I love covering the genre of fairy tales and folktales and this scavenger hunt (escape the classroom) is the perfect way to get them interested in the unit and/or review the basic concepts fairy tales.
For this Scavenger Hunt You Will Need:
-A few Copies of "Leaping Beauty" by Gregory Maguire
-5-11 Lock Boxes (or Shoe Boxes with Holes in them to keep the Locks in Place)
-5-11 Locks to Lock the Lock Boxes
-About 30 Envelopes
This Scavenger Hunt Will Cover:
For this Scavenger Hunt/Escape the Classroom, you will need to have read three different passages as a class from Gregory Maguire's Leaping Beauty. If you have not read this book yet, I highly recommend it! Leaping Beauty is a collection of traditional fairy tales that have been completely reworked settings, morals, and most importantly all animal characters. Also, where many traditional fairy tales revolve around princesses and prince charming, many of the gender roles have been switched changing the plot lines as well and making it more interesting to male readers. These stories are enchanting, captivating and hilarious.
After reading these passages, you will have students complete these different clues as part of a scavenger hunt. They will practice different elements of stories and it will also get them introduced to comparing fairytales.
As an extension activity, I often compare these stories to their original counterparts or to another twisted fairy tale and have students do a writing activity!