Lesson Plan

Scavenger Hunt Addition

Get your students moving with this activity that helps them practice their addition skills while having fun hunting for their next problem.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Build It on a Ten Frame pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Build It on a Ten Frame pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to use their own strategies to solve basic addition problems and explain, in their own words, how they got the answers.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
Recording SheetSky High Addition
  • Invite the students to come together into a group.
  • Ask the students if they have ever done a scavenger hunt. Call on a few students to explain scavenger hunts that they have done in the past.
  • Explain to students that today they will be partaking in a math scavenger hunt!
  • Ask students to look around the room to observe the colorful paper hanging on the walls and seats. Tell them that these sheets are labelled with a letter from A-T and have a math problem on each of them to solve.


  • Build understanding of a scavenger hunt by creating a list of objects for students to hunt for in the classroom or on the playground prior to the lesson.
  • Instruct students to explain in their own words what was involved in the scavenger hunt (i.e., finding the item and checking it off on the list).


  • Prompt students to describe a scavenger hunt using the sentence frame, "A scavenger hunt is fun because ________."