Look Around: Hunt For Sizes, Shapes and Numbers

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In this activity, learners will participate in a scavenger hunt involving sizes, shapes, and numbers. This activity works well with a whole group, individuals, or families. Everyone needs a “Look Around” list, containing number, measurement, and shape questions about the space/room they are in. (For instance: How many steps does it take to cross the room? How many panes in the largest window in the room?) The activity comes with an easy and a medium/hard "Look Around" list that you can use or adapt to your surroundings, indoors or out. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per student)

  • "Look Around" list: 1 per child
  • Rulers
  • Pencils


  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Patterns
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
      • Solid Geometry
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
    • Number and Operations
      • Number Systems
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Mixing in Math


  • , © 2010, TERC, Inc., MA., 2010

Funding Source:

  • NSF, ESI-0406675 and DRL-0713537