The purpose of this digital activity is to engage your students as they work together to discover some of the main events that led up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Since the American colonists have amnesia and have forgotten what led up to the Declaration of Independence, they will need your students’ help. Students will respond to questions, put puzzles together, and unlock codes. This resource can be used as a stand-alone activity. It can also be used for an introduction to the events that led to the Declaration of Independence, a supplement while teaching, or as a final activity.
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- The Stamp Act of 1765
- Boston Massacre
- Boston Tea Party
- Concord and Lexington
- Paul Revere’s Famous Ride
- Second Continental Congress
- Olive Branch Petition
- Independence Hall in Philadelphia
Included in this Resource:
- Teacher Tips and Links (5-pages)
- Digital “Escape Room” (25+ pages)
- “Escape Room” Answer Key (3-pages)
- Group Refection Handout (1-page)
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- First off, if you haven’t created a free Google account, you will need to do that before downloading this digital resource. Each participating student will also need their own account.
- For access to this digital resource, click on the link → “Save the Colonists." This is the link that you will need to “share” with your students.
- You may find it helpful to test this Escape Room out before you have your students work through it. To save you some time, you can use the answer key provided. For this activity, it is VERY IMPORTANT that your students follow and read ALL directions carefully.
- The timer in this Escape Room is set for 45-minutes. Feel free to use this one or you can set your own timer if you feel your students will need more or less time. You can find digital timers on the internet.
- This Homepage contains the directions, the first task (passage), Independence Hall picture, timer, lock codes, state of Massachusetts, and two jigsaw puzzles. Students will be toggling back and forth from this page and other pages.
- First Task- After reading the directions and setting the timer, the first task your students will need to do is read the “Can you help save the American colonists?” passage. Students will need to put the black letters in order to spell out what they will need to do (click on a chair in the picture). Students will then need to click on a chair in the picture below the passage.
- Stamp Act- Clicking on the chair will link your students to a different page (Stamp Act). This task will have your students answer four questions about the Stamp Act. Next to each possible answer is a number. When students are finished, they will unscramble the numbers to give the date that the Stamp Act took place. Students will enter this date in Lock Code #1 of the Homepage.
- Mystery City Jigsaw Puzzle- The next task to help the American colonists is to find the “Mystery City” jigsaw puzzle on the Homepage and put the puzzle together. When put together, students will read the information and then follow the directions. The directions will have the students figure out the mystery city, type the city in Lock Code #2, and then click on the state of Massachusetts on the Homepage.
- Paul Revere- When students click on the state of Massachusetts, students will need to answer three questions about Paul Revere and his famous ride. Once again, it will be important that students read ALL the directions carefully. For this task, students will need to unscramble letters to spell out the last name of one of the two men who Revere convinced to leave the city of Lexington for his safety.
- The Petition Jigsaw Puzzle- The next task to help the American colonists is to find the “The Petition” jigsaw puzzle on the Homepage and put the puzzle together. When put together, students will read the information and then follow the directions. The directions will have the students figure out the name of the petition that the American colonists sent to King George III and type the missing word in Lock Code #4 on the Homepage.
- Final Location- Clicking on “July 4, 1776” will bring your students to their last task. For the Final Location, students will be given five clues to the name of the city where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Students are asked to write the name of this important city in Lock Code #5.
- Thank You from the Colonists- Clicking on the “Declaration of Independence” will bring your students to a page where the American colonists thank them for helping them understand why the Declaration of Independence was signed.
It is up to you how you want to introduce and engage your students in this activity. Here are some ideas for you:
- Get your students excited by letting them know the day before that they will be trying to help the American colonists remember the events that led up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
- Using some of the information found in this resource, give your students a pretest about the events that led up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
- Find a short video on the internet about the Declaration of Independence.
- While your students are working on this activity, play some type of Revolutionary War music in the background.
- Encourage your students to dress up as an American colonist the day of the activity.
- Feel free to make this into a competition if it fits your class. Provide the groups with the fastest time some sort of treat or certificate. This is up to you though.
- For your early finishers, you can have them complete the “Group Reflection” handout or research more about some other events that led to the Declaration of Independence.
Why use this digital resource:
- This resource is paperless.
- It’s a way to integrate technology into instruction.
- Students are highly engaged in their work.
- This resource is easily accessible using Google Drive™.
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