This Earth Day lockbox activity will engage and challenge your students, while building teamwork and developing critical thinking skills.
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PLEASE NOTE: Lock boxes (1 large and 1 small) and locks are required for this activity. Please see the preview for pictures of the locks needed. You will not be able to use this resource without the following supplies.
1. large lock box with latch
2. small lock box with latch
3. hasp (or other method for attaching locks to box)
4. 5-letter lock
5. 4 digit number lock
6. key lock
7. 3 digit number lock
8. directional lock
9. 4-letter lock
10. invisible ink pen
11. UV flashlight
The students will also need access to a computer (Chromebook, iPad, etc) that has Internet access in order to find and use a sign language chart and a world map.
A color printer will be needed for many of the printable pages in this resource. Some of the tasks use clues that involve color.
In this Lockbox Challenge, students will need to break into a box to save a forest. Mr. Seymour Paving has recently purchased the last five acres of forest land in the county, and he has plans to cut down all the trees and make a parking lot! Members of the local community have signed a petition in support of a law to protect the forest. The petition will be presented to the mayor at the Earth Day celebration, but the problem is that Mr. Paving has locked it in his toolbox! Act quick to get the petition out of the box in time for Earth Day!
There are 6 different challenges included in this resource. Each task will require logical reasoning and critical thinking skills. All the printable materials for each task are included, with an easy-to-read reference sheet that outlines the lock codes and setup for each challenge. The following challenges are included:
1. Earth Drop Quote- Students will drop letters into columns to create a quote about taking care of the Earth. Five of the letters in the quote will need to be unscrambled to make the code for the 5-letter lock.
2. Planting Project- Students will use logical and mathematical thinking to determine the price of various planting supplies in a grid. They will use those values to solve a second problem that involves subtracting and adding money.
3. Recycle Sort- Students will sort objects into recycling bins and then compare fractions to place them in order from least to greatest. When placed in the proper order, an invisible ink clue on the back of the cards will reveal the location of the key for the key lock.
4. Dice Stacks- Students will study stacks of dice and determine the number of dots that cannot be seen. The sum of the answers will reveal a 3 digit number code that will unlock a small box containing a UV flashlight.
5. Oil Spill- Students will trace the route (using a world map) of an oil tanker ship that had an oil spill. The directions of the route will reveal the code for the directional lock.
6. Sign Message- Students will learn some sign language as they decode a secret Earth Day message that is shown with hand symbols. Clues are given about the message that will reveal the code for the 4-letter lock. For this task, students will need to find a sign language chart on the Internet.
Answer keys are included for each challenge.
The initial setup of a Lockbox Challenge is a bit of a time investment, but I have worked hard to make it as easy as possible for you with detailed directions that include pictures. Once the challenges are set up and the locks are in place, you will be amazed by the level of engagement, degree of teamwork, and problem solving that unfolds. This makes it all worth while. :-)
Reward certificates (in black line or color) are included to place inside the box.
Thank you for considering my Earth Day Lockbox Challenge!
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