Are you looking for a fun, exciting, and completely engaging way to review the basics of theatre with your students, promote a collaborative environment, and even teach them a little something new about the theatre world? Look no further than this Drama Escape Room Activity!
Don’t know what an escape room is? Watch THIS
video and see me explain what exactly it is!
Your students were exploring the costume closet when they encountered an old treasure chest. They opened it up and let out the spirit of Thespis! Suddenly, they find the door is locked and they hear a voice telling them that they must prove they are worthy to follow in his footsteps by showing their knowledge of theatre and escape the room!
Students will solve a series of clues and puzzles in order to figure out various combinations using their knowledge of stage directions, basic theatre vocabulary, and blocking shorthand in order to figure out the combinations. In addition to this, students will learn a little bit about the current theatre scene on Broadway and important plays of the past to solve clues as well. This product pairs very well and draws from my Blocking and Stage Conventions Activity
If your school already has access to a platform such as BreakoutEDU, this game will fit in perfectly with the basic kit; however, this activity can be used in multiple ways without such a resource. You could even use this as multiple warm-up activities over a series of days to find a new and exciting way to engage your students.
This activity contains everything you need to be able to print, play, and have an exciting time!
(NOTE: This activity works the best if you have invisible ink pens and a UV flashlight in order to reveal that invisible ink. If you do not already have this, they are easily purchased on Amazon or you can simply eliminate this element from the game and write in regular pen instead.)
I work primarily out of Google Docs and .pdf files.
In this bundle you will find:
* An Instructional Video for the game
A thorough walk-through of the set up for the game, possible leveling up or down clues for your students, how each of the clues work, and suggestions for good
game flow. (25 minute video)
* Student Introduction Presentation
An overview of the game rules, tips for students to play the game well, rules, expectations, an overview of the plotline, and a timer. Use this presentation to make the activity run smooth. (10 slides)
* Exit Slip
Debriefing the activity is very important! How did they work well as a team? What could be improved for next time? Use this to reflect. (1 page)
* Student Worksheet: Lock Combination Answers
A great way to get students to not just randomly guess the correct answers is to have them explain exactly all the steps that lead to the answers. Use this worksheet to do that. (1 page)
* A “Paper Lock Box”
Use this if you do not have any physical box for them to open and would like to do the activity in paper form. (1 page)
* Lock Combination Quick Guide
Keep this page on hand to see the combination answers quickly and easily. (1 page)
* Key Lock Clue
Students will use their knowledge (or do some quick Googling!) to find out information on various theatrical superstitions. Included is a less “ink-heavy” version of the clue as well. (6 pages)
* Word Lock Clue
Students will use their prior knowledge of blocking shorthand to figure out this combination. The blocking shorthand is pulled directly from the Blocking and Stage Conventions Activity
. (4 pages)
* Directional Lock Clue
Students will use their prior knowledge of stage directions to figure out the combination to the directional lock. (3 pages)
* 4 Digit Lock Clue
Students will explore various important plays/musicals in theatrical history. No prior knowledge is needed as long as students have access to devices. (2 pages)
* 3 Digit Lock Clue
Students will explore what is playing on Broadway right now and actual theatres on Broadway in this clue. No prior knowledge is needed as long as students have access to devices. Two versions of this clue are provided to level it up or down for your students if needed. (13 pages)
In total, this activity will bring you over 30 PAGES of content, 10SLIDES of presentational material, an instructional video, and more fun in your drama classroom!
For you, the busy drama teacher, all you have to do is print and teach! Everything is now prepped for you! Have fun and enjoy this activity! Break a leg!