I created this scavenger hunt to provide a fun engaging activity to help my second graders in their study of one of our most intriguing presidents. The scavenger hunt is designed to accompany Monticello's "Exploring Monticello: A Guide for Young People." It is available online at www.monticello.org. From the home page, click on "Families & Teachers."
I reserved one of the school's computer labs so that each student could complete the scavenger hunt independently, although kids could also work in partners to complete it. Students who struggle with reading may need assistance with this activity.
My students loved the scavenger hunt! They talked about it for days afterward. Several of them even visited the Monticello website from home. For a teacher who loves history as much as I do and who used to live within miles of Monticello, it was such an incredible experience for me to observe the kids' excitement over Jefferson. They remembered information they learned from the scavenger hunt for the rest of the year. As history is so important, any activity that peaks students' interest in an often overlooked subject I consider a great success. I will certainly be using it again with my students each school year! I hope your students enjoy it as much as mine did.
I used the scavenger hunt with second graders for a unit on presidents, but it can be used for other grade levels as well, especially for fourth grade students studying the history of Virginia or for fifth grade students studying American history.