Scavenger Hunts Are Ideal Examples of Word Wall Games


Word wall games are free reading games for practicing both sight word and content area vocabulary. Scavenger hunts are ideal examples which are fun and easy to adapt to specific needs.

One of the reasons I really like scavenger hunts is that they combine movement with learning, an important component of an Effective Learning Environment. Coupled with the fact that kids love searching for the words, scavenger hunts are just about the perfect activity!


Scavenger Hunt 1

Students search the walls for words in different categories. Their names are written at the top of each column of the printable charts, available below, and when they find words which satisfy the requirements, they report back to the teacher/facilitator who writes the word in the appropriate space.

The object of the hunt is to find one word for each category.


Printable Scavenger Hunt Charts

Consonant Blends
Word Families



Scavenger Hunt 2

Each child is given a clipboard filled with paper and is assigned a category of words, examples of which may be found on the word walls.

At the facilitator’s signal, students find as many words as they can from the walls which fit the categories they have been given, writing them on their clipboards. The winner is the student finding the most words fitting into his/her category.

Examples of categories:

  • Animals
  • Sports
  • Colors
  • Action words
  • Subject words

In math, word categories might be those in the following areas:

  • Geometry
  • Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Operations

Don't miss out on an opportunity to have students use the Language of Math by asking them to defend their choices using the correct Math Terminology.

The activity is more challenging and fun when two (or more) classrooms combine and students work with partners to search word walls in all participating rooms.


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