- Keep your list short and simple.
- Think of the things you really want your students to be familiar with and write them down.
- Revamp your list.
- Type it up.
- Make it bulleted with hollow bullets so that students can either add a sticker or color in the dots as they "find things".
- My Y5's aren't familiar with the term scavenger hunt, but they know what a treasure hunt is, so I label this as a treasure hunt.
- Once they find all of the things on their check list, they can claim their treasure, which is a goodie bag from me. If the plastic supply boxes go on sale really cheap, I'll buy those and fill them.
- I fill treat bags or boxes in an assembly-line fashion, putting one of everything, one at a time, in each bag. It goes really fast that way.
- I always make at least 3 extra bags, for parents sometimes take them for a younger sibling even tho' I post a note that these are only for my students. I also have new students show up as well.
- Make up an invitation to your open house and include information that their child will go on a treasure hunt to find things, like their locker, their teacher, their name on the bulletin board, their desk, cubbie, their open house-take-home packet etc.
- You can have a basket of stickers and a basket of Treasure Hunt Check Lists on a table at your open house, or you can send them in the mail so they can look at them ahead of time and get excited with the perusal.
- I've done both. Parents have been very good about remembering to bring both check list and stickers with them and there was not a crowd waiting to pick things up, or wasting time reading things when they got here.
- I did have extra's there for the parents who did forget, or for the ones whose mail was returned.
- Positive feedback was so tremendous for this, and the students have enjoyed it so much, that I have continued to do a treasure hunt every year.
- In fact, most of the other elementary teachers in my school have also adopted my treasure hunt idea and done some type of scavenger hunt for their open houses as well.
- To give you an idea of what I have on my list, click on the link to view/print my letter, invitation and treasure hunt check list.
- You can use these things as a guideline to tweak and dream up your own. It's just nice to have a "skeleton" of "something" to jumpstart you in the right direction.
- Just a "heads-up": One of the most important things I added to my checklist was that little note after "check out our room"....but don't haul out and play with any of the tubs of toys..."
- I highly recommend you add that, especially if you plan on being in the hallway part of the time, like I was; greeting parents, talking, answering questions etc.
- My first year, I came back into the classroom to find it an utter disaster! Toys were everywhere and it took me 'til almost 11 at night to get everything cleaned up.
- I was in tears and exhausted driving home. That simple sentence has done the trick EVERY year since. My room was always ship shape from just that one gentle reminder.
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