Treasure Hunt (There is / there are)

To review building sentences using "there is" and "there are", and construct questions to find their classmates' treasure
  • On the grid page of the worksheet, have the students draw a treasure map. It’s best to show an example beforehand so they get the style. Make sure they add plenty of landmarks, such as villages, rivers, volcanos and the like. This vocabulary may need to be practiced beforehand.
  • Next, the students secretly choose one square on their grid to bury treasure. Don’t mark it down, just remember it.
  • Then the students write clues on the second page using “There is” or “There are” to point the way to the chosen square. For example, “There is a river near the treasure.” “There are seven mountains next to the treasure.”
    (Extra points should go to very descriptive sentences, such as those that use adjectives to describe landmarks. “A tall volcano”, “a dangerous village”…)
  • The students make pairs, and swap maps. Then they read their clues to each other, and their partner must guess where the treasure is buried. If the hunter cannot guess the square, they are allowed to ask questions. e.g. “Is there a village near the treasure?”
  • If there is time left over at the end, the pair find new partners and try again.
  • Do encourage your students to think outside the box. They'll enjoy it more if they can come up with such classic sentences as, "There is a crazy zombie army guarding the treasure."
  • Alternatively, remove the sentence writing section altogether and have hunters' only clues be questions they ask themselves. This is better for higher-level classes.
Junior High
attached worksheet, example