46-Utilize the ENTIRE School Building with this Engaging Scavenger Hunt…Starring Caroline Craig-Bowden and Sandy Smith

As I read through the 20 page assignment on the Industrial Revolution, I kept thinking to myself...Wow, this is boring! If I was feeling that burn, imagine what my students were going to feel. I decided it was time to break out of the box. In this case, literally break out of the box of the four walls of my classroom. I sent my students on a school-wide scavenger hunt utilizing QR-codes, a hint sheet, and provocative prompts from the reading. This episode will detail this EPIC lesson plan from the vantage point of two of my awesome students. I will also offer advice on how you can create a scavenger hunt at your school.

Caroline Craig-Bowden and Sandy Smith

First, secure a QR code reader. I love this simple, but powerful app i-nigma.

Second, produce QR codes. Classroom Tools has a remarkably easy site to utilize in this quest. Merely type in the questions and answers and then Classroom Tools will generate the codes.

And finally, concoct hiding places around the school for your codes. Create a HINT SHEET to help students search. Below, is my list. I’ll bet you could apply many of my hiding places to your building!

HINT SHEET:

  1. Finding this one could take you to another level
  2. On the back of a warning
  3. Where Sturtevant gets his Old Skool messages
  4. These kids looked great in 88
  5. Behind something black and gray
  6. If you find this one…YOU’RE REALLY ON A ROLL!
  7. If you don’t find this code, your prospects of winning will be extinguished
  8. Open this door and find an awesome relationship
  9. If you get to the bottom of where this code is placed…I’ll be shocked
  10. Search this virtual tool we use daily

ANSWERS:

  1. Elevator
  2. On the back of the “No Firearms” warning on the front door
  3. My mailbox in the main office
  4. The Class of 1988 composite
  5. On the backside of a trashcan in the hallway
  6. On the the large paper rolls in the supply room
  7. On an obscure fire extinguisher
  8. On the backside of my wife’s office door
  9. On the bottom of the defibrillator in the basement
  10. On the “About” section of Google Classroom

Episode Template

The Problem:

Your next lesson looks a bit dry.

The Solution:

Incorporate unit concepts into a scavenger hunt utilizing your entire building.

What You Can Do Tomorrow:

  1. Download the i-nigma QR reader
  2. Create QR codes on Classroom Tools
  3. Determine hiding places for codes around the building
  4. Craft a Hint Sheet

Morph a dull lesson into challenging your students to hustle around the building formulating wonderful responses to the day’s essential questions.

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