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Friday, February 17, 2012

Zebra Quest

In a previous post, I shared with you the Dr. Seuss quote which inspired my philosophy of education. I wanted to further this idea by challenging my students to "go beyond zebra" as often as possible. I want them to love to learn and to seek out new information. And I want to reward them and motivate them so that seeking out new ideas, exploring more places, and learning more is a lifelong habit that they take away with them after spending a year in my classroom.

So I came up with the idea of a Zebra Quest... and adventure that they can participate in if they finish early in class or to do at home. Imagine my surprise when I discovered Mrs. Renz's Mastery Club! It was exactly what I had envisioned but the work was done for me already. I simply moved it from her site to mine... with her permission and joined the hundreds of other teachers using this idea.


Here is my Zebra Quest mascot all dressed up in his Dr. Seuss hat. The quests were designed for use with fourth graders and come from all subject areas. These quests serve as review items of materials the student should have mastered in previous grade levels as well as things the student should know by the time they complete the fourth grade. Prizes are earned for completing so many quests (future blog post). The original club has 100 questions, I am currently working on 100 more. Got any ideas I can add?


UPDATE: A Zebra Quest Kit has been created for your classroom! Purchase it from my TpT store and join in the fun!

I found this great scrapbook paper holding box and deciding it would be perfect for turning in Zebra Quest forms. My mascot and Zebra Quest now decorate the top of this. I forgot to take a picture of the finished project. It is currently packed in some box waiting for our move. I will try to remember to post it another day. For now... you are stuck with your imaginations!



YOUR SHOPPING LIST:
~ Scrapbook paper organizer box
~ Mod-Podge
~ Sponge Paintbrush (to apply Mod-Podge)
~ Colored Cardstock

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1 Comments:

At February 23, 2012 at 10:50 AM , Blogger Shawna said...

I am your newest follower! Your zebra quest sounds similar to the extension menus used at our school...fun things to do after work is completed. I can't wait to read more!
Shawna

The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

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