Lesson Plan 2: Local History Scavenger Hunt
Students will work in groups to complete a mobile scavenger hunt on local history. The students will travel on foot (or by car, depending on how spread out the city is) to find clues, collect images, and complete challenges at the clue locations. All of the data collected from the scavenger hunt will be compiled in the teacher's SCVNGR account (scvngr.com). This activity should take place over a long weekend or during a school break to give students enough time to complete their scavenger hunts.
- visit and explore local historical artifacts, monuments, and phenomena.
- learn key facts about the local history of the community.
- archive and document local history by taking pictures and text-message notes.
Cell phone (basic or smart) with the capability to take pictures and send a text message
Computer with Web access (site accessed: scvngr.com)
SET UP AND PREPARE
1. The teacher creates an account at SCVNGR
2. In SCVNGR, the teacher clicks on the Builder application and create a scavenger hunt for the class based on local history.
3. The teacher prints the SCVNGR directions sheet (site access will be given once the hunt has been created) to hand out to students before they begin their hunt.
1. The teacher goes over mobile safety and appropriate use before beginning this lesson.
2. The teacher gives students the handout from SCVNGR and goes over the directions on how to get started on their mobile scavenger hunt.
3. The teacher puts students into groups (or asks them to voluntarily group themselves).
4. Students complete the local history hunt over the weekend.
5. Over the weekend, the teacher will be able to log in to SCVNGR at any time and see the results of the students' hunt.
6. Back in class on Monday, the teacher opens up the results of the hunt and goes over the local history lessons learned from students.
- The teacher can ask each of the student groups to document different pieces of local history with images and video, and then use those images and video as the basis of future lessons on local history.
- Instead of the teacher setting up the hunt, students can research local history and create scavenger hunts for one another or for other classes.
- If students cannot physically visit some of the local historical sites, they can do so remotely in the classroom. Students can send texts to the SCNVGR account to get clues over the weekend, then look for answers to clues on the Internet, in textbooks, or even through evidence planted around the school building.
- If students have a smartphone, they can use the SCNVGR options for the smartphone scavenger hunt rather than the basic text-messaging options.
Hints and Tips:
- The teacher should tell the students about a month beforehand when the hunt will occur so they can set aside a few hours over that particular weekend.
- The teacher should get parent permission for this particular activity, as parents may need to provide transportation to get students from one point to another.
By Elizabeth Keren-Kolb