End of the Year Escape Room

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4th - 5th
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My students absolutely loved the escape room! It was perfect for our last week of school. This was easy to set up and not overly complicated for the students.
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If you are looking for an Escape Room experience for your elementary students to end their school year, this will be perfect! This breakout includes a scavenger hunt, a maze, and a secret code. As tasks are completed students find a code to open a locked box. Yes, a STEM Challenge is included!

NOTE: This Escape Room is available in money-saving bundles!

What are the Tasks?

For the first task:

  • Teams begin with a Summer Words Scavenger Hunt paper used to find signs you post in your classroom or school. Students find the signs and copy the letters into spaces on their puzzle sheet. Shaded boxes of the words reveal a secret phrase. This will lead to the unlock code.
  • There are two versions of the scavenger hunt paper- one easy and one more challenging. These two versions are provided in an editable format so you can customize them for your classroom and school.
  • NOTE: The editable portions are provided in TWO formats.
  • You can edit in PowerPoint. You must have this program on your computer in order to edit. If you need editing help, I have a video. CLICK HERE
  • You can also edit in Google slides.

For the second task:

  • Teams have a maze on which to trace paths to find hidden numbers that turn out to be the lock code.
  • The maze has a trick to it because all the hidden numbers cannot be reached on a path.
  • Finding the correct numbers and determining the right order for the numbers will unlock box 2.

For the third task:

  • Teams use a secret code to use to decipher a secret message.
  • This gives them the lock code numbers and placing those numbers in the right order will get box three unlocked!

What is your prep?

Things you will need to prepare: Prepare your version of the scavenger hunt locations using the editable file, hang the scavenger hunt display, make copies of the scavenger hunt paper, the lock code clues, the maze, make and the secret message paper. There are also miscellaneous pages you can choose to copy. This resource includes detailed directions (with photos) for all of the preparation. It took 30 minutes for me to set up the Escape Room. Your prep also includes setting up the STEM Challenge if you choose to use it.

What do you need?

  • You will need three number locks for this escape room.
  • Directions are included to use this set without these locks!
  • You will also need three boxes. This can be a plastic or metal toolbox, but any box will work- even a cardboard box!
  • Directions and photos are included for how to set up the boxes and locks or how to use a version without locks.
  • You do not need 3 boxes and 3 locks per group! It’s three boxes and three locks for the entire class.

Included in this resource, you will find:

  • Table of contents
  • 3 pages of tips and tricks for setting up everything
  • Box 1- 2 pages of teacher directions, two versions of the scavenger hunt paper (editable), clues for the scavenger hunt lock code, and the box labels
  • Box 2- 2 pages of teacher directions, the maze and answer key, clues for the lock code, and box labels
  • Box 3 – 2 pages of teacher directions, secret code and message, answer key for the message, and box labels
  • Miscellaneous forms include hint cards for each task
  • Alternative locking system (made of paper)
  • Color-by-number summer page for early finishers
  • Certificates to award students completing the task
  • All pages are provided in a black and white version.


Included in this Escape is a STEM Challenge!

You can use the challenge as a stand-alone project or use it with the Escape. This Quick Challenge is to build a bubble wand to use with a bubble solution. It’s a very simple challenge that can be completed outdoors and this makes it perfect for the end of the year!

Included in the STEM Challenge file you will find:

  • Overview and hints page
  • 3 pages of teacher directions
  • criteria cards for student use
  • lab sheet with an answer sample
  • The lab sheet and criteria cards are editable.
  • Materials needed for the STEM Challenge include pipe cleaners and bubble solution. The solution recipe is included.

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One more thing to note: This was tested with fourth and fifth graders. The escape room event can be completed in 30 minutes and the STEM Challenge in about 30 more minutes -if your students are familiar with this type of format. If this is your first escape room it may take a little longer.

What are teachers saying?

  • "This was an awesome end-of-year escape room. My students loved exploring the school grounds looking for clues and solving puzzles. Thank you for an amazing resource to round out the school year!"
  • "I used this as an end-of-the-year activity for my 3rd graders. They loved the challenge and we were able to go outside to test their bubble wands. So much fun!"
  • "I think this was my kids' favorite activity for the year, and they had a blast doing it! Such a creative and fun idea!"

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