So, I wasn't surprised when my students nearly launched themselves out of their seats from excitement when they found out we were doing a scavenger hunt in music. Once the scavenging began, they were busy learning about instruments and solving riddles. I was busy learning the best way to operate a scavenger hunt in a music classroom.
For our hunt I used file folders and pasted the instrument riddle to the front.
|Graphics by: Lovin' Lit and Kelly B.|
|Graphics by: Dancing Crayon Designs, Lovin' Lit, and Kelly B.|
Before I let my students begin, I asked them to separate into groups of three. Then, I gave each person a job.
READER--this student's job was to read the riddle out loud to the rest of the group.
WRITER--this student's task was to write down answers to the riddles on the answer sheet.
ORGANIZER--this student was in charge of the file folders. They got to open the folder to check answers and make sure the folder was back in place when they were finished.
I let the students choose their own job, and most students quickly assigned each person to the job that suited them best. When a group had four members because of uneven numbers, I simply split the task, with one student reading the first two lines and the second reading the last two lines.
The rules of the game were an important factor in the success of the hunt. The rules I gave my students were:
#1. The folders NEED to go back in the same place you found them.
#2. Do NOT open the folder until your team has written down an answer.
#3. Be patient and wait for other groups to finish if you've been led to the same clue.
I began by giving each group a clue to a different starting place. I did this to ensure that the room wouldn't become congested in one spot. If I'd started every group in the same place, I'm sure I would've had pushing, shoving, and probably a few minor injuries. Not pretty.
If one group finished long before another, I took a moment to check their spelling and discuss how the game went for them. I even had time to teach a few students how to locate "D" on the piano. Overall, the scavenger hunt was a huge success, and I'm definitely glad I finally got around to trying it out in my class.
If you have any questions about the scavenger hunt or if you've had similar success, please let me know by leaving a message in the comments. Thanks for reading!