Earth Day Breakout: Digital Escape Room

Katie Surly
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Who will be the first to reach the Earth Day 2021 Celebration? If you are familiar with Breakout EDU, this Earth Day digital escape room is completely PAPERLESS! CHECK OUT THE VIDEO PREVIEW ON MY INSTAGRAM @KATIESURLY

ELA content covered:


Context Clues

Parts of Speech


Informational Texts

ABC Order


This content is covered through high-quality non-fiction digital text and comprehension questions within the form.

5 things to love about this Earth Day Escape Room:

1. NO-PREP! There is nothing to print, cut, laminate, clues to hide, or locks to set. Everything is ready for your students right in the form!

2. This is a great team-building activity for your students! Students will work together to complete challenges and unlock the ciphers.

3. This digital escape room can be used with computers, chrome books, OR iPads.

4. A detailed answer key is included, along with tips of how I use digital breakouts in my classroom and optional hints if you choose to give them.

5. You can share the escape room link via Google Classroom, SeeSaw or other class communication app, OR there is a QR code provided for your students to access it on their devices. All you need is the internet and one device per pair or group. (You DO NOT need Google logins!)

The teacher pdf includes 10 pages. Some students may take longer or shorter depending on ability levels. The answer key is two pages long and includes extra hints you can choose to give your students that are not in the escape room form along with descriptions of how each cipher works for your own information. If you are using this with distance learning, I recommend emailing this to parents to have on hand to support their student if needed. You know your students best! See below for more distance learning tips.

Note: This is not an editable form. Unlike other quizzes or surveys your students may have taken in Google Forms, students MUST get the answer correct before advancing to the next question and section. All results are the same because of the answer validation function in the escape room! Students do NOT need a Google account and student names are not collected. If students “breakout” or “escape”, they not only finished each section but got every answer correct because students CANNOT advance to the next section without the exact answer.

Please make sure your district does not have Google Forms blocked as no refunds will be given because of this. Thanks for understanding. You do not need Google logins, but you will need access to Google Forms with the provided link.

This was designed for students to work in groups, but it can definitely work with distance learning as a fun activity if you provide supports!

Here are a few tips for using it in distance learning:

Depending on your grade and student abilities, I recommend:

1. Emailing parents the answer key to help if their child gets stuck since you aren't there in person to provide hints if needed. This would help avoid any frustrations since they aren't able to collaborate as a group as it's designed.

2. Encourage students to do the activity when you have live 'office hours' or a live Google Meet to answer questions in Google Classroom or your classroom share tool. Remember this is a fun breakout activity, and not an assignment you would take a grade for so this should relieve any pressure on families!! Please make sure this is clear.

3. Some of you have told me that you've done this as a class together in a Zoom or Google Meet. I love hearing this! Many of you have utilized breakout groups for this so students can still work together and it has been successful!

4. If you want to know they participated, on the last page it tells them to discuss 3 things they learned so you could have them discuss as a family and send you 3 things they learned when they finish and/or have them take a screenshot of the breakout page since you aren't there in person to have them show you their screen like you would in the classroom.

This activity is best suited for USA classrooms because it does teach about the history of Earth Day through an American history lens along with being focused on worldwide celebrations and education.

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Thanks for your purchase- If your class has completed the escape room, I'd love to hear your feedback! Tag me in any photos on social media @katiesurly !

**If you purchased this in 2018-2020, it was updated 3/13/2021 for the 2021 year so your students can participate again! All images are updated to reflect 2021. You can download the updated pdf under "My Purchases". The link remains the same.

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