Lesson Plan

Wild Animal Scavenger Hunt - A Research Project

Students will create and complete a scavenger hunt of facts about animals.
Michelle M.
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My Grades 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to identify and write important facts about wild animals by using an interactive animal encyclopedia for research.

English Language Arts
Grades 2 – 4
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1 Hook: A Time for Literature

Activity: Reading

Introduce the project with the book In the Wild by David Elliott.  The book offers interesting poems and vivid pictures as it explores different animals in their habitats.

2 Direct Instruction

  • Have each student log in to an iPad and open the World Book's World of Animals App.
  • Choose one animal for the class to explore together.
  • Go over where information, videos, photos can be found on the app.
  • Give students time to explore the app.
  • At the end of the class period have students select a animal for the scavenger hunt.  Make sure each child selects a different animal.


3 Guided Practice

  • Provide students with a template for question words.
  • Guide the class to write 4 questions and answers about the facts they find interesting about their animal.
  • Students can continue to explore the site as you edit questions with each student.
  • Make a final copy to be added to a class book for the scavenger hunt.
  • OPTIONAL: Students could record their answers for students to listen to later to check their work.  (Thanks Jennifer E. for the suggestion)

4 Independent Practice: Time for a Scavenger Hunt

  • Give each student a copy of the class book of questions.
  • Students can work in groups or individually to answer the questions in their  book.
  • This may take several days to complete.

5 Wrap Up

Activity: Other — Discussion
  • Have each student share the answers to their questions while students check their books.
  • This may also take several days to complete.