Library Scavenger Hunt: There's a lot to Find!

by Eagle Staff

Recently, the juniors journeyed to the library to discover the resources, become familiar with the physical space, and meet our friendly librarian!

PREPARATION:  After discussing future projects that might involve classroom and individual student visits to the library, Mrs. G. adapts her scavenger hunt to fit our needs!  Collaboration is one of the most important tools any educator can use; work with those around you.  After all -- you're both there to help the kids!  After the session, one of the benefits for our librarian was that she was able to experience real-time feedback of student interests for future book and novel purchases.

SET THEM LOOSE:  After a quick presentation that consists of a tour of the general layout, the kids break out into pairs with each set starting on a different number on the  Library Scavenger Hunt worksheet; this way, we avoid the inevitable traffic jam if they all would have started at number one.

Students discover our fiction, nonfiction, career center, and standardized test prep center. Many don't realize they could find a resource books to help them study for SAT, ACT, and ASVAB tests.

As they search for tasks that ask them to find an author's initials that match their own, they also locate the author's name and figure out how to locate publication information in novels, magazines, and newspapers.  They have already learned that they must give the author credit -- thus, avoiding plagiarism!

CAREER CONNECTION:  Students search the non-fiction section to find a book that they might use in their shop.  All the students need to do is find a book and record the title and author.  This step is always interesting because the kiddos typically go beyond just glancing at the cover to record the answer.  As they hover together rifling through the pages of the book that houses knowledge of their trade, you can "catch" them reading. Sometimes, they need to be told to put the book down and continue on their hunt so they can finish the assignment.

CLOSING:  Students learn how many books they could check out, how long they could borrow the books, and what late fees they might incur; it is true that IF you "lead a horse to water," he or she might just enjoy a drink!  By the end of the session, most voluntarily check out at least one book and a few leave with an armload.  Whenever this happens, the lesson is a success.