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Student Information Scavenger Hunt

Use this activity at the beginning of a course to introduce students to each other, and to the idea that this class will require all students to participate and contribute. It can be the first step in helping students develop the skills necessary to function effectively in groups.

  1. Before you start, you'll need a set of 3 by 5 index cards printed with descriptions of people to search for; one for each student. You may create those by downloading and editing the Microsoft Excel 2007 file ScavengerHunt.xlsx to create the exact number of story segments you'll need, then using Microsoft Word's merge printing feature to print them onto Avery 5388 (or equivalent) index card sheets from the Word 2007 file ScavengerHunt.docx  Be sure to note the location on your hard drive where you save these two files, so you can locate them and make the merge process work properly. Instructions for editing the Excel file (and printing the cards) are contained within the Excel file, on its Instructions tab. If you do not have MS Word and Excel, click here for a page that contains 20 possibilities. You may copy them to any word processing program for editing into the number necessary to match the number of students in your class, and then to print them onto Avery 5388 (or equivalent) index cards.
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