Students ‘Find’ Learning Fun on Scavenger Hunts
Posted by Jennifer Vecchiarelli on May 24, 2017 in categoryMember Tips

Are you looking for something a little different and extra fun to do with your adult literacy students today? In celebration of National Scavenger Hunt Day, we want to provide you with a simple, enjoyable, and educational scavenger hunt idea for your adult learners. 

Educational Benefits of Scavenger Hunts

A scavenger hunt can be an educational and fun experience for anybody, of any age, including adult basic skills learners. 

A scavenger hunt provides more than repetitive memorization. Whether you use it with adult basic education students or with English language learners (ELLs), students become more engaged in their learning experience when a game or competition is involved. 

By implementing a hands-on approach to learning, educators encourage the basic skills that every individual needs to be successful, such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. A scavenger hunt can motivate students in a way that they feel compelled to work together, learn, and complete a task.  

For ELL students, scavenger hunts that incorporate English clues can be extremely valuable to their learning experience. When they attempt to sort through and reason through clues, they must think in terms of broad concepts rather than in terms of simple word-for-word translation.  

Looking for Letters Scavenger Hunt

Rules: Either in small groups or individually, students will have a set amount of time to go to a specific location and search for as many items as they find that begin with each letter on their provided list. At the end of the scavenger hunt, students will present what they found by reading their list of items. The students who find the most items win!

1. Location
The first step is to choose the location where you want the scavenger hunt to take place.  It could be anywhere from your organization’s building to locations around your community (grocery store, library, mall, etc.).

2. Teams
Divide students into small groups of two or three and have them come up with a creative team name that represents them as a whole. If the class is small enough they can perform the scavenger hunt individually. 

3. Clue List 
Develop your list of letters. You may download the list provided below or create your own.  

4. Time
Set a realistic timeframe for the scavenger hunt to take place. If you are short on time, have students read off their items during the following class. 

5. Let the fun begin!

Download the scavenger hunt clue list.



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