Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hidden Story Hunt

My son’s reading has come a long way but getting him to read more than 5 pages is still a bit of a struggle. To give him some extra motivation, I used a Scooby-Doo easy reader book to create a fun activity that would make him WANT to read.

This activity is a hybrid of the Treasure Hunt and Scrambled Story activities we’ve done in the past. First, I retyped the book's text, making one “card” per each page of the book. There were 11 cards in all. Then I printed and cut them out.

Hiding small pieces of paper all over our house would have most certainly been frustrating. To make it easier, I limited the hunt to our living room, kitchen, and dining area. I also attached some gift-wrap bows (left over from Christmas) to the backs of the cards. Now all that was left to do was hide them.

My son was excited for the hunt. I told him to look for 11 bows. As he found each of them, I took the opportunity to ask him, “How many do you have left to find?” (I couldn’t resist sneaking in a little subtraction practice!)

When my son found all 11, he pulled the bows off and read the cards. 

Now came the hard part: put them in the right order. We read several cards multiple times, making sure the sequence was right. This was hard and a lot of reading but my son never complained. 

I wish I had a video camera to show you his happy dance when the story was put back in order; He was so proud of himself!

Personalize this activity to match your child's reading proficiency and interests. Ten (10) minutes at the computer and 5 minutes hiding the cards is all the preparation needed for this great activity!!


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  2. What fun! We did something similar more geared for younger kids hiding the animals found in "Brown Bear, Brown Bear."

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  4. I really like this idea, especially for boys that don't like to sit still and focus on reading. It adds a little adventure to their reading journey!

  5. This is such a great to work on comprehension and work with a story in a new way.

  6. What a great reading activity! Love the idea of attaching bows to make it extra special, too!

    Thanks for sharing at Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

  7. Love this idea! We frequently do treasure hunts. I am definitely going to add this treasure hunt into our reading routine.

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