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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Math Review Scavenger Hunt #made4math

So, I got this idea from a coworker:

Put the answer to a question at the top of a paper and a new question at the bottom.  Put the answer to that question at the top of another paper and a new question at the bottom.  Repeat (making sure you don't have the same answer to more than one problem) until you have enough questions to cover the concept you are reviewing and end with the question whose answer corresponds with the first paper.

Then, post the papers randomly around the room.

The students then will work independently or in a group (however you want to do this) and start anywhere.  They work the problem out from the bottom of the paper then find the answer around the room.  Then, they answer that question and so on.  I usually reveal how many questions there are so they know whether they did it right.  If they get back to where they started with fewer questions, they need to backtrack and figure out where they went wrong.  I will post pictures of how this looks in my class the next time I set up this activity.

Has anyone else ever done this?

Does anyone have any questions?  This is a fun and easy way to set up a review that gets the kids up and moving.  Once you have it set up, the students do all the work!


I realize it's been several months since I have posted on here.  It's amazing how we can get so wrapped up in school...


  1. I have done this with my students and it was fabulous (mostly). I just took an old worksheet and did exactly as you did putting the questions and answers around the room. Before I did this, I thought it had no extra educational value other than getting the students up and out of their seat, but I was wrong.

    Students needed to get their problem right in order to move on to the next question. It forced them to do the problems properly right away rather than completing an entire worksheet the wrong way and finding out too late.

    And welcome back!

  2. My students love this! I add a shape to each "problem poster" and have them fill out a worksheet as they go. If they get stuck, I compare their sheet to my key and send them back to a particular problem. I usually feel a little frazzled at the end of the class period, but it's worth it to see them interested and working so hard!