Information and Technology, English Language Arts, Reading Informational Text, Speaking and Listening
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Lesson Plan
Upper Primary, Middle School, High School
5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
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Library Video Scavenger Hunt - Remix


This library scavenger hunt is a fun way for students to get familiar with their library, its resources, and its collection.

Library orientation by immersion



 Materials required:

  • iPads, one per group
  • Place markers for books, two per group
  • Help cards, one per group
  • Scavenger hunt lists, one per person

Instructions: (Adjust items as required to suit your library's set-up and collection)

  • Have kids divide into groups of 2-4. 
  • Pass out iPads & pencils
  • Give them place markers and demonstrate how to hold a book’s spot
  • Pass out one help card per group - other than the silly face, they can only get help from a staff member for one question. Otherwise, they must rely on their own resourcefulness. Eavesdropping is allowed.
  • As part of students using their resourcefulness, remind them of some resources available to them - looking around at walls, using computer (or even their iPad)
  • Make sure they can all find iMovie and start a new project. 
    • For Option 1: Have them begin the project by introducing themselves. Remind them to include the number of the item they found as they record the clip.
    • For Option 2: Make sure students know how to add captions to pictures using PicCollage and that they know how to put these together into a movie.
  • Ask them to appoint a time keeper.  They must be back in the gathering space by the appointed time or 5 points will be deducted for each minute they are delayed.
  • Remind them that other people are using the library and to please be considerate.
  • Pass out lists facedown
  • Check the time & tell them to be back in 20 minutes.
  • Whisper GO!

After the session is over, if there is time, show some of the videos to the other students. This could also be done the next time the class comes. Ask them what they were surprised to find in the library. Ask them if there's anything they would like to see at the library that isn't already there. What items were found by most groups and which were not found by any?


  • How well did your group work together?
  • Was everyone in your group included?
  • What resources did you use to find the items you did?
  • What would you do differently if you were to do this assignment again?

Please use a place marker to ensure that any book you remove from the shelf will be put back properly!   


Option 1: Find as many items as you can and document them using iMovie.  Each film clip should be 5 - 7 seconds long.

Option 2: Document the items you find using the iPad camera. Add captions to your images using PicCollage. Then put all pictures together using iMovie.


iPad #  _________  Names: 


Introduce the members of your group, then quietly & carefully find/record these items:

Does NOT need to be done in order, but include the number of the item in your video/pictures.


1.  A fairy tale

2.  A biography about someone who is still alive

3.  A library staff member or volunteer making a silly face 

    (bonus points if someone in your group introduces the staff member by name)

4.  A magazine 

5.  A QR code  

6.  The school library’s web site

7.   A nonfiction book about something dangerous

8.   A web site or database you can use to find books you might like.

9.  A book with a horse on the cover

10.  A nonfiction book about ghosts 

11.  Someone dramatically reading a page from a children’s book (show us the illustration!)

12.  A book about something or someone in or from ** County (not a yearbook)

13.  A yearbook from the 1990s (bonus points if you can find a current staff member’s picture)

14.  Someone squatting under a table

15.  A piece of artwork

16.  The library catalog

17.  A book that tells you how to make something

18. An eBook

19.  A graphic novel about a serious subject

20.  A book from the Reference section

21.  A book that one person in your group finished this year (shared by that person)

22. A stuffed animal next to a book it is from

23.   A recipe book

24.  An I Spy book

25.  A magazine with a fish on the cover

26.  A realistic fiction book

27.  A sign explaining the Dewey Decimal System

28.  A picture book for older students

29.  A book of poetry

30.   Each of you showing the next book you want to read