Fiction Scavenger Hunt 3 (Inferences, Sensory Language, Plot)

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Fiction Scavenger Hunt 3 is two scavenger hunts in one! Get students moving, reading and rereading, analyzing literary elements, and making inferences using text evidence! The activity fun and engaging for two full days.

How To Use

Day 1

Read the text first. This can be a shared reading, peer reading, or independent reading. There is room to annotate in the margins, and there is no title, so students can make up their own titles for the main idea.

Hunt #1. In the first scavenger hunt, students will complete multiple choice questions on the text. If they get the answers correct, the will be able to complete the hunt. If they get the answers wrong, they will not be able to complete the hunt - it is self-checking and the answers link to one of eight cards.

  1. Hang the 8 cards around the room or in the hall.
  2. Give each student an answer page.
  3. Assign students (or groups) to one starting card.
  4. The students will begin re-reading a section of text and answering a question. They mark their answers on the answer document.
  5. Hunt. Now the students search for their chosen answer. Each card has an "Answer Box" where they will see answers. When they find the answer that they chose, that's the card they work next. If there is no card with their answer, they know it's wrong and must return to the card and try again.

The first scavenger hunt is more scaffolded than the second hunt, so students will have more success with the multiple choice questions than if they were just given a worksheet.

Day 2

You can choose to reread the text or have some type of reading response to the text. A written retelling is a great activity for students to build long-term memory and visualizing skills.

Hunt #2. The second fiction scavenger hunt is open-ended with a word bank. This is more difficult than the first because students can't just guess the answers based on seeing them on the cards. They can only use the word from the bank one time to answer the questions.

  1. Hang scavenger hunt cards 9-16 around the room or in the hall.
  2. Give each student answer page #2.
  3. Assign students their starting cards. For more difficulty, make it a silent task, working independently.
  4. The students will begin re-reading a section of text and answering a question. They mark their answer on the answer document.
  5. Hunt. They hunt for their answer to find the next card to work on. However, this time, the answers are not self-checking until the student makes a "loop". They will end up back at their starting card without completing the hunt. This means they made a mistake somewhere and must go check their work to find it!

*A dictionary may be useful on day 2.

Skill in Fiction Scavenger Hunt #3

Comprehension skills: The student uses metacognitive skills to both develop and deepen comprehension of increasingly complex texts. In the Fiction Scavenger Hunt 3, the student is expected to:

  • make, correct, or confirm predictions using text features, characteristics of genre, and structures;
  • create mental images to deepen understanding;
  • make inferences and use evidence to support understanding;
  • evaluate details read to determine key ideas;
  • monitor comprehension and make adjustments such as re-reading, using background knowledge, asking questions, and annotating when understanding breaks down.

Literary Elements. The student recognizes and analyzes literary elements within a literary text. In Fiction Scavenger Hunt 3, the student is expected to:

  • infer the theme of a work, distinguishing theme from topic;
  • explain the relationships among the major and minor characters;
  • analyze plot elements, including the sequence of events, the conflict, and the resolution; and
  • explain the influence of the setting on the plot.


More Great Scavenger Hunts for Reading

Reading Scavenger Hunt Bundle 1 - Fiction

Reading Scavenger Hunt Bundle 2 – Informational Texts

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