Scavenger Hunts for Students

You and your classmates can use scavenger hunts as fun and creative ways to learn new skills or materials. If your study group is looking for a creative way to cover your test material, you could design a scavenger hunt from from your own textbook or lesson.

Textbook Scavenger Hunt

You can retain more information if you practice active study strategies. You and your study group can design a scavenger hunt based on topics you find in your own textbooks.

This is a great way to prepare for a test!

Like any scavenger hunt, a textbook scavenger hunt requires a list of items to be found.  To make this game fun and educational for everyone in your study group, you can generate this list of questions as a team. Each member of your group should come up with one or two questions that require a little ‘digging’ or extra thought – just like questions you expect to find on your test.

Then you can combine the questions into a list.

You can be creative when planning a textbook scavenger hunt.  Here are a few examples of questions that will make your fellow students think (and encourage them to learn).

  • History text: Find an image that represents independence and be prepared to explain your answer.
  • Literature text: Describe what the character must be thinking in paragraph two, page 42.
  • Science text: Describe the third paragraph on page 56 with one word.

Library Scavenger Hunt

The library scavenger hunt is as much fun to plan as it is to play.

To plan this, simply walk around the library and open random books to a page that looks interesting. Find something interesting, write down a question about the topic you choose, and be sure to record the name of the book and the page number for every question.

Create a list of questions from your search, providing the book name and page number for each question.

Your fellow students can work together to search the library. This is a good way to learn the layout of a library.

Science Photo Hunt

When studying for a science test, you can gain a fuller understanding of your topics by finding examples from real life. You and your study group can design a photo scavenger hunt based on lessons from your science book.

Here are a few examples you could use:

  • Take a photo of something that puts magnets to work (cupboard doors)
  • Take a photo of a monocot or dicot flower and name it.
  • Take a photo of a life form that has adapted to its environment (any insect)

Research Scavenger Hunt

Learn to improve research skills by designing a research hunt. Challenge classmates to find specific resources with very precise topics. Examples include:

  • Find a journal article about African-American midwives
  • Find a book about poisonous snakes in West Virginia
  • Find a published diary written by a woman in the mid-nineteenth century
  • Find an interview with a politician who defends the death penalty

Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt

If you’re facing a vocabulary quiz, you could get together with friends and design a vocabulary hunt: each student could start with the list of vocabulary words and find the most creative or interesting use of each word.

The group could then meet to vote on the best use of each new vocabulary word. The student with the most votes wins the hunt.