Science: Food Groups, Vitamins, Minerals, Healthy Eating, Teeth - ESCAPE ROOM

Science: Food Groups, Vitamins, Minerals, Healthy Eating, Teeth - ESCAPE ROOM
Science: Food Groups, Vitamins, Minerals, Healthy Eating, Teeth - ESCAPE ROOM
Science: Food Groups, Vitamins, Minerals, Healthy Eating, Teeth - ESCAPE ROOM
Science: Food Groups, Vitamins, Minerals, Healthy Eating, Teeth - ESCAPE ROOM
Science: Food Groups, Vitamins, Minerals, Healthy Eating, Teeth - ESCAPE ROOM
Science: Food Groups, Vitamins, Minerals, Healthy Eating, Teeth - ESCAPE ROOM
Science: Food Groups, Vitamins, Minerals, Healthy Eating, Teeth - ESCAPE ROOM
Science: Food Groups, Vitamins, Minerals, Healthy Eating, Teeth - ESCAPE ROOM
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NGSS5-PS3-1
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Using an Escape Room to develop curriculum knowledge is an exciting activity that will inspire learners from 2nd Grade to 5th Grade.

The curriculum content of this Escape Room is linked to:

  • Food groups and classification
  • How a balanced diet is important to the human body
  • Vitamins and Minerals and their role within the human body
  • Food groups which provide vitamins and minerals
  • Balanced diets (healthy plate activity) and designing menus
  • Caring for our teeth
  • Calories as measures of energy

The aim of the Escape Room is to provide jeopardy for the children to work under pressure to solve 10 clues to help scientists who need to remember the importance of a balanced diet in order to save the human race.

Before beginning, you will need to prepare the following:

  • A copy of the Pupil Workbook for each group
  • A set of table activities for every group – prepared beforehand and given to each group after they have all completed each Code Key activity
  • IT sources and research materials
  • Initial Starting Script sharing the problem to the children
  • Completion Script celebrating the completion of the challenge

Children do not need prior knowledge of the topic above to complete this Escape Room, as the research will support the answers and each Code Key is supported with several clues. This Escape Room is ideal as a review of learning.

The activity begins by the teacher reader the Initial Message received. It clearly tells the children that they are required to help scientists to relearn the importance of a balanced diet, the main food groups and classification of foods as, for some reason, all scientists have lost the ability and memory to do this for themselves! The only way they can do this is to solve the 10 challenges within this Escape Room. Failure is not an option!

What follows are 10 challenges which the children must solve to discover the code to move onto the next activity.

Each activity focuses and builds the children’s knowledge on many aspects of food groups and the digestive system

The 10 activities are based on the following outcomes:

  • Word Search to introduce 40 key words and sorting 35 of those food words into 5 food groups (carbohydrates, protein, dairy, fruit and vegetables, fats and sugars)
  • Wordsearch which assesses the children’s knowledge of food groups, food types and knowledge of digestion
  • Vitamins and their roles within the human body
  • Vitamins within different food groups
  • Minerals in food and their role within the human body
  • True and false statements about healthy eating
  • Balanced diet – the healthy food plate
  • Designing a healthy menu for one whole day
  • Keeping our teeth healthy
  • Calories of different foods

When all 10 activities are completed, and the children have gained the correct Code Keys from each activity, the teacher can read the final communication detailing how the children have been able to help the scientists to continue their important work.

Setting up the Escape Room

1. Children should be split into groups of no more than four and be placed in their own work space.

2. Access to IT and research materials should be provided to allow children to research answers to questions and review their own knowledge, as well as checking answers.

3. Each group should have a Code Key Booklet and decide on a team name

4. Read the Initial Message to the children to set the challenge in context. Discuss what this means, and what the activity entails.

5. Turn to Code Key 1. Agree with the children a set time to complete the problem in – this ensures that the children stay on task and maintains the Escape Room element of working under pressure.

6. At the end of the time, children should have filled in the Code Key in their booklet. The teacher can then check the accuracy of all the groups and talk through the responses the children should have.

7. Move on through the remaining challenges until all 10 have been completed.

8. For those groups who have been successful, they are then able to read the completed statement where they find out if they have escaped the Escape Room!

There are other ways of running Escape Room activities, for example, each activity could be set up on 10 tables and the children then move from table to table completing the activity. This would reduce the need for as many resources, and access to non-fiction sources and Internet Resources could then be targeted at specific Challenges.

The Escape Room should last for 2 hours.

We hope that your children enjoy this Escape Room.

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NGSS5-PS3-1
Use models to describe that energy in animals’ food (used for body repair, growth, motion, and to maintain body warmth) was once energy from the sun. Examples of models could include diagrams, and flow charts.
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