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 Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
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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.