May 5, 2017
BRAINY Blog 2
I arrived to the UCA about an hour early this time for BRAINY. I took this early time to speak to Courtney about some of the scavenger hunt items. It was very helpful going around and confirming where artifacts were located. We also talked about some cool stories to tell the kiddos for some of the scavenger hunt. I allowed my first group of students to name their team in order to keep them together and have some fun. They decided to call themselves “Team Savage” and ironically were pretty bad with wondering away from the group. My second group was great and a lot better behavior. I named my team “Team Ostrich”. This actually played out really nicely. I would put my hand in the air make my hand into an ostrich head. This gave the students something to follow. I had my team put there hands up with ostrich heads and follow me around. This technique worked really well in keeping them together and engaged.
The second group was much more attentive and engaged in the lesson/ scavenger hunt. I told them that I had never had a group finish the scavenger hunt before. This was a little white lie but got the kids to really try and complete and scavenger hunt in the time we had. Making something a bit more of a competition is good for increasing interest.
This was another great example of hands on experiences with kids in the Elementary age group. I think these benefit in building patience and keeping young ones engaged and interested. It was really similar to the week before in goals. I was able to make the scavenger hunt run much smoother and flow from artifact to artifact. I think giving the team a name like the “ostriches” was very beneficial. It was silly and the kiddos laughed. It allowed me to bring them together quickly and keep them lined up to follow the “ostrich head” hand as I walked through the museum.