Take a Tour of the School
Kindergarteners like mystery! Take advantage of it by turning the school tour into a treasure hunt. Before beginning, create a schedule to speak with each person in the department about his or her "job" in the school. Next, draw a map or route to take. Then, make cards to distribute around the school; each card has a clue, which points to the next destination. The goal is to find the treasure at the end of the map. The "treasure" is a school supply that student's will need for a successful school year; pencils or small books are great choices. Hide the treasure in the classroom and find it at the end of the school tour.
Begin in your classroom.
The first card says:
"We are on our way to see our school, and we begin in the nurse's room." Take students to the nurse’s office to learn about the nurse's job.
At the nurse’s office, leave another clue:
"If I am lost when I start the day, the secretary shows the way!" Visit the secretary’s office.
There, have another clue:
"The principal is our friend and helps to guide us to the end." Go to the principal's office.
Next, visit the library. The note reads: "When we need books, the library is where we look."
The next note will be, "The cafeteria is where we eat, and where new friends, we will meet."
In the cafeteria, have another note: "The custodian helps us to clean, and we are careful when we're painting."
The last note will read: "Where we learn is in our classroom, and there is a treasure by the broom."
Hide the treasure by the broom in the classroom for all to share.
Download a copy of the cards for the school tour from our Media Gallery. Print them on card stock and laminate.