Escape Room (Break out) Civil War - Students chase a Confederate Spy!

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5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
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1.47 MB   |   4 pg. lesson, 17 pgs. clues pages


This escape room is so much fun! The students will solve four clues that lead them to find a real Civil War Confederate spy (Rose Greenhow). All of the clues are editable, so you can revise and make this perfect for your own classroom. This lesson has students practice decoding skills, close reading, and point of view. This lesson fits perfectly with a Unit about the Civil War, and it's great as an end of the year activity. There are no breakout boxes or locks required, just some big envelopes!

There are 5 clues they must solve to escape and 4 that involve using real strategies that the spy actually employed during the Civil War.

Clue 1 - This clue tests student understanding of the concept of “point of view” in Social Studies. The students need to figure out that three of the documents were written by Confederates. They will then figure out a code that leads them to a location in the room.

Clue 2 - For this clue, the students need to decode some letters from an actual cipher written by Rose Greenhow. Once the decode the cipher, they are directed to unscramble some letters to lead them to their next location.

Clue 3 - For this clue, students were work through a Morse Code clue on a hand fan (just like Rose Greenhow) that leads them to their next location.

Clue 4- For this clue, the students need to closely read a 1-page article about Rose Greenhow, and figure out which objects she used to transfer messages. Once that had been deciphered, the students then need to put the remaining letters in the correct order.

All of the information in the escape room is based on the life of Rose Greenhow, an actual Confederate spy.

Everything you need is included in this purchase! Just print and teach!

Included in this resource:

● A Google Slides Version of the clues (you just need to open and make your own copy. This is so you can edit the clues if needed) You can also download them as a PowerPoint file if you wish. These clues are full color and based on actual Civil War artifacts.
● A Detailed 4-page Lesson Plan (see preview) that tells you how to set up and execute the escape room.

Check out my other lessons from this era:

Strengths and Weaknesses Stations Activity The Civil War Gallery Walk
The Gettysburg Address Close Reading Activity The Civil War
The NYC Draft Riots

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Total Pages
4 pg. lesson, 17 pgs. clues
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Teaching Duration
90 Minutes

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