My last school was a Title I school, where my students often had limited background experience. This lack of experiences impacted their learning throughout all subjects – but especially in reading and social studies. As the technology teacher, I regularly assigned homework to the entire school, and so I decided to assign summer homework to the school via a Summer Scavenger Hunt. I gave my students a list of places they should visit over the summer. They went to the places and collected “proof” – a picture, a ticket stub, a brochure. Then, they put all of their proofs onto posters, which we hung around the school. I also hosted a party at the start of the new school year, rewarding students based on the number of places they had been. Here is a copy of the Summer Scavenger Hunt I used. Even if you can’t offer the rewards I did, it’s a great list to pass on to parents when they ask you want to do with their kids over the summer!
Summer Scavenger Hunt
Educator, blogger, mom, fulltime RVer. As an educator, Heidi has taught 1st through 5th grade in both US and UK curriculum, as well as teaching all grade levels in the computer lab at a Title I school in Georgia, USA. Heidi has taught in the US and Morocco, both with high ELL populations and has even spent a few years homeschooling her own three sons in a multilingual program. She shares the knowledge and insight she has gained from her diverse teaching career on the teaching blog Raki's Rad Resources.
Starting in 2014, Heid moved her family of 5 moved into their RV to make adventuring a bigger part of their lives. You can follow that adventure at RVing with the Raki's.