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This (non-religous) Easter-themed 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 research the dates of six Easter-related events (non-religious).
A color printer will be needed for many of the printable pages in this resource.
In this Lockbox Challenge, students will need to break into a box to save the golden egg!
When Great-Grandpa Rupert was a young boy, he came across a golden egg at a flea market. The market peddler sold it to him for a nickel, thinking that it was just a worthless, painted Easter knick-knack. As it turned out, the egg was made of solid gold! Word spread quickly throughout the village, and Rupert buried his egg for fear that it would be stolen. Rupert made a map of the secret location of his buried treasure. He locked it in a box and kept it hidden in his attic for 75 years. This Easter, he is ready to give it to YOU, his favorite great-grandchild! The only problem is that Great-Grandpa Rupert's memory is beginning to fade and he can't get into the box or remember where the egg is buried. If you can unlock the box, the golden egg will be yours!
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. Chick Challenge- Students will think critically to identify the value of different chicks in a grid, so that every column and row will add up to a specific number. Once they determine the chick values, they will use a second chart to find corresponding letters. Those letters will form a word for the 5-letter lock.
2. Easter Egg Cipher- Students will decode a cipher to find place value clues that reveal the code for the 4 digit number lock.
3. Easter Word Search- After finding 16 words in a word search, students will use the left over letters to form a six-word sentence that reveals the location of the hidden key for the key lock.
4. Egg Balance- Students will use visual discrimination and critical thinking skills to draw conclusions about the weight of three different Easter eggs on balance scales. They will identify the missing egg that is required to balance out a scale, and then answer questions about that egg, leading to the code for the 3 digit number lock.
5. Easter Events- Students will research the dates (using a computer, Chromebook, iPad, etc.) of 6 different Easter-related events and put them in chronological order. Then they will use the UV flashlight to read an invisible ink code on the back that will open the directional lock.
6. Bunnies in Disguise- Students will use clues and logical thinking to determine the costume and party arrival time for each of the four Cottontail brothers. They will use this information to find and unscramble letters to make a code for the 4-letter lock.
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 Easter Lockbox Challenge!
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