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If there is one thing our students all share in common, it’s that they really, really love scavenger hunts. Whether meandering through the side streets of Tokyo looking for their next epic clue or rummaging through the library of our host school, they are guaranteed to be all in. (Geocaching, likewise, has also been embraced with extreme enthusiasm. If you aren’t familiar with this global phenomenon, we highly recommend you check it out).
Towards the end of our time in Athens, Greece, Spanish teacher Sam Nelson embraced this love of clue sniffing by putting together a scavenger hunt for his Grade 9 and 10 students. The objective of the hunt was to form and conjugate at least 10 irregular verbs in the preterite tense, and to understand and use them in the proper context. The students were broken into ten pairs and given a different clue to start their hunt. QR code answers were spread throughout our host school, ACS, which directed the student to their next clue in a series of creative ways. One clue was written in morse code, some required the student to watch a YouTube video, and others utilized sign language and braille.
After gathering all of the clues, the students returned to their classroom and began working the answers into a crossword puzzle. Working diligently at a frenetic pace, they arranged their preterite verbs into the series of white boxes, signaling the end of the hunt.
Hats off to Sam for keeping the learning interesting, and for finding new ways to utilize technology in the classroom.