Escape Room Break Out Box Game, New Year

Julie Faulkner
Grade Levels
8th - 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • Zip
  • Internet Activities
Video tutorial and 27 pages
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Get ready to dive into an exciting escape-room style adventure with this break-out game designed to welcome your students back from the break as the new year begins! You will love that there are plenty of tools included to help you set up the game with ease. Your admin will love to see that you're engaging all learners with higher order critical thinking and problem solving.

Student Experience: As students work through the clues in this escape game with a flexible three-ways-to-play format, they will be inspired and challenged to #makethisyearcount! Students will review logic, grammar & figurative language. From the most reluctant learner to the most advanced, all of your students will be 100% engaged in solving the clues in this interactive lock box game! Your students will love the exciting, modern game-like format. Are you ready to UNLOCK THE FUN?!?!

Perfect for any subject and/or purpose: English Language Arts, Reading, Grammar, Journalism, Yearbook, Technology, Youth Groups, Clubs, Team Building, Ice Breakers... the possibilities and uses are endless!


-3 Ways to play (The game can be conducted with a prepackaged box that you've bought or made, with the digital Google form provided, or with teacher-led answer checking. The codes are especially designed to be compatible with any method. There's nothing else for you to do. Just choose the method that works best for you and play! I've provided it all!)

-Video tutorial for teacher prep

-One stop, press print-and-go clue set for students (The clues are interactive, challenging, and fun. Distractions are included to enhance the difficulty level! One clue has a paired informational text. Choices for an optional ending!)

-"Time" for a Hint, Hint Cards

-Intro slides to set up scenario for students

-Lesson plan, editable


-Follow up questions for debrief, editable

-Follow up explanatory prompt, editable

*Requirements for the game no matter which way you play: Smart devices with QR scanners and Internet access. Access to

*Optional no matter which way you play: UV pen with UV flashlight. (Can be purchased online for around $10.)

*Physical Lock Box: 5-digit letter lock, 4-digit number lock, 3-digit number lock, 5-digit directional lock, key lock, hasp, box

*Some assembly and set up required for some clues.

*Suggested time may vary based on class.

Classroom success stories from other teachers who have tried this resource:

♥ "I used this as my first escape room ever, and it went so well! Thank you for the thorough instructions, they were a lifeline!"

♥ "Did this with my AVID kids and they LOVED it! Were completely engrossed in the activity! Such a wonderful educational team building activity?!"

♥ "I used this as a welcome back activity and my middle schoolers had a great time!"

♥ "This went over really well in the classroom as a review of the previous semester's concepts, and a lead in to our resolutions essays. Kids loved it!"

♥ "We did the first week back from winter break and it was a lot of fun. It wasn't a quick game by any means. The riddles were challenging and hiding clues around the room gave it another layer. I highly recommend!"

Related New Year Resources:

New Year Grammar Worksheets

New Year and Winter Coloring Sheets

New Year English Activities Bundle for Teens

Plus, check out my other lock box, escape-style games, too!

MLA Escape Box

Ethos, Pathos, Logos Escape Box

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Escape Box

Fahrenheit 451 Escape Box

Gatsby Escape Box

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For more ideas and inspiration:

Faulkner's Fast Five Blog

Julie's Classroom Stories on Instagram

Julie's Classroom Stories on Facebook

Teaching Middle and High School English Facebook Group

Yearbook and Journalism Facebook Group


Terms of Use: Please one classroom use only. Not to be shared online without proper security. Additional licenses sold at a discount at checkout.

Total Pages
Video tutorial and 27 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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