IMPORTANT- You need a lockable box and a 4-digit combination lock to use this product as intended. Check out my blog post here for more information:
Students LOVE the intrigue and excitement of locked boxes! Harness that excitement with this “Reading Rescue” for The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers. This mini rescue only takes one lockable box and one 4-digit lock, so it’s a great way to try out locked box mysteries without a major expense.
After reading The Day the Crayons Quit, students search through the text to find the clues that lead to the combination and unlocks the box. A fun and engaging way to support close reading and foster perseverance through productive struggle. This challenge is also a great cooperative learning activity.
Reading Rescues work best with no more than about 6 students per box. This works well for small group reading time, literacy centers, or extension activities. Purchasing multiple boxes and locks would allow you to do the challenge successfully with a whole class at the same time.
My students BEG me for more locked box challenges every day. Now I’m staring the fun and excitement with you! I do the research and logistics, all you have to do is print the cards, lock the box, and enjoy watching the engagement!