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Scavenger Hunts: Searching for Treasure on the Internet!


Internet scavenger hunts are a way for students to practice problem solving, improve their reading and comprehension skills, and learn how to search the Internet. Included: A sampling of online scavenger hunts for students of all ages!



Scavenger hunts, or treasure hunts, have quickly become one of the most popular tools for teaching students how to access and use the resources and information available on the Internet. There are many reasons for the hunts' rapidly growing popularity. Among them:


  • Online scavenger hunts are easy to create and the resulting interactive searches are both fun and informative for students.


  • The hunts can be geared to virtually any curriculum area, simultaneously providing students with technological and subject matter knowledge.


  • Online scavenger hunts can be used as a whole class activity, as a team activity, or as a means of providing individual students with review or challenge activities.


  • Scavenger hunts can be as simple or involved as circumstances dictate. Younger students may be provided with only a few questions, along with the links or URLs necessary for finding the answers, while older students may be given only a broad topic and asked to find their own sources for obtaining necessary information.



Below is a sampling of Internet scavenger hunts that have appeared on the pages of Education World during the past year:


  • The Ants Go Marching...Into Your Lesson Plans! Why not capitalize on students' fascination with insects? Education World offers a scavenger hunt, with questions for students in all grades (and an "Ant-swer" Key, of course!) Every teacher should have "ants in your plans!" Included: Fun activities to extend ants into your language arts curriculum.


  • Celebrate the Century: Search the Web for U.S. History of the 1930s Search the Web to learn more about the stories behind the recent issue of 15 stamps commemorating the people, places, events, and trends of the 1930s. Explore Web sites related to the Empire State Building, Superman, the Great Depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Monopoly board game, and more! (Note: This file might take a minute or two to load, because images of each of the new stamps are included in the article.)


  • Animals of the World: An Internet Scavenger Hunt! Where in the world do some animals live? Celebrate National Zoo and Aquarium Month by sending your students on an Internet scavenger hunt! They'll learn about the natural habitats of ten of the world's animals -- including some animals they've never heard of! Two versions! One for beginners and one for experienced surfers.


  • A Black History Treasure Hunt! Send students on a Black History scavenger hunt! Students can learn about famous black Americans while polishing their Internet surfing skills. Four different "hunts" -- for students of all ages!


  • Track the Meteor Storm Online! To help students understand the causes and effects of meteors and meteor showers, we've created three scavenger hunts -- for elementary, middle, and high school students. Each scavenger hunt also includes several cross-curricular activities that can be used to extend the lesson.


Article by Linda Starr
Education World®
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Updated 06/08/2010