Plagiarism Escape Room / Lock Box Activity
Kids just don't seem to take plagiarism seriously, and it is too easy to plagiarize with the copy and paste function on computers. Clues in this game focus on famous people who have been caught plagiarizing and the consequences for their actions, learning the various forms of plagiarism, and applying what they know about plagiarism to situations and writing.
Students will need to solve 4 puzzles to crack the codes (the 5th clue is optional but included if you want to use it.) They will have so much fun trying to solve clues that they will forget they are working hard!
I have also included an editable PowerPoint in case your alphabet lock does not spell the code word. You can easily change the letters to match what your lock will spell.
In actuality, you could have students solve the clues without having any lock boxes. Each clue has a picture of the lock they are trying to open along with the clues. Then, a sheet is included for students to write the code to each lock. Of course, the physical locks are more fun, but I definitely understand school funds are limited. This also works if you have only one lock box for the class to share or several lock box sets for groups.)
❤This activity also comes with access to a Google Form so that students can put their answers into the form and get immediate feedback if they are correct or incorrect as long as they have a tech device to use. This way, you don't even have to set physical locks! The form is self-checking! YAY! (A link and a QR code is included so that you can choose what is easiest for your students to access.)
Materials needed if you are using physical locks (pictures of materials are included in the lesson):
3 digit lock
4 digit lock
5 letter alphabet lock
Box with a lockable clasp
This lesson has step-by-step instructions, hint cards, and well-designed clues to engage your students and get them to think critically.
This lesson could last anywhere from 40 minutes to 60 minutes depending on how you decide to execute the plans and the level of your students.