2nd Grade- Scavenger Hunt Fun

Grade Level: 2nd Grade

Lesson Developer: Maylene C. Pence

Lesson Plan Title: Scavenger Hunt Fun

Concept / Topic To Teach: Students will be able to identify the different types of petroglyphs and understand the history of it.

Standards Addressed:

Social Studies Standard

Stand 1: American History.

PO 3. Recognize how archaeological research adds to our understanding of our past.

Writing Standard

Strand 3: Writing Applications.

Concept 1: Expressive. Expressive writing includes personal narratives, stories, poetry, songs, and dramatic pieces. Writing may be based on real or imagined events.

PO 1. Write a narrative that includes:

a. a main idea based on real or imagined events

b. character(s)

c. a sequence of event

Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts

Beginning Visual Arts
Strand 1: Create

Concept 1: Creative Process- The student will develop, revise, and reflect on ideas for expression in his or her own artwork.

PO 101. Contribute to a discussion about ideas for his or her own artwork.

Concept 2: Materials, Tools, and Techniques. The student will use materials, tools, and techniques in his or her own artwork.

PO 101. Identify and experiment with materials, tools, and techniques in his or her own artwork.

PO 102. Use materials, tools, and techniques appropriately in his or her own artwork.

Concept 4: Meanings or Purposes- The student will judge an artist’s success in communicating meaning or purpose in their artwork.

PO 101. Select and use subject matter and/or symbols in his or her own artwork.

General Goal(s): Students to use their searching skills to identify types of petroglyphs.

Specific Objectives: Objective is for students to be able to identify the different types of petroglyphs and what the petroglyph represents.

Required Materials: The student’s creation of their own petroglyph to search for. You can have your scavenger hunt in the library or outside of the classroom.

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): After every student has created their own petroglyph, have each student present and show their petroglyph to the class. Have each student talk about the image they have created and the meaning behind their image.

Step-By-Step Procedures:

Step 1: Students must complete the following assessment plan and activity. You may chose to exclude the activity and create your own petroglyph symbols on paper for students to identify.


Gathering information from what you have learned about the petroglyphs, write a short story on what you believe the meanings of the different petroglyphs are. You can write about one specific type of petroglyph such as the bird or the spiral or you can write about the meaning of petroglyphs all together. There is no wrong answer so be creative!!


The objective is for students to create their very own petroglyph.

Materials needed:

If possible, get a ceramic paperweight that looks like a rock. Ceramic paints, large and fine tipped paint brushes.

What to do:

First, every student gets a rock, paints and paintbrushes. Have the students look back on their own story on the meanings of the petroglyphs and have them create their very own petroglyph. They would need to paint the rock itself, then paint the symbol they want on their rock. Go around and help students paint their own symbols on the rock.  

Step 2: Teacher must create a list of symbols or designed symbols provided by the students, that students will have to search for and identify. This can be a questionnaire worksheet or fill-in-the-blank worksheet.

Step 3: Students will then present their rock and their story to the class so students are aware of the different petroglyphs everyone has designed.

Step 4: The teacher will then collect everyone’s petroglyph and hide the petroglyphs in an enclosed location such as the school library, classroom, or school garden.

Step 5: As a group, students will be given instructions on the rules of the scavenger hunt and provided worksheet.

Plan For Independent Practice:Students are able to view information throughout the website to find information to help them conduct their own petroglyph and their own petroglyph story.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set):Once the students are able to create their own story of the petroglyphs, they can share their story with the class and their family.

Assessment Based On Objectives:Assessment works in conjunction with the lesson plan.

Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities): Students can work in groups to create a story.

Extensions (For Gifted Students): Students can write a report on a specific petroglyph or a report on the Hohokam Indians.

Possible Connections To Other Subjects:History, Native American studies, Arizona history, Creative writing,Storytelling, Art.