Getting Out of the Classroom–A Scavenger Hunt Near Washington English Center

This summer, a few of our volunteer teachers decided to get creative with their classes, from field trips at local museums to scavenger hunts in our neighborhood. With the wonderful weather we’re having in DC, thinking outside the box (or classroom!) can give students new opportunities they otherwise might not have. Taking photographs is an excellent way to encourage students to slow down and observe their environment more closely [they also had to improve their iPad skills in the process]!

Students found a friendly neighborhood pet in need of a good ear scratching

Students found a friendly neighborhood pet in need of a good ear scratching

Students wandered amid the various embassies near the school

Students wandered amid the various embassies near the school

Students found great examples of art nearby

Students found great examples of art nearby

On August 5, 2014 Willia Hennigan, Katherine Stevens, Penny Ojeda and Deborah Katz sent groups of students with iPads to take pictures on specific routes around Washington English Center. They searched for historical Art Call Boxes, embassy flags, animals, sculptures, fountains, unusual signs and parks. Along their route, they photographed what they found to be significant items that fulfilled each category of the assignment. In the classroom before starting out, the students viewed some examples of the different categories from the neighborhood and discussed how they use photos in their lives. Seeing the Neighborhood around Washington English Center Through Photography was adapted from the July 28, 2012 Scavenger Hunt in the Neighborhood Blog Post https://letcteachers.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/scavenger-hunt-in-the-neighborhood-fun-outdoor-esl-activity/ and Compelling Conversations Free Chapters http://www.compellingconversations.com/sample-chapters-combined.php

Groups of 4 students each.

With your group discuss the following questions:

  1. “A picture is worth a thousand words”

Do you agree? Why or why not?

  1. Why do you think it is important to take photos?
  2. What types of pictures do you prefer to take- still or video?
  3. Do you consider photography an art form? Have you seen a photo exhibit?
  4. Do you have any favorite sites for taking pictures?
  5. Share with each other what you have noticed in the area around Washington English Center. Can you remember exact places and their names?
  6. How might photographs help?

Today we are taking a tour of the neighborhood.

There will be three pre assigned groups.

Each group will have a specific route to follow to find certain sights in the neighborhood.

Your goal is to take pictures using the IPad and then develop a slide presentation about your route when you return to class.

Rules to follow.

  1. Stay on your route.
  2. Return to WEC by 11:40. (one hour)
  3. Speak English.
  4. Don’t enter any buildings or yards. All items are visible from the street.
  5. Take a minimum of 12 photos of your route and be prepared to share with the class.
  6. Everyone in the group will be expected to participate in the presentation.
  7. Walk slowly along your route in order to be able to notice the fine details of your area. What is special about your area?

Each member of the group is responsible for a job. These can be switched midway.

  •  Photographer
  • Recorder of each photo taken and location
  • Map and route leader
  • Lookout and timekeeper

ROUTE 1

What might you find? You must find at least one item from 7 of the following categories for a total of 12 photographs.

 Each route has embassies or chanceries with flags flying in front.

  1. Each route has Art on Call
  2. Sculptures
  3. Animals
  4. Unusual signs
  5. Buildings named after famous people or cultural institutes
  6. Parks, steps, fountains, books, flowers
  7. Interesting fences or gates
  8. A special item of your own choosing

Record the photos taken and the address on the listing sheet provided.

Route 1 has the most embassies. See how many you can find.  What else is unusual about your area? Look for the largest sculpture and several Call boxes. See map at end.

R on California Street

L on Connecticut Avenue

L on Wyoming Avenue

R on 24th Street

R on Kalorama

R on 23rd Street

L on California Street

Return to WEC

ROUTE 2

What might you find? You must find at least one item from 7 of the following categories for a total of 12 photographs.

 

  1. Each route has embassies or chanceries with flags flying in front.
  2. Each route has Art on Call See map at end with listings of Call boxes.
  3. Sculptures
  4. Animals
  5. Unusual signs
  6. Buildings named after famous people or cultural institutes
  7. Parks, steps, fountains, books, flowers
  8. Interesting fences or gates
  9. A special item of your own choosing

Record the photos taken and the address on the listing sheet provided.

Route 2 has several interesting animal sculptures, noted steps and a Friends Meeting House. Can you find them? What else is unusual about your area?

R on California Street

R on Phelps

L on S Street

R on Phelps

R on Florida

R on Decatur

R on 22nd Street

Up steps

L on S Street

R on 23rd Street

R on California

Return to WEC

ROUTE 3

What might you find? You must find at least one item from 7 of the following categories for a total of 12 photographs.

Each route has embassies or chanceries with flags flying in front.

  1. Each route has Art on Call See map at end with listings of Call boxes.
  2. Sculptures
  3. Animals
  4. Unusual signs
  5. Buildings named after famous people or cultural institutes
  6. Parks, steps, fountains, books, flowers
  7. Interesting fences or gates
  8. A special item of your own choosing

 Record the photos taken and the address on the listing sheet provided.

 Route 3 has a park with books, climbing equipment, a museum, a presidential house and much more. What else is unusual about your area? Are there stores?

R on California

R on Phelps

L on Leroy Street

R on Connecticut

R on Florida

R on S Street

Tour Mitchell Park

Continue on S Street

R on 24th Street

R on California

Return to WEC

RECORDING SHEET

For each photograph state what it is and the address.  What did you learn about your route? Be ready to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Response to Getting Out of the Classroom–A Scavenger Hunt Near Washington English Center

  1. Erin Ross says:

    What a great task and adventure! Thank you for the thorough explanation.

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