No lock boxes, locks, or keys needed for this activity; however, if you have those materials available, you could easily adapt this activity for their use.
Escape Rooms are becoming very popular, and they are so much fun for use in the classroom. Students are broken up into teams and then given clues and tasks to solve within a specified time in order to "escape" the room. It's a great way to engage even your most reluctant learners. My kids LOVE them!
I usually divide my students into six teams, and they work together to solve the puzzles.
This Escape Room activity corresponds with the CKLA Fourth Grade Unit, Empires in the Middle Ages (Unit 2). If you are not using CKLA, the puzzles deal with the topics of William the Conqueror, the Battle of Hastings, the Feudal System, steps to become a master craftsman, and the hierarchy of groups of people/classes in the Middle Ages.
This activity includes five puzzles. There are two tools (decoders) that students must earn after the first two puzzles in order to be able to complete puzzles later on. Some of the puzzles also have hints available for teams who need them.
There is some minimal prep, and extra materials needed for this activity. Extra materials include long bolts and nuts, and timers. Advanced preparation includes printing the materials, cutting jigsaw puzzle pieces for one of the printables, and assembling the nuts and bolts with letters on them.
Two decoding combinations
One Recording Sheet
One Answer Key
One Certificate for completion
This is part of a Supplemental BUNDLE kit for Unit 2 Grade 4, Empires of the Middle Ages. To see the entire supplemental kit, please click on the link below:
Empires of the Middle Ages CKLA Unit 2 Supplemental Kit