NGSS: MS-LS1-1 and MS-LS1-2
Bring the new Escape Room game trend into your Science classroom! No locks and expensive supplies needed!
The game can be played in either an escape room style or Amazing Race style. You may see as you play that you may want to adjust it to what fits the needs of your classroom. The students should be set up in groups. The game pieces included can play up to 10 groups. Each group will receive the same supplies. The teacher will be the “gamemaster.” The students will receive a set of tasks. Once each task is completed and correct, they will receive a clue to solve the final puzzle. Once all clues are collected, they can begin working on the final task. When they think they have the task completed and correct, they bring the task to the teacher and receive the final piece to break the code.
In this game, students will be using their knowledge of cells to unlock some mystery microscope slide images.
The puzzles within the game are leveled, some easier than others, to allow everyone an opportunity to participate in the game.
Included in file:
• Teacher instructions
• Blackline masters for game
• Student task documents
• Students will be able to describe the function of cell organelles.
• Students will be able to explain the cell theory.
• Students will be able to distinguish the difference between plant and animal cells.
• Students will be able to design a model of a cell.
• Can be used in any number of small groups. I recommend 3-4 students per group.
• Can be done as an escape style game or an amazing race style of game.
• Can be used as a review once content has been taught.
• Large brown clasp envelopes or manilla folders (amount depends of number of groups you choose)
• Mailing envelopes (amount depends of number of groups you choose)
• Copies of game blackline masters
• Solid box or container to put final task in (optional)
• Locks to seal container (optional)
• Computers (one per group) If computers are not available, you can have students research some pre-printed articles or maybe even their notes to find the answers.
• Large timer that all students can see.
• Glue stick and scissors (one set per group)
Students need to know the following content before playing:
• Should know functions of major cell organelles.
• Should know major differences of plant and animal cells.
• Should be able to label organelles on a plant and animal cell diagrams.
• Should be able to explain the cell theory and the scientists who led to its discovery.