LESSON 2: GATHERING AND TREASURE HUNT

DESCRIPTION:

In this lesson, students practice paying attention and following directions. They use these skills to practice gathering in a central location, and to find hidden treasure.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Safety 

  • Active listening 

  • Following instructions 

  • Observation 

  • Communication

  • Spatial Awareness

MATERIALS:

  • Treasures

    • At least 1 type:

      • Clothespins

      • Colorful golf balls

      • Toy animals

  • Interesting Space

    • OPTIONAL:

      • Blank Paper

      • Pencils

      • Whiteboard & Markers

      • Whistle or other noise maker

INTRO:

Orienteering is following instructions to find things. Today the students will practice following instructions to gather. They will find things. They will give instructions for someone else to find things. 

Following instructions is important to further establish the teacher-student relationship and create a functional environment for the rest of the semester. Today's games also provides an opportunity for the students to move around in the space, and have fun seeking out hidden objects.

WARM-UP:

Boundary run revisited: This time, add an additional challenge element, such as having the front-runner go to the back of the line every few seconds.

MAIN ACTIVITES: 

Gathering Game: Students practice gathering methods such as by listening for a whistle, watching the teacher, or by paying attention to their classmates.

Treasure Hunt: Students try to find treasures throughout a space. Depending on the age of the students, they may do this only with verbal hints and clues, or they may even sketch a map or picture of the treasure's location for their partner to find. There are many variations on this activity. Occasionally interrupt the activity to have the students practice gathering.

REFLECTION:

Gathering:

See the reflection questions for the Gathering Game activity


Treasure Hunt:

See the reflection questions for the Treasure Hunt activity.

NOTES:

Once students know how to do treasure hunt, this can be used a back-pocket activity throughout the rest of the semester. The Gathering method should be practiced and used at every class.

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