This resource is all about the newest rage hitting the upper elementary and middle school grades, but in a primary learner format! This set of Breakout Activities is perfect for back to school time and well suited for preparing students for cooperative learning. Breakout activities require students to use numerous skills, including math, literacy, higher order, and critical thinking skills. If you're looking for a new and exciting activity to do with your students, I urge you to give this a try. This is something they'll never forget and will love doing!
The skills used in this breakout resource are:
~simple coordinates on a graph
~counting vowels in words
~adding basic numbers
~reading a passage
~beginning letter sounds
To do this activity, you will need:
~a four-digit number lock
~a letter lock
~a key padlock
~a hasp lock
~a plastic box or any type of box that will close and can be locked (i.e., shoe box)
To do the activity:
~Students are grouped. They are given activities to "solve" which lead them to clues to unlocking the different locks. In this specific breakout, it's the first day of school and students have a pretend bully in class, Billy, that has taken the teacher's keys and hid them in his lunchbox. Then he locked it (this is the box with all the locks). The teacher won't let them go home until she gets her keys back; that's the students' goal...to unlock Billy's lunchbox and retrieve the teacher's keys. So fun! You can also put a small (or large!) treat in the box for the students for opening the master box.
Please see the preview for a look!