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This end of the school year 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
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 summer. Mrs. Beatrice Studymore believes that rest and relaxation are bad for the human brain. She once nearly convinced the school board to cancel weekends. Now, Mrs. Studymore is back to present research in support of a 365 day school year. She wants to abolish all school breaks, especially summer. A plan has been made to switch out her computer flash drive with a new flash drive that contains research on the benefits of summer vacation. The school board meeting is tonight. Quick, get into her safe and make the trade before summer break is gone forever!
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. Hamster Hunt- The class pet has escaped and students will need to go on a scavenger hunt to find him. Students will memorize secret passcodes that will eventually lead to a letter puzzle, revealing the code for the 5-letter lock.
2. Lemonade Stand- Students will solve a multiple step word problem involving money and a fraction. Students will need to multiply, add, and subtract money amounts to calculate the earnings from a lemonade stand in order to find the code for the 4 digit number lock.
3. Dante's Spill- Dante accidentally spilled his water bottle all over his end of year math test. Now, some of the numbers are missing. Students must identify the missing signs and numbers and then use a code to translate the missing numbers into letters that reveal the location of the key for the key lock.
4. Teacher Hotel- Students must solve a logic puzzle to determine the hotel room location of teachers on summer break. Then, they will use the room numbers to solve a multi-step addition and subtraction problem, leading to the code for the 3 digit number lock.
5. Shape Patterns- Students will solve four complex shape patterns and use a UV flashlight to find the code for the directional lock.
6. Summer Fun Logic- Students will use clues to determine the type of frozen treat and favorite summertime activity of four friends. 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 End of Year Lockbox Challenge!
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