Escape the Jungle is meant to be completed “Escape Room” style. Students are given 5 missions to complete during the day. All missions meet 3rd and 4th grade math, ELA, and STEM standards and are meant to be completed in teams. In my classroom, we broke the students into 5 groups. Students are told that they need to complete all 5 missions in order to help save the main character's HUGE fortune from being stolen from the evil villain.
Mission #1- Preparing for the trek (adding and subtracting into the thousands)
Mission #2- ELA- grammar/capitalization/problem solving to break a code
Mission #3- Bar Graphing
Mission #4- Adding and Subtracting using Google maps/MapQuest, as well as mapping skills!
Mission #5- STEM activity!
Also included are:
*Initial letters to students
*iPads or computers would be best
*Crayons or colored pencils
*Breaking your kids into groups of 4-6 and keeping these groups for the entire day will work the best. I would suggest moving students into groups or working at a table for the day.
*This is meant to be a full day mission, but you could definitely break it up over a 5 day period.
*I suggest giving items to students in either manila folders or in small bins. This just helps keep everything organized.
*Each time a team finishes a mission, they receive a letter. The letters are at the end of the direction packet.
*I did this right before our state math test toward the end of the year, but this will work and be sure to engage students at any point!
*As the day progresses, I give out JUNGLE BUCKS. I start everyone off with 8 JUNGLE bucks. I give out more JUNGLE BUCKS throughout the day as the kids answer questions correctly, do a great job problem solving, or working as a team. I can also take away jungle bucks if students are off task, etc. However, I try to keep it positive.
Please let me know if you have any questions!