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Sensory Hi-Lo Hunt

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Sensory Hi-Lo Hunt

In this outdoor activity, learners use only their senses to to find the extremes of several environmental variables or physical factors: wind, temperature, light, slope and moisture. Learners also consider how animals behave in these enivronments and how animals (including humans) select their habitats. explore the environmental factors that change from season to season, day to day, and even hour to hour, causing plants and animals to make adjustments for survival. This is a good activity for a hot, cold, windy, rainy, or snowy day rather than a pleasant calm day.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Field Trip, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • 8 marker flags (index cards or baggage tags at least 10 cm x 7 cm)
  • 4 wide-tip waterproof felt pens, 4 colors
  • 8 plastic sandwich bags (optional)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
      • Atmosphere
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations
      • Biodiversity
    • Human Senses and Perception
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
    • Light and Optics
      • Sunlight and Color
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • be mobile
  • smell
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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