Escape Room with Skeletons

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Do your students love learning about bones? Mine always loved labeling a skeleton and learning the names of the bones. Here is a grand adventure using the skeleton as the base of an Escape Room! Students will assemble a skeleton and find its missing part, complete a math paper and riddle, and use sets of arrays to find a total area. So much fun!

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What is an escape room?

  • STEM Escape Rooms are missions that involve solving riddles and tasks to find clues to open a locked box. Students work together to find the keywords that lead to the needed information to unlock a lock.
  • For this Escape Room, the information within the tasks is all about the human skeleton. It’s an Unlock the Box Challenge with a Science-based theme!

What are the tasks?

  • Box 1 will be solved by students completing math problems, ordering the answers, and creating a riddle. The riddle’s answer will lead to clues and the lock code.
  • After unlocking the box, they are led to Task 2. This one involves piecing together a skeleton and finding something missing. Determining the missing part leads to a clue and the lock code.
  • Task 3 involves finding the area of a set of arrays and then the total area. The correct answer leads to a clue and the final lock code.

BUT there is MORE!

Included in this Escape Room resource is a STEM Challenge!

You can use the challenge as a stand-alone project or use it with the Escape Room. The STEM Challenge is to build a model of a robotic hand. This is an exciting challenge and leads students to an understanding of how the fingers work with the tendons and muscles of the hand. It's the perfect challenge to use with this Skeleton Escape Room!

What do you need?

  • You will need three number locks for this quest.
  • 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.

Included in the Escape Room file of this resource, you will find:

  • Table of contents
  • 3 pages of tips and tricks for setting up everything
  • Box 1- teacher directions with photos, student directions, Skeleton Daily News reading selection, Math problems in two ability levels with answer keys, a skeleton image to display with the clues, and box labels
  • Box 2- teacher directions with photos, skeleton pieces to put together, a skeleton image to display, and box labels
  • Box 3 – teacher directions with photos, grids for finding the area, a skeleton display with clues, and box labels
  • Miscellaneous forms include Hint cards for each task, an alternative locking system (made of paper)
  • Planning Check-off sheet
  • Certificates to award students completing the task
  • All pages are provided in a black and white version.
  • In addition, the Award Certificates are provided in two formats - the certificates are either labeled for Halloween and for Skeletons.

Included in the STEM Challenge of this resource, you will find:

  • Overview and hints page
  • 4 pages of teacher directions
  • Criteria cards for student use
  • Lab sheet with an answer sample
  • Four pages of photos
  • Scoring rubric
  • The scoring rubric, lab sheet, and criteria cards are editable.
  • This STEM Challenge is available separately.

Check the preview to see everything!

NOTE: YOUR PREP includes:

  • copying math papers
  • copying, laminating, and cutting out box labels, the Skeleton Newspaper page, student directions cards, 3 display skeletons, bone pieces, arrays, and hints cards.
  • Most of the cutting can be completed using a paper cutter and I have aligned the items to facilitate this.
  • Prep should take 30-45 minutes.

Who is this for?

This Escape Room and the STEM Challenge were tested with fourth and fifth graders. It would be great for 4th-5th grade. Some items are provided in two ability levels. Three pages of hints and tips will guide you through using this resource. It’s a highly engaging activity that will create a busy-ness in your classroom that is so much fun.

Comments from my students include:

  • “This one was challenging, but I loved all the math.”
  • “You know I love these locked box challenges. I like these better than just building things.”
  • “This one worked great because we all had math problems to do and we just each did our part.”

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