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How to Make Online Scavenger Hunts

Simple steps for designing an Internet Scavenger Hunt that helps kids learn web browsing skills as well as subject matter content.

Difficulty Level: average      Time Required: 1-2 hours

Here's How:
  1. Decide on the curricular focus of your Internet Scavenger Hunt.
  2. Find a collection of relevant web sites on the topic.
  3. Open up a word processing program for writing the instructions and questions.
  4. Begin with very clear and specific directions for each and every step the students should take when they get on the computer. i.e. open up your web browser, click on this button, etc.
  5. Give the students a list of designated web sites to search, either through a special web page you create or on the worksheet itself.
  6. Cut and paste the exact wording from the web site and turn the information into questions.
  7. Gather the material from a variety of different web sites and from various positions on the pages.
  8. Mix up the order of the questions so that students have to browse around all of the sites to find the answers.
  9. Pair together a student who has advanced web browsing skills with a more inexperienced student so that students can learn from each other.
  10. During the hunt, monitor the students closely, offering tips about how to effectively find information on the Internet.
  11. Write a few bonus assignments for those students who finish early.
  1. It may work best to have your students work in pairs on this project.
  2. Monitor closely to make sure that students browse only the designated sites.

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