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Multimedia Scavenger Hunt

Diane Bates


Students use a multimedia encyclopedia to answer teacher-generated questions and then in pairs design their own scavenger hunt questions.


The student understands ways in which cultural characteristics have been transmitted from one society to another (e.g., through art, architecture, language, other artifacts, traditions, beliefs, values, and behaviors).


-Computer with large screen TV
-Multimedia Encyclopedia, such as World Book 1998
-Scavenger hunt questions (see Associated File)


The teacher needs to:
1. Be familiar with programs such as the World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia.
2. Provide copies of scavenger hunt questions for each student.


1. Give students an overview of the features of the multimedia encyclopedia that you are using. A computer with a big screen TV can be used to introduce the software to the class.

2. To familiarize students with multimedia research, students answer the "Scavenger Hunt" questions (see Associated File) using a multimedia encyclopedia. Allot time in class for each student to use the classroom computer(s) and give the question handout to students at this time. This can be accomplished over a three to four-week period. Students should turn in their answers to the scavenger hunt as soon as they are completed.

3. When all students have completed the answers, have them work in pairs to conduct their own research pertaining to the Holocaust, the significant leaders of the time period, and how they influenced the course of events in Western civilization.

4. Students then design their own scavenger hunt. Their scavenger hunt must include ten questions that can be answered using ten different features or areas of the multimedia encyclopedia. The ten questions and blank lines for answers must be typed using a word-processing program. The feature or area used to answer each question must be listed, and an answer key must be provided on a sheet of paper that is separate from the questions. Class time should be allotted to complete this activity. Questions, feature description, and answer key should be turned in when completed.

5. When all students have completed their scavenger hunts, teams exchange them. Students use the multimedia research tool to research and answer the other team's questions pertaining to the Holocaust. Make it into a contest to answer each other's questions using the multimedia encyclopedia in the shortest amount of time.


Assessment is based on students completing the activities in steps two and three. These are summarized below:

1. Answer questions on the multimedia scavenger hunt.
2. Turn in student-designed scavenger hunt that includes the following:
a. Ten questions from ten different areas of the multimedia encyclopedia.
b. Description of feature or area to be used to answer each question.
c. Ten questions that pertain to the Holocaust, the significant leaders of the time period, and how they have influenced the course of events in the Western world.
d. Answer key for questions.

Circulate and formatively assess students as they use the technology tools. Provide assistance for students who are experiencing difficulty and monitor accordingly.


This activity can be extended into many areas according to the type of questions that are included in the scavenger hunt: questions on science, Florida history, geography, art, etc.

Attached Files

Scavenger hunt questions.     File Extension: pdf

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