Reading Test Prep Escape Room Third Grade - Digital and Printable

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3rd - 4th
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49 pages
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It’s that time of the year again…the one that students (and teachers) dread. The weather is finally warming up outside and students are dreaming about bike rides and baseball diamonds. But inside the classroom test prep and review are in full swing. And it can be tough to keep little heads in the game.

If your students are ready for a seventh-inning stretch, we’ve got the perfect resource for you. You’ll achieve All-Star teacher status in no time with this fun, no prep activity. Our Baseball Escape Room 3rd Grade Reading Test Prep reviews lots of essential reading skills, BUT your class will be having so much fun solving the puzzles, they won’t even notice that they are learning!

This Escape Room is one practice that will have the whole class engaged and leave them swinging for the fences on their end-of-the-year assessments. Whether you’re teaching in-person, online, or a combination of both, this fully digital and printable resource provides everything you need for a break-out review session. Your students will be excited to help Nina and Ravi get ready for the championship game. They will fly through the lessons, answering questions about character traits, point of view, ask and answer, and more. Each question leads to a new puzzle and each solution provides another clue to figure out who wins the big game.

This activity is filled with a mixture of passages and puzzles that challenge students to review their reading skills and flex their problem-solving muscles.  And, like any championship team, teamwork is key. Students will need to work together and practice their communication skills to solve the puzzles and decipher the clues.

You’ll receive both digital and printable versions for use in class or for distance learning! It’s also perfect for hybrid classrooms.

The story starts with Nina and Ravi in the car on the way to Bisons Stadium before the big game. Their dad, the general manager of the team, needs to get there early to make sure everything is set for the big game. But a series of mishaps ensue, jeopardizing the team’s chance of success. 

Students will work their way through 6 different tasks practicing context clues, character traits, point of view, cause and effect, ask and answer, and central message. Each task is followed by a puzzle which leads to the next task. And ultimately to a final challenge where students will unlock whether or not they find Jamal Jone’s lucky glove in time for the big game. 

What’s inside?

  • Downloadable Google Slides for use with Google Classroom, with movable and fillable parts and helpful hints to enable students to complete the activities on their own
  • A PowerPoint version for use with other LMS
  • A Printable PDF version of the escape room 
  • Detailed teacher directions including how to download the resources, how to use this escape room in the classroom, a video explanation, and an answer key
  • A Google Form for students to submit their responses and self-check their work. 
  • Audio on each teaching slide

Audio included on each teaching slide*

  • The digital version includes an audio button that will read the slides to students. This added feature is awesome for struggling readers or students with individualized education plans/testing accommodation that permits the test to be read to them.
  • If you want to better simulate the test-taking experience, which usually requires students to read the test to themselves, you can turn this option off by deleting the audio button.

* You may want to check with your school’s IT department beforehand to ensure that students are permitted to have access to linked audio from drive files outside of your school domain. This will determine if the audio will work for your students in Google classroom.

What skills are reviewed?

  • Context clues
  • Character Traits
  • Point of View
  • Cause and Effect
  • Ask and Answer 
  • Central Message

How can I use this resource?

It’s easy to use this escape room in the classroom. Students can work individually, as partners, or in groups. 

  • Whole Group: Print off all the task cards, laminate them (or put them in sheet protectors), and place them in an envelope. Then label the envelope with the correct task number. Provide students with a dry erase marker to write on the task cards and solve the puzzles. 
  • Partners and Small Groups:  Make multiple copies and envelopes using the same instructions above.
  • Guided Instructions: Make an extra copy for the teacher-led group and work directly with a small group of students to help guide them through the activity. 
  • 1:1 Devices: Use the digital version and let students complete the assignment individually or with a partner. 

Distance Learning? No problem! Just use the Google Slides or download the PowerPoint version to use with your LMS. 

  • Whole Group: Use your shared screen to work through the escape room activities as a whole class.  
  • Partners and Small Groups: Use breakout rooms to have students complete the activity in small groups.
  • Individual Assignment: This fully digital activity makes it easy for kids to complete the escape room on their own. Students submit their answers through Google Forms and get immediate feedback to self-check their work.

Do I need Google Classroom to use this resource?

No. While this resource is designed to work on Google Slides, you can easily share this escape room on several different platforms making this a zero-prep virtual resource!

  • Assign the PowerPoint slides through other learning platforms such as Canvas, Schoology, and Teams, and students can complete the activities independently.
  • Assign the Google slides through Google Classroom and have students complete the activity independently.
  • Assign students into breakout groups to complete the escape room as a team digitally. 
  • I’m sorry, this activity is not compatible with Seesaw.

How much time will it take for students to complete this activity?

This escape room will take between 45-60 minutes depending on your individual students and if they are using the audio feature or reading the text independently. Another great option is to spend 10 minutes a day reviewing one task card at a time. This will help build suspense and excitement and keep students engaged in completing the review. 

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Why can’t I see the puzzle pieces to complete Puzzle #3?

The puzzle pieces are not visible in present mode. First, make sure you (and your students) are not in present mode. If you switch to editing mode in either Google Slides or PowerPoint, the pieces will be available on the right-hand side, and students can drag and drop the pieces into the puzzle. Also, just a reminder, the puzzle pieces are not available on the Google Form. That is an answer form only.

Is this activity available for any other grades?

This activity was designed specifically for third grade, and right now we do not have test prep escape rooms for other grades. However, many of the skills covered in this review are also appropriate for fourth grade. Be sure to look at the preview and watch the video to make sure it will be a good fit for you and your students before your purchase.  

Is this escape room compatible with Seesaw?

No. I’m sorry, this activity is not compatible with Seesaw. It can be used anywhere you can use a Google Slide or a PowerPoint.

Can I delete the hints in the Pigpen Cipher?

Yes, you can delete the letter hints. We chose to include them because this type of cipher can be a little tricky for students who have never done one before.

My students are getting a “request access” message when trying to listen to the audio.

If your students are getting this message it is because your school does not allow access to Google Drive files outside their domain. You will need to check with your school’s IT department to ensure that students are permitted to have access to linked audio from drive files outside of your school domain. 

If I need to split the review up over a couple of days, will my students lose the work they have already completed on their Google Form?

If you split the review over several days, your students will need to keep the Google Form open on their device. If they close out of it they will, unfortunately, lose their work. The Google Slides are moving pieces and will save automatically. 

If my school doesn’t use Google products is there an alternative to the Google Form?

Your students can just write their answers directly on the slides and submit them to you. It won’t be self-checking, but they can easily submit their finished slides to you for review. They could even take a screenshot and send you a picture for a quick check. You may also be able to create a form in whatever software your school uses.

How do students input answers on the Google Form?

You will need to teach students how to open two tabs on their device, one with the Google slides and the other with the Google Form. Then you will need to show them how to toggle back and forth between the Google slides where they complete the tasks and the Google Form where they can input their answers.


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Total Pages
49 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).


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