Escape Room for Reading Informational Text (grades 3-5). There's nothing like this at all! Your students will be hooked and begging for more! The escape room combines the fun of Minecraft, passwords, and code hacking to move students through an informational text (Natural Resources) with multiple choice questions.
The escape room is like a puzzle, a game, an intense and incredibly complex problem-solving task for building thinking and reading skills!
The escape room is an online (whole-class or individual) and paper-based activity that uses high-level informational text and rigorous text-based questions to teach:
> Drawing Conclusions
> Making Inferences
> Using Text Evidence to Support Ideas
> Determining the Main Idea
> Using Text Features to Analyze Text
Students will begin with a welcome video and then seek to uncover passwords by unscrambling answer choices. Each password unlocks the next video in the escape.
INCLUDED WITH THE ESCAPE ROOM
• Level 8.0 (Lexile 900-1000L) Informational Text about Natural Resources
• Two Versions of the Text for Differentiation (with Graphics and without Graphics)
• Online Questions with Automated Feedback
• 2019 TEKS and CCSS Aligned Question (Multiple-Choice and Multiple-Answer)
• Password Code Hacker
• Student Answer Pages
• Free TeamTom Teachers Membership
• Free Individual Student Accounts
• Two-Versions of the Escape Room (Teacher-Driven vs. Student-Driven)
• Minecraft Escape Room Videos (with Cartoon Guest, DonutSmileD)
Preview details about the Escape Room in this How-To Video on YouTube.
ESCAPE ROOM DIRECTIONS
Escape Room! Natural Resources
• Student Answer Page with Code Hacker
• Teacher Answer Key
• Text: Natural Resources
• Free TeamTom Teachers Membership (register here)
• NOT PROVIDED: Projector (for whole-class) or Student Devices (1:1, in a station, or group-based)
1. Each student gets a copy of the text and the answer page.
2. Read the text as a shared reading, peer reading, or independent reading.
3. Project the escape room from the link above. It includes the videos, passwords, and text-dependent questions.
4. Watch the videos as a class.
5. Students answer questions.
6. Volunteer or randomly select students to tell the answers and you submit online.
a. If the answers are correct, great! Use the code hacker to move on.
b. If the passcode is incorrect, you can have the student retry or call another student or volunteer.
c. After submitting the answers, the question forms give students feedback and support if the answer is incorrect.
7. Continue until the class successfully escapes!
Group, Station, or Individual
This is the preferred method after you’ve demonstrated how the escape room works. The directions are identical for student-directed escape rooms, but there’s one major benefit:
Students have their own device (in a group, station, or individually) and move at their own pace.
Free Individual Accounts are included with your free membership. Here’s how to set them up:
• Email email@example.com requesting class Sub-Accounts. You can also do this by clicking here: https://teamtomeducation.com/student-sub-accounts
• Your students’ sub-accounts will be available within 36 hours.
• In your account, there is a share link for students to sign up (or you can manually add them).
• You may also choose to use the student accounts as team accounts for table groups or stations.
Teaching Tip: If you teach more than one class/section, we recommend setting up the student accounts as “Stu1, Stu2, etc.” Make a generic password, so students can remember it easily. No personal student is stored in the Escape Rooms.
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