Classroom Scavenger Hunt

by becky on August 13, 2011

So, instead of enjoying one of my last weekends of freedom in my pool, I have been working on back to school activities. Why? Oh yeah, because it’s POURING outside. Dear Summer, please don’t end. The good news is, I’ve been creating some new activities to use the first week of school. In my district, we have an Institute Day on the 22nd, The students come for an hour and forty minutes on the 23rd, and then our first full day is the 24th. Talk about a wacky week. It’s too short to really start teaching anything but procedures, routines, and expectations. I am definitely going to be using my School Rocks game during that first week, but I know I needed some more ideas. Since, I am a BIG supporter of Cooperative Learning, I have my students create partner clocks so that they will always have an assigned partner. In the past, I’ve used Mrs. Van Dyke’s version. But, this year, I made something more fun for my kiddos to use. If you visited me the first few weeks that I started my blog, you may have snagged a copy of my Partner Phone. I decided to take it off Teachers Pay Teachers and put it on Google docs instead. If you would like a copy, click on the picture below.

After my class and I discuss partnerships, one of the very first activities they will try is a Classroom Scavenger Hunt. I found this suggestion on ProTeacher and really don’t know why I haven’t tried it before. What a great way for students to work together to find items around the classroom. I made a version for my classroom, a blank version for you to write your items in, and numbers 1-20. Feel free to use my version with your students. I figured everyone’s class is way different but I included mine in case you need some ideas. The numbers are for you to put around the classroom. That way instead of just checking off that they found the items, they need to record which number was by the item. It also adds to the “hunt”. If you’d like a copy for your class, click on either of the pictures below. Hope you like it. I’m always looking for new ideas, so if you have any back to school ideas, please share them! THANKS! 🙂

Have a great weekend and stay dry! 🙂

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Erika August 14, 2011 at 12:17 am

Your link isn’t working. The first week of school I am going to play a cooperative version of “I have Who has” to review rules, some classroom areas and procedures, and places and faces in our school. You can see what I mean at my blog
I can email you the document if you are interested because it obviously would need to be personalized.


becky August 14, 2011 at 2:10 am

Hi Erika, I’m so sorry the link isn’t working. I’m not sure what’s wrong… I’ll try to see what I can do. Thanks for sharing your “I have, who has…” game! Have a great school year!


Lisa August 14, 2011 at 3:23 am

the link opened for me


Anita Goodwin August 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Love the phone idea. Was thinking we study place value first in math and may change my hunt to higher numbers and use them with my place value unit the second week of school. Thanks so much for posting!! Love your theme of dots with your dalmatian. So cute!!


Charlotte August 16, 2011 at 8:38 am

awesome blog, do you have twitter or facebook? i will bookmark this page thanks.

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becky August 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Hi Charlotte! I don’t have a twitter or facebook for my blog (yet), but thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! 🙂


Tina August 21, 2011 at 10:29 am

Love this idea;)!!!! Gonna be using it next week! Thank you!


Alysia August 21, 2011 at 6:46 pm

Love it too!
Miss B, Busy Bee


Amber Unger March 7, 2012 at 4:39 am

Your freebies and posts are just AWESOME! Thank you for sharing. 🙂 By the way, I wrote about you and your “Time Capsule Writing” freebie on my blog!


Ramona June 8, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Thanks for sharing. I like that you use it as a review of classroom rules and procedures. I can see how I can use this when I want to review procedures for math and reading workshop. Thanks


S. CHANDLER July 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Would you please email me a pic of your math calendar board?

Thank you1


Mary Couch August 10, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Please explain how to use the phone partner.


Karen B August 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Hi! I love your classroom scavenger hunt. Can you tell me the name of the font you used? I’ve seen it before and I love it.


Quenifel February 4, 2013 at 3:18 am

thanks! now i have already an idea about scavenger hunt for my demo teaching…


Natalie August 20, 2013 at 7:17 pm

I love the classroom scavenger hunt! Is this an editable file or do we just print it and write the items on the blank sheet?


Shelly August 24, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I also would like an editable file of the scavenger hunt. Is this possible?


Debbie Crahen July 26, 2019 at 10:46 pm

How do you use the partner phone? Thanks! Debbie


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