This scavenger hunt covers the nonfiction book Sugar Changed the World. Students must locate the title, authors, subtitle, and ISBN#. They will also use the Table of Contents to identify the major sections of the books and locate maps, sidebars, and a timeline. The second half of the document requires the students to use the Index to locate illustrations within the text as well as quotes from specific historical figures. Additionally, students must answer questions by going to the above-mentioned areas of the book to read and location information. For example, they not only find the maps' locations, they also must interpret information from the map to answer a question. The same is true for the illustrations. They must locate them in the book and answer a question that is found in the caption. Finally, reviewing all of the information they have collected, the students will list topics they believe will be covered in the book. This activity strengthens research skills, bolsters students' understanding of the structure of a book, and shows them that persistence in locating information pays off.
This product is perfect for the beginning of the unit. It can be completed independently or with a partner. It is a great substitute activity in that students feel challenged and engaged by the hunt for information.