Take advantage of students' interest in treasure hunts to help them
learn about a science topic.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Reference materials, such as encyclopedias, nonfiction books,
children's magazines, and science textbooks
- Index cards
WHAT TO DO
- 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:
- What makes a volcano erupt?
- What happens when a volcano erupts?
- Which U. S. state has the most volcanoes?
- 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.
- Have each student or group choose three questions and use the
treasure map to help them find answers to their questions.
- 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.
- Have students work in groups to make their own treasure maps.
They can research a topic of interest, develop three questions about
the topic, and create a treasure map that other students can use to
answer might those questions. You want to make the basic map and
have students create their own icons and other symbols to
personalize their maps. Once each group has finished their maps,
arrange a map swap and let the treasure hunt begin.
- Work with the whole class to create a treasure map large enough
to display in your a school hallway. Invite other classes to go on a
treasure hunt. The library, computer lab, or even other teachers
could be locations (resources) on the map.
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