Save the Zoo Escape Room | Mixed ELA Skills for Test Prep | Print + Digital

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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  • Internet Activities
45 pages
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This ELA escape room challenge is the perfect way to engage your students during your ELA block, while still teaching the standards! This is a mixed ELA review, which makes it perfect for test prep review or and end of the year ELA review.

Both a printable PDF version AND digital version are included. This makes it perfect for in-person, hybrid, or virtual learning.

This digital escape room uses Google Forms and Google Slides. Students drag and drop moveable pieces and type in pre-made text boxes in Google Slides for an interactive experience.

Throughout the activity, students can work independently, collaboratively with partners, or in groups to solve reading and language arts related challenges and find clues in order reverse the town's decision to shut down the zoo.

Featured ELA Focus & Skills (Included, But Not Limited To):

  • Inferring
  • Cause & Effect
  • Figurative Language
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Text Evidence
  • Context Clues & Vocabulary


Digital Version Includes:

  • Teacher guide
  • Answer Key
  • Link to Google Form that houses the following:
    • Escape Challenge Problem Prompt
    • Links to 6 ELA Challenge Tasks/Puzzles on Google Slides with moveable parts
    • Completion Certificate

Print Version Includes:

  • Teacher guide
  • Escape Challenge Prompt
  • 6 Challenge Puzzles (Color & B/W)
  • Hint Cards
  • Completion Certificates (for groups or individuals)
  • Answer Key

Please download the preview to see a closer look at what's included! :)

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  • Students learn to manage time appropriately and focus under pressure
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  • They encourage independence and risk taking
  • They require students to problem solve and think critically

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Copyright © Michele Giannattasio - The Collaborative Class

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Total Pages
45 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.


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