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Scavenger Hunt!

Exploring Grandma's Attic

At first glance, you might think your grandparents' attic or basement is full of old
junk. But grownups keep lots of interesting stuff in those placesincluding papers
and "artifacts" with clues to your family history.
Give yourself one point for every artifact you collect. Five bonus points if you get
Grandma or Grandpa to help you with your hunting!

birth certificate

baby book

family Bible


newspaper clipping about a relative

wedding pictures or guest book

picture of your mom or dad as a kid

picture of Grandma or Grandpa as a kid

school project by your parent or an aunt or uncle

military uniform or discharge papers

christening gown or baby outfit

funeral card

old postcards

letters your relatives wrote to each other


citizenship papers


quilt, needlework or clothing a relative made

an old-fashioned toy

a special piece of jewelry

15-20: Super Detective
8-15: Hot on the Trail
1-7: Keep Looking!

This is a great activity for revising family vocabulary with teenagers.

You'll need to pre-teach family vocab, associated words and phrases such as "is
married to" and the concept of family trees (I drew my family tree on the board).
First, you need to create a fictional family tree, two families of three or four
generations connected by a married couple. Use names the students are familiar
with so as not to distract them with the difficulty of pronouncing them! Make sure
there is an opportunity for all family vocab to be used, with cousins, aunts, uncles,
nephews, nieces, great-grandparents etc.
Then you need to make a list of statements about the family tree such as "Tom is
Lisa's nephew", "Lucy is Susan's daughter", "Rob is not married". (I sometimes
included some other information that wasn't necessary to complete the family tree
to make the statements more interesting, such as "Bill's a busy policeman so he
doesn't see his parents Jan and Neil very often.) The aim is that there are enough
statements, or clues, for the students to be able to construct the entire family tree
but not without some discussion and lateral thinking! Provide only two clues at most
as to where each family member belongs in the family tree, and try not to connect
members directly. For example, I said that "Dave has two daughters" but I didn't
name them and the only other reference naming them was as the mother or wife of
other people. Don't forget to make it clear which two people connect the two
branches of the tree, though!
Before you give this to your students, check yourself that the entire family tree can
be constructed from your clues.
The clues can be dictated or given on a handout.
You need to give students, in pairs or small groups, plenty of time to work out the
correct solution. Maybe you could give a small prize to the first group to hand you
the completed family tree.
I will admit it took a bit of time for me to prepare this activity but the students really
enjoyed the challenge. Suprisingly enough, I found the boys who usually can't be

bothered got really involved when it came to solving a logical problem like this and
actually found the solution first!

The Qqqqqooooo
Whats a Qqqqqooooo? Its a make-believe creature made from letters. Make a
letter creature of your own. It can be a real animal or a make-believe one.
Heres what youll need: old newspapers or magazines scissors pen or pencil
construction paper glue
Heres what to do: 1. Pick any two letters. 2. Cut a pile of these letters from old
newspapers or magazines. 3. Put the letters together to make a creature. When you
like the way they look, glue the letters down in the frame on this page.
Name _______________________________________________________________
I In nt tr ro od du uc ce e Y Yo ou ur r C Cr re ea at tu ur re e Give your creature a
name and write a brief description of it, including where it lives, what it eats, and
what makes it special.

Scrambled Sentences
Write this sentence on the board and have students copy it onto a sheet of paper:
O xwen o my zoct xand O saiz, Zoct, O broked my arml in hr plaxces. Hex saiz,
Wellp, tayl xout of th laces.
Then tell students to follow your directions to unscramble the sentence. Read aloud
the following:
1. Change all the zs to ds.
2. Cross off all the xs.
3. Add a t to the end of the second word, the beginning of the third word, and the
beginning of the fifteenth word.
4. Change the three capital os to capital is.
5. Add a p to the beginning of the last word.
6. Cross off the last letter in the eleventh, thirteenth, and nineteenth words.

7. Put an s on the front of the twentieth word and cross off the last letter.
8. Add or to the end of the fifth and ninth word.
9. Add ee to the end of the fifteenth word.
10. Add ose to the end of the next to last word.
Now how does the sentence read?

Scavenger Hunt
Guess what! Youre going on a scavenger hunt, and you dont even have to leave
your desk. Think of something that fits each of the descriptions below and write it in
the blank.
1. Something you toss: _______________________________________________________
2. Something that is messy: ___________________________________________________
3. Something that changes shape: _____________________________________________
4. Something that you should not walk on: ____________________________________
5. Something that you shake:__________________________________________________
6. Something that smells fantastic: ____________________________________________
7. Something that you heat: ___________________________________________________
8. Something that changes color: ______________________________________________
9. Something that you freeze:__________________________________________________
10. Something that you stir:___________________________________________________
11. Something that is loud:____________________________________________________
12. Something that grows:_____________________________________________________
13. Something that opens:
14. Something that you carry:_________________________________________________