Why This Works Well With Special Needs Learners
Treasure hunts are a great activity for a number of reasons:
They cater to kinesthetic, hands on and visual learning styles, and so are terrific for students who have a need to ‘get out’ of the classroom on a regular basis.
They work well with a mixed ability learning group, as learners with different skills can be combined effectively with others to complete the tasks.
Students are focused on working toward a common goal, and so are naturally using their teamwork skills – this can be enhanced by using rules such as ‘each student in the group must bring back at least one treasure’ or ‘there is a bonus prize for the group which is seen to work together the best’.
They are a fun and interesting task, and one which students usually are very willing to participate in.
The treasure hunt time frame needed can be expanded or contracted to suit the time available, simply by changing the number and difficulty of the treasures to be found.
There are lots of other activities to build teamwork in a classroom environment.Try this article on teamwork games for more information.