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Scavenger Hunt
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Number of people: Any
Materials: Clue cards sealed in an envelope.
Time: 10-15 minutes.

This activity can be adapted for any curriculum area and is tremendous fun.
It is also another ‘set ‘em and forget ‘em’ type of activity during which the pus effectively 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 sheet.
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 ‘Sherlocks’ will be led to find this clue as a result of solving the preceding clue.

For example:
(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 cruel.
You will find your next clue under the table directly underneath the leaflet.

Clues are left in various locations around the classroom/school with each clue including directions to find the next.

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