What is a Breakout?
The concept of BreakoutEDU comes from the idea of escape rooms where groups of people agree to be locked in a room and they must beat the clock to search their surroundings for clues to unlock a series of locks that are keeping them inside. A Digital Breakout takes the same concept, but turns it digital. Participants are given a one-page site that includes text, images and links to clues, some of which may be misleading. There is a Google Form embedded on the page where you submit your answers to a series of “lock” questions and each lock will immediately tell you if you’re successful.
Why Use Breakouts?
1. Breakouts shift the ownership of learning from the teacher to the student.
2. In addition to the content knowledge needed to succeed in a specific game, breakouts require critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication.
3. A breakout provides learners with many opportunities to fail and try again. Every unsuccessful attempt to open a lock forces students to reexamine their information and their thinking.
Why Use Digital Breakouts?
A digital break out requires no preparation of materials, no time spent setting up, and no purchase of a Breakout EDU kit or any other special equipment.
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This digital breakout is intended for practicing addition and subtraction with decimals. Students will use their knowledge of addition and subtraction to solve clues to recall their bank pin number in order to pay for their Christmas shopping.
In this Escape Room-like game, students will interact with a variety of text and media in order to find clues. Students will use all of this information to find the codes that will unlock a series of locks. This unique activity will require students to think creatively and work collaboratively.
*Breakout website with links to all necessary text and media
*Related Common Core Standards
*Breakout codes and explanations
*Breakout recording form
*All documents linked from website
To use this resource you will need to:
1. Have access to electronic devices (desktops, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, etc.) for students to use or allow students to use their own devices. The activity can be done using smartphones.
2. Have access to the internet.
3. Have Google accounts for your students or create a class account for students to use.
4. Check to make sure that your school/district does not block Google Sites or out-of domain sharing of Google Drive resources (Forms, Docs, Slides, etc.)
*Please Note: This resource is not editable.
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