Using Scavenger Hunts with English Language Learners
A scavenger hunt is a great way to teach vocabulary terms to ELLs. They also get students up and moving and can give them some control over what terms they choose to find.
If students work with a partner or in small groups a scavenger hunt is a natural way for them to practice speaking skills as well. Students can discuss whether objects fit with the topic they are hunting for.
Alphabet Scavenger Hunt
Find objects that start with different letters of the alphabet/ have a letter sound. An alphabet scavenger hunt work great inside or outside of the classroom. It can also be a fun I Spy game when you have a few minutes and nothing planned.
Word Study Scavenger Hunt
Students can use the classroom library to go on a word study scavenger hunt. They can take an index card or sticky note and record new words that follow a word pattern that they are focusing on for the week.
Measurement Scavenger Hunt
Students search for objects that are a specified measurement. A great follow up activity is to have them measure in both inches and centimeters. Then speak and write about how the two measurements compare.
_____ is _____ inches. (The book is 8 inches)
______ is ______ inches because (The book is 8 inches because I started measuring at the zero and it ends at the 8.)
__inches is bigger than/smaller than ___centimeters
Shape Scavenger Hunt
When students are learning about 2D or 3D shapes they can find examples of shapes around them. Provide students with an organizer with the shape and its name along with space to record what they find. If you have enough technology this is a great activity to do with cameras. Split students into groups and have them photograph objects for each shape. They can then use the photographs to make flashcards to review the math terms. The students will have additional ownership since they chose which objects to take pictures of.
______ is a _______. (The table is a square.)
_______ is a ________ because __________. (The table is a square because it has four equal sides.)