Cabin Fever Escape Room (Break Out)! Perfect for before break! U.S. History

Cabin Fever Escape Room (Break Out)! Perfect for before break! U.S. History
Cabin Fever Escape Room (Break Out)! Perfect for before break! U.S. History
Cabin Fever Escape Room (Break Out)! Perfect for before break! U.S. History
Cabin Fever Escape Room (Break Out)! Perfect for before break! U.S. History
Cabin Fever Escape Room (Break Out)! Perfect for before break! U.S. History
Cabin Fever Escape Room (Break Out)! Perfect for before break! U.S. History
Cabin Fever Escape Room (Break Out)! Perfect for before break! U.S. History
Cabin Fever Escape Room (Break Out)! Perfect for before break! U.S. History
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Are you looking for the perfect activity to engage your students in learning in those hectic days before winter break? I have the Escape Room for you!

With the "Cabin Fever" Escape Room, students come upon a cabin in the woods during a snowy day. When they enter, they are sent back in time. The only way they can bring themselves back to the present is by solving a series of clues using a set of family heirlooms that have been left behind by the cabin's owner.

Clue 1 - To solve this clue, students will need to utilize the map from the Chicago World’s Fair. Each postcard reveals a location on the map for students to find. They need to look at the locations on the map to determine the correction location.

Clue 2 - To solve this clue, students will need to use some family photos that have been left behind. The photos are from a trip to the National Parks.

Clue 3 - To solve this clue, students will need to use the front page of a newspaper from 1932 announcing Roosevelt's inauguration.

Clue 4 - To solve this clue, students will use some letters left behind by the family. The letters are from WWII.

Clue 5 - To solve this clue, the students will use some political pamphlets from Eisenhower’s election in 1952.

This escape room involves very little prep. Teachers simply print the clues and hid them around their classrooms. The primary sources are easily printable also. Everything is editable, so if teachers want to change the location for their classroom, they can easily do so!

This activity can be used at any point in the school year, and there is no prior knowledge necessary. Instead, this has students practice their ability to decode text and images. They can only solve the clues if they take the time to search carefully! Reading carefully is a skill that my students are gradually developing and I know that this activity will help them towards that task - even the day before winter break!

Included in this resource:

A Google Slides Version of the clues (you just need to open and make your own copy. This is so you can edit the clues if needed) You can also download them as a PowerPoint file if you wish. These clues are full color (However, they will also work fine in black and white.)

A Detailed 7-page Lesson Plan (see preview) that tells you how to set up and execute the escape room. Pictures are provided for each lesson to make set up easy!

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Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
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