Resource Scavenger Hunt (Freebie!)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
This week our "focus skill" in 3rd grade is using resource books. 
This means we have been becoming familiar with the Dictionary, Thesaurus, and even the Atlas.
We have talked about what we can use each source for
and we made an anchor chart to remind us when to use each source.

We can talk about using these skills day after day,
but what really makes these skills sink in is actually USING these reference books.

So, I created a quick little "Resource Scavenger Hunt" where students must complete 3 tasks.

Task 1: Using a Dictionary
Task 2: Using a Thesaurus
Task 3: Using an Atlas

Each task has five questions. 
The only way students will know the answers to these questions is to use the resource listed.

To make this activity even more interesting, I turned this into a scavenger hunt.
I broke my class into small groups, 
and their goal was to quickly and accurately find the correct answer.
This is a BONUS because we not only practiced our focus skill, 
but we worked on team work! (Win!!)

Hopefully some of you can find this freebie useful in your classroom!
(I think any Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Atlas would work just fine, 
but I used children's versions to make it a bit easier for my third graders!)

Do you have a fun activity that you do when you are teaching resources?
Let me know!


  1. Great idea!
    You have been Boo-ed, stop by and see!
    Fun in K/1

  2. I think this is a great activity! I see a lot of my students who have not picked up a dictionary in years because they go straight to a computer and use the internet. While I know the internet is resourceful, I definitely believe it is important for students to know how to use print resources. Great job! I am now following you.

  3. This is great! Something students really need to know but we don't have a lot of time to teach it. Stopping by to follow from Ms. Fultz's Giveaway.
    Third Grade Tidbits

  4. Thanks for helping with Ms. Fultz's giveaway!

  5. Just downloaded this activity from your TPT store. I plan to use it in centers this week. We are reviewing how to use a Thesaurus and it will also be good to use to review using a dictionary. Love the student centered approach!

  6. Thanks for the freebie! I think they'll remember it better if they're really using these books.

    I found a resource book song last year to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It" and it really helped my kids remember which book is used for which thing.

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  7. Thank you for this wonderful scavenger hunt idea and anchor chart! This will certainly help our third grade class!