This is a fun and interactive way to review! This escape room is a scavenger hunt activity that includes sixteen different challenges that review key concepts from the first half of American History. Students work collaboratively to solve a variety of types of puzzles that either lead to a combination to unlock a lock or to another puzzle. Each puzzle relates to a different topic including:
- Colonies - Sectional Crisis
- American Revolution - Civil War
- Constitution - Reconstruction
- New Nation - Industry
- Nationalism/Sectionalism - Immigration
- Reform - People
- Westward Expansion - Locations
An escape room activity is a challenge in which students work collaboratively to solve puzzles to “break out” of a room in a specified amount of time. A scenario is given at the beginning of class so students know their ultimate goal. In this case the Declaration of Independence has been stolen. The thief hid it in our classroom, but Britain has declared if the document is not recovered within an hour and a half that the United States is no longer independent. If students are able to recover the Declaration of Independence within the time frame, then they have successfully escaped the classroom.
How Much Prep is Required?
Be sure to read the instructions well in advance of the escape room day. You will need to print the puzzles. Also, to set up the activity as I did you will need additional supplies (such as a lockbox, locks, etc). which are listed in the escape room instructions. Don’t worry if you do not want to purchase the items that I have used. I have provided an easy alternative for each puzzle, so if you are short on time or money, you can use the alternative ideas. For example, if you do not want to use locks, you can have students give you their answers verbally. I walk through the escape room step by step in the instructions. If you purchase this and run out of time to do the escape room, you can still use the worksheets as review worksheets for your final exam.