Escape rooms harness the natural competitive nature of middle-school students to encourage them to work cooperatively and to use critical thinking and comprehension skills to complete a series of tasks which allow them to succeed. In this escape room, students get a chance to hone their calculator skills while searching for the codes the will open the locks.
This product features four math activities that must be solved to find the codes to “escape”. In one activity, students practice calculating powers of number, then matching the answers to find a letter code. The second puzzle requires students to either use the parentheses key correctly, or to solve the expression in steps, using PEMDAS. A third lock code can be found by piecing together a jigsaw puzzle, then following the instructions in the completed puzzle to find the correct number. The final lock requires students to use the calculator to find answers and match them to a partially completed grid.
The product gives both digital and non-digital options, or a combination of both. To use the digital version, students (or groups of students) need access to a device that has Internet capabilities. The teacher gives students a link to a private website that requires them to read and search for clues to unlock four different types of locks.
The non-digital option allows the teacher to print out the puzzles and give one set to each student, or each group of students. The students can then go to the website to enter their answers, or simply write the lock codes down on their response sheet for easy checking.
The packet also includes an optional certificate that can be given to successful students.
This product was designed for students who had access to a TI-83 Plus graphing calculator, but does not need the graphing capabilties. Calculator skills covered are calculating expressions with exponents, calculating expressions with parentheses, and calculating expressions with fractions.
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