"Around the Clock!" Partner Scavenger Hunt Activities in Math Class

A few years ago I had a senior whose boyfriend also went to our school. Even though they were together, they never actually spoke face-to-face. They only ever communicated over the internet. This got me thinking about how important it is to build in time for students to talk with each other. 

My friend Kara from Learning Made Radical and I have been collaborating to create a math activity that includes this communication. These new "Around the Clock" partner scavenger hunts encourage collaboration, give kids that instant feedback they love and cut back on grading (yeah!). 

One Step Equations Around the Clock Partner Scavenger Hunt Activity

So how do these partner scavenger hunts work?

Each student in a pair gets their own clock and clock cutouts. The problems for each of the 2 clocks are different, but the answers are the same. 

For example, clock 1 starts with 4x=4 and clock 2 starts with x+4=5. Both problems give x=1, which is found at the top of the slips they both solve next.

One Step Equations Around the Clock Partner Scavenger Hunt Activity

I printed the clocks on different colored paper. The fonts on each clock and cutouts are different, allowing you to print everything on white if you don't have colored paper. The different fonts allow students to keep track of their own pieces.

One Step Equations Around the Clock Partner Scavenger Hunt Activity

Students place their START slip at the 12 o'clock position and solve their own START problem. The answer they find will be on the top of the next slip, which gets placed at 1 o'clock.

One Step Equations Around the Clock Partner Scavenger Hunt Activity

Students can help each other if they get stuck and will know their work is correct if their answers match each other. Here you can see both students found answers 21-1-9 for the first 3 problems, but the problems leading to those answers were different.

Simplifying Rational Expressions Partner Scavenger Hunt Activity

Here are the 2 student answer sheets for a simplifying rational expressions partner scavenger hunt. The original expressions were different but the simplified versions match each other.

Order of Operations Around the Clock Partner Scavenger Hunt Activity

Kara made this Around the Clock activity for order of operations. It works the same way and covers CCSS 6.EE.A2.

Equations Partner Scavenger Hunt Bundle

Here is one for solving equations.

And one for the Quadratic Formula.

We are super excited to bring you more of these activities! We're adding more all the time and hope to eventually cover most middle school and Algebra topics. 

You can see more partner scavenger hunts here.

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  1. I would love to have the multi step equations include the distributive property, combine like terms, and 0,1, or infinite solutions. =)

    1. Thank you so much for your suggestion, Carey, and I apologize for taking so long to reply. This is a great idea. I have a math pennant for multi-step equations that involve distribution, but this would be a great topic for a partner scavenger hunt. -Shana