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Math Scavenger Hunt Task Cards for Upper Elementary

September 5, 2023 No Comments
Blog Post by Alyssa Teaches

As teachers, we’re always looking for math review activities that will keep our students engaged. Math scavenger hunt task cards do exactly that! Let’s dig into using this activity with your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students!

How Math Scavenger Hunt Task Cards Work

This activity is a twist on traditional task cards. Instead of each card having a stand-alone question, all the task cards are connected. When students answer the question on a card, they need to find the answer on another card somewhere in the room. Then, they continue moving from card to card until they get back to where they started.

This is great to set up in your classroom, in the hallway, and even on the playground – anywhere you have space for student movement. Each student can start at a different card or they can work in pairs or small groups.

What I love about this kind of math review activity is that it gets kids moving, it’s fairly low-prep, and it’s self-correcting. If students can’t find the answer on another card, they know they need to try again.

If you want to check out math scavenger hunts that are done for you, see below! Each set includes color and B&W versions of the task cards, along with student answer sheets and answer keys.

A math scavenger hunt task cards activity is a fun way to review place value

Place Value Scavenger Hunts

These activities review those important beginning-of-the-year number sense skills like:

  • identifying the place and value of digits
  • writing a number in standard and written form
  • comparing and ordering numbers
  • rounding numbers

The 3rd grade version (pictured above) includes numbers up to 6 digits. Students will work with numbers up to 9,999 for comparing, ordering, and rounding.

In the 4th grade version, students review place value with numbers up to 9 digits.

Number Characteristics Scavenger Hunt

This activity is great to use to review odd, even, prime, and composite numbers.

With this set, students will practice identifying numbers as well as reviewing their characteristics and “rules.”

Review odd, even, prime, and composite numbers with your 5th grade students with this hands-on activity!

Fractions and Decimals Scavenger Hunts

Number sense for fractions and decimals can definitely be more challenging for upper elementary students.

You can use these scavenger hunts to review identifying fractions and decimals, equivalent fractions, comparing and ordering decimals, fractions, and mixed numbers, and more.

Grab the fraction set here and find the decimal set here!

These fractions scavenger hunt task cards make a great Math SOL 4.2 review activity

Measurement Conversions Scavenger Hunt

I also love this U.S. Customary equivalent measurements task cards activity. This can be a super boring standard to review with worksheets, so a scavenger hunt is a great way to shake things up.

This resource includes answer sheets with and without a conversion chart so you can differentiate as needed.

Review Math SOL 4.8 with this math scavenger hunt task cards activity for 4th grade

As always, all of my resources support the Virginia Math SOLs, but can be used with any curriculum.

I LOVE creating these math scavenger hunt activities and hearing how much you enjoy using them with your students! I have plans to make more sets, but if you have a certain topic you’d love covered, feel free to leave a comment below!

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