ESL Treasure Hunt Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Through this lesson plan focusing on a treasure hunt, you can encourage your ESL learners to practice directional and number words, both orally and in writing, while following clues to find a hidden treasure in the classroom.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify treasure-related vocabulary
  • identify numbers and directional words
  • use numbers and directional words in writing


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • ELP 4-5.1

An ELL can construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade-appropriate listening, reading and writing.

  • ELP 4-5.2

An ELL can participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, responding to peer, audience, or reader comments and questions.

Materials Needed

  • Treasure Map image
  • Clues (hidden in advance in the classroom)
  • 'Treasure' for the students to find (such as a snack)
  • Video clip or cartoon of finding a treasure and following a treasure map


  • Clue
  • Treasure hunt
  • Treasure map
  • 'X marks the spot'

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