This past week, I was wrapping up my next to last ELA class I need for my new state license and one of the activities we went over was how you hide a penny in the classroom and you have to design a map to find it. The next step is the student creates their own map and hides the penny and leaves it so another student kind find it based on the map they create. Since everyone is a different type of learner, everyone’s map will look different and will be done in a different way to find the missing penny. I of course thought up of a few ways you could do this in your classroom.
- Taking a page from Play like a Pirate, have students create a model of the classroom with LEGO. Have them place the characters in the brick created classroom and then place where the penny is located. Then have other students try to use the LEGO map to find the missing penny.
- The other is using HyperDocs in a greater capacity than just simply having students create a map to find a penny. Using Google Drawings or Google Slides. Have students create their own layout of their classroom, buy then link various pieces of the room. In the example I shared, I put a link to Teachers Pay Teachers of various scavenger hunt activities at the teacher’s desk. I then added linked the projector screen to an amazon listing of the classroom’s projector type. I also added a video about Geocache and how it works with students. The final trick was linking the penny’s location to a chair in the room with a link to the origins of a penny. This creates a wonderful little story using G Suite Edu apps.
- A third idea is to use this same idea for Breakout Edu. I am already creating a plan where a set of maps are used as clues for Breakout Edu. The first is to deliver a clue to find a missing key to the first lock. The clue is a simple map drawing as shown above from my classmate, Rachel. You would be surprised how a kindergartener can figure out this type of map, but a 5th grader might have a harder time figuring out the clue. The first lock then unlocks photos to a room showing various letters and then leads to spelling out the combination to a word lock and then goes from there. It’s a fun way to teach students about location clues while playing Breakout Edu.
Give a few of these ideas a try and see what can happen in your classroom.