With the new school year, comes new students and a steep technology learning curve. My goal is to make learning how to use technology fun and engaging. Given how many tools we use, that’s no small feat!
Many of my incoming 9th-grade students have never used the Google Suite prior to my class. I could spend 10 minutes walking them through Google Docs and explaining the functionality, but I’d lose their interest immediately. Instead, I designed a Google Scavenger Hunt to encourage my students to explore Google Docs on their own.
The first week of school, I use Google Classroom to make a copy of this scavenger hunt activity for every student. This can be done simultaneously as a whole class making it a competition or in small groups at a station.
My scavenger hunt activity includes Calfornia trivia, but any teacher who makes a copy of my document can edit the scavenger hunt for their students!
Hopefully, this activity can help other teachers provide their students with a fun introduction to Google Documents!
I teach sixth grade and this will be great for my students
Good! I’m glad you can use it, Jennifer!
I am planning to use this with my 6th graders as well!
What a great resource and practical way to teach Google Docs features! Thank you for sharing!
Caitlin, What a terrific idea!! We are just deploying Chromebooks to all of our nearly 1,000 high school students in September. Your scavenger hunt idea will be perfect for our students and also for our nervous teachers, some of whom are novice G-Suite users. I so appreciate all that you share!! Thank you!!
You are so welcome! Good luck as you deploy your Chromebooks!
for some reason im trying to do this and it’s really hard to do
I’m sorry it is challenging, Nila! The goal is to get students to explore the functionality inside of Google Docs in a more fun and creative way.
Thanks so much, i will use this in The Netherlands in my spanish classes
A valuable tool for teaching Google Docs
Excellent idea!! I will use the Scavenger Hunt idea in my classes in Geelong Australia!!
Yay! So glad you can use it with your students in Geelong.
This is a fantastic resource for both students and teachers! I’ve been using Google Docs for a while and I learned a few things myself by completing the scavenger hunt. Thank you, Catlin, for sharing this with us.
You’re welcome, Felicia!
Thank you, Catlin, I’ve already edited it for my students in Bahrain! Thank you so much for sharing! You can see my edits at tinyurl.com/GDocHuntBH
Awesome! Thank you for sharing, Denise!
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Awesome resource. Thank you so much love it. My class will love this scavenger hunt. Do you have any similar scavenger hunts for slides?
I’m working on a Slides version, Mike! I’ll share it in the next week.
Great resource! I hope to use it with principals as we encourage schools in our group to use more digital resources in their schools.
Great resource for both staff & students! Thx Caitlin! (I’ll be looking for the slide version)
Here you go, Kimberly.
I love this idea of a scavenger hunt to teach students how to use/find their way around in Google Doc, thank you for sharing!!
Absolutely terrific! Do you have plans on making a Google Sheets version?
I have not designed a scavenger hunt for Google Sheets because I don’t them that often. Maybe I’ll give it a go when I have some time!
I too hope that you create one for Google Sheets! They are great extensions and enrichment for my middle school students as a pre-assessment of the Tech Skills for future projects. I imagine the Google Sheets scavenger hunt would be a little harder because of number of different things Sheets can do. Almost need “how to” videos to go with the exact scavenger hunt for each component to help them work through it.
-Keep up the great work!
Such a great resource! Thanks for making it so easy to use!
You’re welcome, Krystal!
Thanks for sharing–I’m thinking I can do this with my Elementary Staff!!
I hope they enjoy it, Kay!
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Thank you for sharing. I have used with JH and HS students! I also want to have our teachers complete the scavenger hunt.
Your scavenger hunts are awesome! Thank you so much for sharing.
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Thank you for sharing! I have modified it and sent it to 200 of our S1 pupils ahead of Scottish Maths week – a great way to introduce Google Docs to students,
You’re welcome, Alan!
Thanks so much for sharing. I use it with my 7th grade Digital Literacy class – they love it!
Thank you so much for sharing this. Even my most reluctant learner enjoyed working in groups trying to find the answers!
Thanks for sharing…using this in my Intro to GSuite for educators! I think they will like it as much as their students!
Phenomenal tool! I use this in my freshmen in high school class; “Google for Life.” Thank you for sharing.
Thanks for sharing Caitlin! I will be sharing with education majors at a community college.
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Thank you so much for sharing! I plan to use this with my 5th graders this week. They have been typing essays on Google Docs and I realized this week that they don’t know very much about using the tools (which is not good since I have been using the comments tool to give them feedback!). I plan to use this scavenger hunt as an introduction to Google Doc tools before doing something similar (perhaps in the form of a scavenger hunt?) as a writer’s workshop for formatting their essays. Thank you for the resource and inspiration!
I used it recently. Thank you for providing access. This help supplement my lessons and reinforce what the students learned.
I am trying to get access to use with my class but it is restricting my access.
Hmm, you should just be able to click “File” and select “Make a copy.” There aren’t any restrictions on the sharing.
