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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Geometry Scavenger Hunt

The other day I told my third graders they were about to go on a scavenger hunt.  Immediately I had gasps of excitement, even before they knew what they going to do.  I broke up my third graders into groups of three, I only had 6 third graders that day. I gave each group 8 minutes each. One group out in the hall at a time. I gave them a timer that was set and told them they had to be back when the timer goes off. 

I then gave the group my camera.  I told them they have 8 minutes to find things in the building that show parallel lines, intersecting lines and right angles. Their job was to take a picture of as many examples as they could find.  The kids took their job very seriously, writing down on notebook paper exactly what they had to find and off the first group went.

I was very excited to see what they would come back with and couldn't help but to sneak a peak at what the first group had found before the next group set off.

I have to say it was a very successful, fun activity.  The kids loved it, I loved seeing the building from their perspective.  I put the pictures up on the Smartboard and had each group present what they had found.   My next step is to print off the pictures and create a collage to display out in the hall.  I thought I would share with you some of my favorite pictures they had taken.



  1. LOVE this idea! So creative. I may try it with my little kiddos since we're doing geometry right now too. There is a chance they might get lost in our big school though!

    Sara :)
    Smiling In Second Grade

  2. A coworker of mine did a similar thing and it came out great....the kids had so much fun. Your pictures came out wonderfully and I bet your kids learned so much from this activity!!

    Teaching in Room 6

  3. Brilliant! I can't wait to use this with my kids :) Thanks for the great idea :)

    Lisa :) (new follower)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  4. We did something similar last year- they took pictures with digital cameras and we made Photostory shows. They narrated them with properties of the shapes they found. It was super fun!

    Mrs. Bainbridge's Blog

  5. I have done this with my fourth graders and they loved it! Loved seeing the pictures.

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  8. I LOVE this idea. I am new to third grade this year after teaching 2nd for nine years. This is a new objective for me. We've received 4 flip cameras on our grade level via and this will be a great opportunity for the kiddies to use them! Thank you!