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Scavenger Hunt Activity

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by Sok Saren, New Hope Cambodia | 29 Sep 2021
Resource Description:

This scavenger hunts activity helps students work in pairs, find hidden objects, and talk to their partner in English about the objects they found. It is a suitable activity to enhance student engagement as it promotes pair work and student autonomy and nurtures inner motivation like interest and enjoyment.

Audience: Elementary
Audience Language Proficiency: Beginner
Duration: 1 hour
Materials and Technology:

Pieces of paper with names of fruit: bananas, apples, strawberry, grapes, lemons, watermelon, limes, avocados, apple, pineapple, cantaloupes, cherry, pears, mango, raspberry, fig, and kiwi.  

Pieces of paper with names of non-fruit foods: carrotsyellow, red, and green pepperspotatoes, bitter melon, chili, gourds, etc.

Technology: https://play.kahoot.it/v2/?quizId=46f6e257-d502-48e8-869e-f20538f095cc

Objective(s): This activity aims to provide practice of vocabulary about fruit. In addition, this scavenger hunts activity allows students to work in pairs to say that vocabulary in positive, negative, and question structures.  
Outcome(s): At the end of this activity, the students will be able to use most of the language about the fruit they like the most; for example, "I like mango, but I dislike pineapple." In addition, they will be able to ask and answer questions about fruit. 
Activity Description:

1. T hides the fruit and non-fruit words that their students learned in the previous sessions around the classroom before the class commences.

2. T tells students in pairs to find only the fruit words within five to ten minutes. The more they can find, the higher the score they can get.  

3. While students are finding, T goes around the class and checks if each pair selected the fruit words or the non-fruit words.

4. T selects the first pair to say the found fruit words in English. T listens and provides feedback on the pronunciation of the students. Then T selects another pair to present the found fruit words in English. T provides feedback on the pronunciation and asks each pair or the whole class to repeat.

5. T shows the students how to ask and answer questions regarding fruit. For instance:

Student A: Ask the question: What fruit do you like?

Student B: Answer: I like …. (rambutan, apples, passionfruit, durian, bananas, longan, guava, etc.)

6. T asks the same pair to practice asking and answering the questions about the fruit they like.

7. T asks the pairs to find a new person to ask and answer questions about fruit.

8. T goes around the class and provides support if necessary.

9. T asks students to play the Kahoot game if time allows.   

Supplementary: For a more significant challenge, do an alphabet scavenger hunt. Challenge your students to find items that begin with every letter of the alphabet.

References: New Hope Cambodia
TESOL Interest Section: Computer-Assisted Language Learning