Library Orientation and Scavenger Hunt (Cooperative learning)
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This is a cooperative learning Library orientation and scavenger hunt where students work in groups to find information in the reference section of the library. In this scavenger hunt, students are not allowed to use the Internet. They need to use the library reference area and find info in books such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauruses, World Almanacs, etc.
Now I know what you might be saying, Why do students need to use these types of reference books when most, if not all, research these days is done on the Internet?
I realize that many of our students have never even opened a dusty old encyclopedia. In fact one of my colleagues asked this same question. My only response is what I will tell you. THEY LOVE IT! My students shout and cheer as they work in teams to find the answers while developing their reading and research skills. Some of my colleagues have tried this activity and rave about it as well. Believe us it works and your students will ask you to do it again and again. In fact this activity has become the official Library orientation activity at our school.
This packet includes,
1) Three separate Library Scavenger Hunt Worksheets with questions from a variety of subject areas including American and World History, Geography, Science, Greek Mythology and other literary genres. There are also questions that build vocabulary and word attack skills. Believe me you will need all three of these worksheets because your kids will love this activity and ask to do it again.
2) STORY ABOUT THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM, (CAVEMAN EDITION) Handout
Students are introduced to the Dewey decimal system in a fun and interactive activity using this worksheet. Each section contains graphic art showing how a caveman would need to organize information in his World and how this information is to be found in the different sections of the reference area. Students then are given an interactive quiz in pairs to see if they understand what they have learned.
3) An easy to use hands-on lesson plan and activity description
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