Online Scavenger Hunts

Barbara J. Feldman

This week’s site selection is dedicated to improving search skills. Some of today’s sites feature a single daily question (or search challenge), and others offer a collection of topic-based research questions often called online scavenger hunts. Good hunting!

  • Blackwell's Best: Internet Scavenger Hunts5 stars

    Vicki Blackwell brings us lots and lots of scavenger hunts. A few have fallen victim to link rot (URLs that no longer work) but there are so many goodies here, I just had to ignore the few problems. The first batch (listed at the top of the page) is hunts created by teachers in the Tangipahoa Parish School System in Louisiana. Next comes a PowerPoint presentation that consists of research questions called "mini-hunts." The third section is a collection of both on-site and off-site scavenger hunts, some from sites such as Education World , Scholastic and Cyberbee .

  • Education World: Internet Scavenger Hunts5 stars

    Education World has organized their large collection of printable scavenger hunts (in PDF format) by month. For example, May includes Memorial Day Memories, April Showers Bring May Flowers, Honoring our Veterans and fourteen other topics. In addition to the one-page activity sheets with questions and links to web resources, Education World provides online answer keys.

  • A Google a Day5 stars

    "There's no right way to solve it, but there's only one right answer." This fun, daily scavenger hunt from Google is special for several reasons. First, the daily questions are created so as not to be easily found with a single search; it usually will take at least two searches (sometimes more) to find the answer. Another unique part of Google a Day is that it is powered by Deja Google. Calling it a "wormhole inspired time machine", Deja Google is a snapshot of yesterday's Google results, so that other players will not spoil your fun by having their answers appear in your Google results.

  • Trivia Café: Question of the Day5 stars

    "What is the name of the metallic alloy composed of copper and zinc?" "At the age of twenty-three, in 1740, she became Empress of Austria. During her forty year reign she had sixteen children, one of whom was Marie Antoinette, future Queen of France. Who was she?" With both daily and weekly trivia questions, along with subject categories (such as Animals, History, Mathematics) there are abundant opportunities for search practice here at Trivia Café.

  • World Book: Web Scavenger Hunts3 stars

    These printable scavenger hunts were designed "to help familiarize students and library patrons with the resources available on the World Book Web." Unfortunately the World Book links within these PDFs are now for members only. But the questions and answers themselves are still valuable. The hunts are divided into two age groups: Elementary/Middle School and High School/College. They include subjects such as Maps, Presidency, Heredity, and Galileo. "What important philosopher did Galileo study while at the University of Pisa?"

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Online Scavenger Hunts." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 29 Jul. 2014. Web. 23 Sep. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/online-scavenger-hunts/ >.


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