I got the idea for a scavenger hunt from some friends. They created a proportion activity that I use in my math strategies class. I hadn't tried to use it for anything else, until recently.
The setup is pretty simple, you just make up a bunch of cards with questions on the bottom half and an answer to a different problem on the top half. Each card has a distinguishing feature like a symbol or something, and you tape them all around the room.
I had students stick with a partner, to help answer each other's questions. Students are supposed to choose one card to start with, and work out the problem on the bottom half of the page. Then they look around the room for the answer. When they find it, they record the symbol in the answer key and work out the next problem and so on . . .
Remember my Rock Star intern? I asked him to create a scavenger hunt to review in the middle of my basic trig unit for Algebra 2. The topic was finding sohcahtoa, given different types of information. He wrote all the problems himself, and created a page for students to show their work and record the corresponding symbols.
Rock Star thought about everything! He made sure that the answers to every problem were different, but yet similar enough that it wasn't a dead giveaway. He proofread his solutions carefully and there were no mistakes (well, I had to make two teeny tiny corrections). The number of problems he selected was the perfect amount. Everyone finished, but there wasn't a ton of extra time at the end of the activity. I couldn't have done it better myself.
This was my first time entrusting my intern with the creation of an activity. I will admit that I was
I am thinking of how nice it would be to continue to utilize Rock Star's help, and I have decided: This kid is not allowed to graduate.