Research Scavenger Hunt
( 9th Grade Level Lesson for use with Research Unit)
Learning ELA9RL5 – The student applies the vocabulary of research
Standard: ELA9W3 – The student uses research and technology to gather and evaluate
sources that will support writing.
Students will be come familiar with various internet search engines, as well as the media card catalog.
Students will learn to refine their searches by using effective keywords to find accurate information.
Exploring these topics will increase student awareness of the wide range of information available on the
Direct Instruction for Whole Class: The whole class will be involved in the following learning
With a laptop and a projector (smart board if possible), students will be guided through a study of what is
available on the internet and in the media center. Sample searches will be conducted to show all students
what is available for research purposes.
Group One: Group Two: Group Three: Group Four: Group Five:
Beginners Intermediate Advanced
These students will These students will These students
make a trip to the spend time in the should spend time
media center computer lab or in putting together a
where they will be the classroom short presentation
instructed as to browsing the to instruct students
available resources various search where to go for
using the media engines on the various sources.
center catalog. internet. Report to They should be
Take notes and be the class about prepared to report
prepared to present various search to the class.
to the class. engines.
Each student will participate in an Internet Scavenger Hunt when they have completed the group work and
reported to the class. Students should report to the media center or the computer lab and log onto
computers. After completing the scavenger hunt, students will share their answers in small groups and be
prepared to report their findings.
Methods of Assessment:
Group Work – Oral Presentation (Checklist, Rubric)
Scavenger Hunt – Questions and Answer
(See Attached Scavenger Hunt – adapted by Polly Pitts for TCSS / ELA Department 2008-2009)
INTERNET SCAVENGER HUNT
(adapted from - www.lessonplanspage.com – Ryan Sculley)
Directions: Use the Internet to complete each task below. List the search terms you
used to find your answers, and provide the URL of each web site you used.
Task I Find out what the high and low temperatures will be tomorrow.
Task 2: Define the terms triskaidekaphobia and the term claustrophobia.
Search Terms :
Task 3: Search the Internet for how many lines are in a limerick.
Task 4: Where can you find career information in the media center catalog?
Task 5: Who was the last NASCAR driver to win the Daytona 500?
Task 6: Name a famous author from our state.
Task 7: Find 2 books on dream interpretation in the media center catalog.
Task 8: Find three (3) funny laws in the state of Georgia.
Task 9: In the media center catalog, find the call number for Jesse Owens,
Task 10: Find two separate events that will be held in the Georgia Dome
Task 11: Who wrote the poem “Jabberwocky”?
Task 12: What is the high school graduation rate in our state?
Answer the following questions:
1. Which search engine did you use the most? Why?
2. How did you determine effective keywords for your searches?
3. What were some difficulties you had in finding information?
4. Name 4 resources available to you in the media center.
5. Which resource in the media center catalog do you think will be most helpful?