S.O.S.: Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to week 8 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

Vocabulary Scavenger Hunt
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Utilizing video segments provides a wonderful opportunity to provide content to students in auditory and visual cues.  This helps bridge gaps in experience to real life situations for students who have had less exposure to certain topics.  To transform media from being an passive learning experience, to an actively engaged opportunity, teachers can create scavenger hunts for important vocabulary.  Each time a key vocabulary word is heard, students clap to acknowledge it’s use.  This strategy allows students to focus on the most important content of the segment.


  • Play the video, “Team Dominator Spots Tornado in Philadelphia, Mississippi
  • Review the following vocabulary words with your students: Debris, Intercept, Violent, Deploy
  • Explain to students that each time they hear any of these words in the video segment they will clap.
  • Play video and listen for vocabulary words.  For the first time each word is announced, pause and review the definition.
  • After the video is complete, ask students if they heard other key vocabulary regarding tornadoes


  • Select a video that matches your current curriculum
  • Preview video and listen for important academic language that is repeated and essential to their understanding.
  • Consolidate your list to 4-6 words.
  • Review words with your students. (Think-Pair-Share works very well)
  • Watch video segment and have students clap each time they hear one of your selected vocabulary.

Have students watch additional video segments on the same topic and find other essential vocabulary.  They can share their vocabulary list and videos with each other.
Have students begin creating a glossary of academic language for your unit of study.

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

For more information on how we are shining the light on digital integration through this weekly blog series click here.  So see other strategies in this series click here.


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