Lesson Plan:

Opposites Scavenger Hunt

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August 17, 2015
by AnneMarie Mann

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify pairs of big and small objects.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell students they we will be locating big and little objects in a scavenger hunt.
  • Explain what a scavenger hunt is and how to participate in one.
  • Show your students a big and little pair of objects and tell students they are an example of opposites (big and small), which is what they will be looking for in the scavenger hunt.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Remind your students that opposites are things that are totally different from or the reverse of each other. The opposite pairs they will be looking for are opposites that are different in size.
  • Ask students if they can provide examples of common big and little objects.
  • Set up an example for a pair of students to find. For instance, place a large pencil in a cubby and a small pencil on a shelf. Show the children a pencil and have them look for the items. Explain that in the scavenger hunt, they can work individually or in pairs to locate the opposite pairs.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Remind students that they will be searching the classroom for opposite pairs.
  • Show students the checklist and provide them with clipboards.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Tell students to walk around to search for the pairs.
  • They should cross out pairs when they have found both objects in the pair.
  • Remind them to come to a common area when they have finished.
  • Advise students to not touch or move objects so that everyone has an opportunity to complete the scavenger hunt.



  • Enrichment: Students who need a challenge can be asked to make a list of opposites.
  • Support: Struggling students can be paired with a student who has mastered the lesson content.


Assessment (15 minutes)

  • Have your students complete the Big vs. Small worksheet.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Ask students to show examples of big and little objects to demonstrate their understanding of opposite pairs using big and little.

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