Long Vowel Scavenger Hunt - Oh So Simple!

Scavenger Hunts within Favorite Texts

I really want my kids to "see" how word study connects to reading their favorite books.   Here's a simple activity that's been helping kids understand these connections.

After we take a close look at a word feature, we go on a "scavenger hunt" to find words with that feature.  For instance, after we studied the long vowel/ silent e pattern, kids picked their favorite guided reading books and highlighted words with this pattern. 

Kids also read the pages they had selected, stressing the long vowel/ silent e patterns.  

Next week, we're going to try a scavenger hunt looking for  -ing endings. 

If you decide to try this out, want to let me know how it goes? 
Thanks!  Anne Gardner


  1. I use scavenger hunts after we have done word sorts and after making words activities. I love how it helps them to apply the phonics they have just been learning! I like your little highlighter chips!
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. What a great idea! We have translucent chips like this for our behavioral system, so I have AMPLE supply of them. What a fabulous idea :)

    Mindful Rambles

    1. Rae, Thanks for commenting! I'm going to check your site out now. Anne

  3. Love this idea! What a great way to have the students really connect to their sight words when reading! I am going to have to find some of those see through counters!

  4. Great idea! I love using the see-through chips to highlight the words.

  5. Wow, what a cool idea! I have used those chips for all kinds of math games but never thought of using them for word hunts! Brilliant!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Laura ~ First Grade Spies

  6. What a clever idea for those chips! Thanks so much for sharing this - I will definitely be trying this:) (And pinning this!)

    Teaching in Progress

  7. Where did you get those translucent chips? Are they a school supply story thing? I don't remember seeing them anywhere before...

  8. Hi Sarah, The chips are small bingo chips. I just make sure to get the ones that kids can see through. Yellow is usually my favorite for this activity, though some companies make light blue and light green that also work well. They are available at Walmart, on Amazon and through quite a few school supply catalogs. Anne

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