I changed the trivia to Iowa. Using this for a day I need a sub!
Yay! Glad you can use it, Lynn.
C’est exactement ce qu’en je cherchais comme idée pour exploiter l’environnment Google avec mes élèves dès l´an prochain. Merci Catlin ! N’en te gène pas pour nous en partager d’autres de bonnes idées comme celle-là. ?
I’m so glad this will be helpful for you, Dominic! If you translate it, let me know 🙂
This is exactly what I was looking for as an idea to leverage the Google environment with my students next year. Thanks Catlin! Please feel free to share more great ideas like this with us. ?
I love this! I learned a lot I didn’t know about Google docs! I plan to use it with my 6th graders the first week of school. Think I’ll have them pair up and do it together. Thanks so much for sharing!!!
What a fantastic tool! Thank you so much for sharing this with the education community. I teach middle school in New Mexico, and my students really lack technology at home, so I try to overuse it in school to give them a chance in their digital futures!
I am to teach a beginners class to classified staff on Google Docs in a few weeks. I believe this will make it more fun.
Thank you so much! This is a great resource!
Would just like to add what a great idea this is!
Love this! Thinking about adding this as an optional activity for students new to GDocs in my online courses. Thank you so much!
Thank you for sharing this! My students will love it!
You’re welcome, Jennifer! I hope they do!
This is amazing! I have older students and younger. I kept this as is for the older kids, and just made a copy and edited it a bit for younger kids. Saved me so much time! Also, I never thought to have them use some of the tools in your scavenger hunt! Great job!
Yay! I’m thrilled you could use it and save some time, Marisa!
This is a great first week of school activity. I plan on using this in my Interactive Media class which is 9-12 graders. Great start to our FUN!
Awesome! Glad you can use it, Linda!
Thanks for the idea! First year teaching Google Suite, so this will be a big help!
You’re welcome, Rollin.
I have a scavenger hunt for Google Slides too if that would be helpful.
Thank you for the idea!
Question: In your opinion would this work if I create a google form for this form and share it with students with a link embedded in a QR code and then have students log in to the form, ugh would this work? I want to use it in the library for 6th & 7th grade students. I don’t have them in Google classroom.
Sorry for the delay responding! A nasty cold has swept through my home the last week and a half!
You could create a QR code of the link that forces students to make a copy of the Google Document with the scavenger hunt. If you have never shared a document and forced users to make a copy, all you do is click the blue “share” button and select “anyone with the link can view” and then change the word “edit” in the URL and make it “copy.” That modified URL is the URL you want to use to create your QR code. That way when students enter the library. They scan the code with their devices and are immediately forced to make a copy of the document to begin the scavenger hunt.
I hope that makes sense!
Thank you so much for sharing! I changed the questions for state trivia to Kansas trivia and my kiddos seemed to really enjoy this lesson. They love the hands on learning, and I appreciate the wonderful idea! Blessings to you!
Yay! That is great news, Kay! I just shared my Google Sites scavenger hunt 🙂
This was sooooo great, my students (5th – 8th grades) loved it! I changed it to add information for Louisiana. Thank you!
Awesome! I’m so glad you could modify and use it, Ina!
I was looking for something quick to do as a Tech Tuesday lesson for all the students in my middle school. Thanks for the great idea! I love it and it was very easy to edit!!
Yay! I’m glad you can use it, April!
How do we share this with our students so that they each can edit it the way the document requests but so that it doesn’t change the teacher document?
I would share it using Google Classroom and select “Make a copy for each student.”
HI! Can you send the direct link please? It is not allowing me to open the doc
Here is the link. It will prompt you immediately to “make a copy.” Once you click the blue button, a copy will save in your Google Drive.
Thank you so much for this fun activity! I will definitely use it as an introduction to Google Docs Unit.
Thank you so much for this. It was the perfect introduction to Google Docs for my classes.
You’re welcome, Sara! I’m glad it was useful.
Thank you so much! I will use this to help my high school ESOL students learn Google Doc. I was able to use the translate feature to provide support documents to walk them through it. We’ll see how they do! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you. This is perfect for an online teaching assignment
You’re welcome, Jon!
Do you have a version of this that would be better suited for elementary students?
I have not created an elementary version of my Google Document Scavenger Hunt, but you can make a copy of this and rework it if you want to use the concept with a younger group of students.
Thank you for sharing this resource. It is perfect for my 9th grade “Digital Age Writing” class. I’m partial to Microsoft Word, but with virtual learning and google suite our school platform this is great. Even though we’ve been using google for a while, I find that students don’t know how to fully utilize all the features of docs!
You’re welcome, Jolene!
Thank you for this great activity
You’re welcome, Stephanie! I have one on Google Slides too if you are interested.
Thanks for a great resource!
You’re welcome, Jennifer!
I am teaching a new-to-me technology class to 7th graders. These will be very helpful!