
In cooperative teams or pairs, where peer support naturally occurs,
they work to solve the clues, find facts and collate information. Clues
can be solved by gathering information online, from offline resources
or from a mixture of the two.
The more time you spend setting this up, and the more creative you are
with your clues, the more enjoyment your students will get. The only
problem with this activity is that your students will want to do it
again and again. :) (Scavenger Hunt also works very well as a
whole-lesson activity – just add to the clues).
Teacher identifies websites and offline resources such as books, wall
displays, relevant experts, newspaper articles etc. together with one
specific fact/answer relevant to each source.
Questions are constructed for each fact and written on a question/clue
An extra interactive dimension can be brought into the scavenger hunt
by planting some clues around school rather than merely listing them as
questions on the question/clue sheet. Budding
will be led to find this clue as a result of solving the preceding clue.
(On the question sheet):
In the library on the wall there is a leaflet from the Vegan Society.
Write three sentences from the leaflet which suggest dairy farming is
You will find your next clue under the table directly underneath the
Clues are left in various locations around the classroom/school with
each clue including directions to find the next.