Escape Room, Breakout Activity Fall Kindergarten - First Grade

Grade Levels
K - 1st
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Oh no! Someone has locked up Sammy Squirrel's acorns! Without his stash of acorns, how will Sammy make it through the winter? Can your students use their literacy, math, and problem-solving skills to help Sammy Squirrel and his friend, Ollie Owl the Detective, solve the clues and figure out the combinations to the locks in time?

This fun, fall-themed, easy to set up (no props needed) escape room will keep your students engaged and learning! They will love finding and figuring out the clues and lock combinations that will help free Sammy Squirrel's acorns! It is a great way to practice and review skills while working together as a team!

I have also included a bonus activity. After students have solved all the clues and rescued Sammy Squirrel's acorns, they can use inferencing and deductive reasoning skills to help Ollie Owl the Detective eliminate suspects from his list and figure out which sneaky squirrel locked up Sammy's acorns.

If you have never done an escape room with your students before, no worries! You will receive:

  • Teacher instructions for preparing (no props needed - large envelopes are optional, just print & go), setting up, and conducting the escape room
  • Table of Contents
  • Whole-Class & Small Group Instructions
  • Story Cards & Written Narrations for Each (color and black/white) - sets the stage for the escape room and gets students "hooked"
  • Printable Clues and Answer Sheets - puzzles, mazes, activities that review skills
  • Instructions for Each Clue
  • Printable Answer Keys
  • Bonus Activity: Sneaky Squirrel Suspects - students will use inferencing and deductive reasoning skills to eliminate suspects until only one remains
  • Reward Certificates (color and black/white) - special "Ollie Owl's Star Problem-Solver" certificates "signed by Ollie"

**Please view the preview file to see pictures of all that is included. **

The following skills are covered in this escape room:

  • Uppercase & Lowercase Letters
  • Writing Letters
  • Letter Sounds
  • Beginning Sounds
  • Counting to 10
  • Writing Numbers
  • One-to-one Correspondence
  • ABC Order (alphabetical order)
  • Directional Coding - using arrows to show a path on a grid (see preview file)
  • Inferencing
  • Deductive Reasoning
  • Problem-Solving
  • Logical Thinking
  • Cooperation and Teamwork
  • Listening Skills

Why use an escape room in your classroom?

  • They are engaging and fun for students.
  • They promote working together as a team.
  • Students use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve riddles and puzzles.
  • They are challenging and get students to think.
  • They are hands-on.
  • Students use their imaginations.
  • Students work together to solve the problem.
  • Students can showcase their unique skills.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Associate the long and short sounds with common spellings (graphemes) for the five major vowels.
Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.
Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.


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