Lesson Plan 5: Local History Scavenger Hunt
Students will work in groups to complete a mobile scavenger hunt on local history/environment/places of interest. The students will travel on foot 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 classroom blog. students need 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.
● Mobile phone (basic or smart) with the capability to take pictures and send a text message
● Computer with Web access.
SET UP AND PREPARE
1. The teacher creates a blog page for students to access
2. The teacher creates a serious of tasks/clues based on local history.
3. The teacher prints the directions sheet to hand out to students before they begin their hunt.
- The teacher goes over mobile safety and appropriate use before beginning this lesson.
- The teacher gives students the handout and goes over the directions on how to get started on their mobile scavenger hunt.
- The teacher puts students into groups (or asks them to voluntarily group themselves).
- Over the weekend, the teacher will be able to log in to blog at any time and see the results of the students’ hunt.
- 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 blog 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.
Hints and Tips:
● The teacher should tell the students about a month beforehand when the hunt will occur.
● The teacher should get parent permission for this particular activity.