Ecosystems Ecology Escape Room Game Using Google Digital Locks

Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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This Ecology Ecosystems Escape Room Game activity involves teamwork and attention to detail as your students prove their understanding of ecology and ecosystems while they imagine that they have found themselves lost in the wilderness without their gear and the threat of sundown approaching! When they awake from a berry-induced nap, they find a strange compass, a computer, and a clue. They are on a mission to follow the clues ‘through the woods’ and to the campground for safety! They need to show their understanding of the principles of ecology and ecosystems in order to crack the digital codes and find more hidden clues.

The students will answer questions and follow directions/riddles to locate envelopes in the classroom with more clues. They will also be instructed along the way to input codes (in the form of letters and numbers) into the “Help for Lost Hikers” program, which is a Google Form that they will access online at As they input the consecutive codes into the Google Form, they will be brought closer and closer to the final clue, which will unlock only with the special code.

Teacher must provide envelopes (4 - 6" x 9" and 10 - 4.75" x 6.75" per student group of 4 - 6 students). You will also need one real or fake plant, and one stuffed animal of any type! All other materials are included, including detailed teacher directions for set-up and facilitation and an answer key to the student answer sheet.

Please note that you should not buy this with plans to use it tomorrow! You will need to allot around 45 minutes to set up this game for 5 groups. Once you get the hang of the way the game is set up for one group, the prep work goes quicker!

The ecosystem questions include concepts covered in the Next Generation Science Standards NGSS MS-LS1-6 and MS-LS2-1 through -4. The topics include: vocabulary of ecosystem, population, community, and habitat, biotic versus abiotic factors, producers, consumers and decomposers, carnivore, herbavore, omnivore, predator versus prey, autotrophs and heterotrophs, the basic equation for photosynthesis, food chains and food webs, energy/biomass pyramid, analyzing data about changes in population, behavioral and structural adaptations, types of symbiosis (mutualism, commensalism, parasitism), and the concept of an invasive species.

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Total Pages
16 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. Emphasis is on cause and effect relationships between resources and growth of individual organisms and the numbers of organisms in ecosystems during periods of abundant and scarce resources.
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. Emphasis is on recognizing patterns in data and making warranted inferences about changes in populations, and on evaluating empirical evidence supporting arguments about changes to ecosystems.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem. Emphasis is on describing the conservation of matter and flow of energy into and out of various ecosystems, and on defining the boundaries of the system. Assessment does not include the use of chemical reactions to describe the processes.
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. Emphasis is on predicting consistent patterns of interactions in different ecosystems in terms of the relationships among and between organisms and abiotic components of ecosystems. Examples of types of interactions could include competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial.


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