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Objects Scavenger Hunt

Carolyn Modawell


Students learn about the different properties of objects by going on a Scavenger Hunt to find specific items. After they return with their items they will describe them in concrete terms such as hard, soft, big, round,etc.


The student knows that objects can be described, classified, and compared by their composition (e.g., wood or metal) and their physical properties (e.g., color, size, and shape).

The student knows that objects have many different observable properties:-color-shapes (circle, triangle, square)-forms (flexible, stiff, straight, and curved)-textures (rough, smooth, hard, soft)-sizes and weights (big, little, large, small, heavy, light, wide, thin, long, short)-positions and speeds (over, under, in, out, above, below, left, right, fast, slow)


-Objects to find such as: rocks, sand, sandpaper, bark, leaves, pencils etc etc.
-A written or picture list of the items to be found by each team.
-Plastic sacks or buckets to collect items.
-Paper and pencils
-Test (teacher developed)


Prepare the list of items that students will find. Collect items and make sure the items are easy to find but, not too easy. Select a group of items for placement around the room to be used for assessment.


1.Divide students into groups of 2 or 3.
2.Give each team a list of items to be found around the room, school and play ground. For example, a rock, a pencil, a ball, a cottonball and a glass of water.
3. Allow the students a set amount of time to find the items.
4. When they return have students list each item and describe it.
5. Each team presents the description of the item to the class. The class tries to guess the name of the item.
6. As each group presents their objects they will put them in a box with other objects that share characteristics (such as round, hard, etc).
7. When everyone has presented their objects, the class will review each box and discuss how objects can be totally different but have the same characteristics.
8.. To expand this activity, take the game home and have students bring things from thier home and yard. Another alternative to this activity would be to give the students the descriptors and let them find the object. If going on an actual Scavenger Hunt is not possible due to weather, size of class, or other probems allow students to use magazines or catalogs to find the items. When they find the objects they can make a Scavenger Hunt collage.


To assess the student's comprehension of the lesson he/she will classify the objects, indicated by the the teacher, by shape or characteristic. After the activity is complete, the teacher will move about the room selecting items and asking students to verbally describe the item without using its name. Then the teacher will ask the student to place the item in a box with the correct descriptor. This could also be a written test. The test paper would be divided into squares with each square titled with a descriptor. The teacher would hold up or pass around an item and ask the student to classify it by writing the name of the object it in the correct square.


ESE modifications:

Pictures can be used to help students who do not read or are learning to read to identify the objects. A voice output device can be use assist nonverbal students in identifying the objects. By dividing into teams, a physically impaired student can help find the objects even if he/she can not lift or grasp them. If the Scavenger Hunt is taking place in a magazine, switch adapted scissors can be used to allow the student with severe physical impairments to be part of the team. There is a switch adapted spinner (ABLENET) in which the teacher could place a picture of the object to be found and the student could use the spinner to tell the team or class what to look for.
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