"I Spy" Challenge - The Beginnings of Research - Glasshouse Christian College

“I Spy” Challenge – The Beginnings of Research

  • May 23, 2024

“I Spy” Challenge – The Beginnings of Research

The challenge of searching for something can be incredibly fun—especially when you succeed! The ‘I Spy’ challenge’ book series, with its engaging illustrations and cryptic rhyming clues, is a fantastic ‘seek-and-find’ activity. It serves as a great introduction to research, where readers look for something specific, check that it matches the given criteria (clues), and then determine if it is the answer or the specific information they seek.

The ‘I Spy’ Challenge display in our Secondary Library has captured the interest of all ages and was a highlight for students and families during Open Day. The creative 3-D display is packed full of items to find and would make a great addition to any ‘I Spy’ challenge book! The display will be available until the end of Week 7, so students and families can drop in and give it a go.

Open Day visitors were also invited to participate in the ‘I Spy in the Library’ treasure hunt. Picture clues guided participants to find parts of objects or images hidden in plain sight throughout the library. This activity required a keen eye for detail as participants explored the library space –  a hive of activity for the event on Saturday. Finding the target images or objects wasn’t easy, but with perseverance and a good ‘guide on the side’ offering additional clues, success was just a small search away—much like in real research. Congratulations to the winners of the ‘I Spy’ Challenge on Open Day! We hope you enjoy spending your QBD Book Vouchers and reading your books.

Both the ‘I Spy’ challenge and research involve looking for specific pieces of information, matching them to criteria, and confirming their relevance. This parallel makes the ‘I Spy’ challenge not only a fun activity but also an educational one. It teaches important research skills such as observation, attention to detail, and critical thinking. As students progress through school, developing research skills becomes increasingly important. Critical thinking, problem-solving, and finding the right information for a task are all part of learning these skills for life. As students engaged in this treasure hunt, they were practicing the very skills that contribute to success in academic research and beyond. 

Beryl Morris, Teacher Librarian

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