Treasure Hunt

Science Activity

Take advantage of students' interest in treasure hunts to help them learn about a science topic.



  1. For the treasure hunt, you will need to prepare questions about a topic in science, such as volcanoes, and then write each question on an index card. (The number of questions depends upon the size of your class). Some questions about volcanoes might be:

  2. Create an icon or symbol for each reference source and place those books and magazines in different parts of the classroom. Use the icons and the locations to create sites on a "treasure map" that students can follow to find the answers to their questions. Number the treasure sites on the map to correspond to the questions. Each student or group will need their own map.

  3. Have each student or group choose three questions and use the treasure map to help them find answers to their questions.

  4. Encourage students to footnote each answer with the source they used to answer the question and write it in the style you normally require for writing reference sources.


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