Try an engaging and motivating activity in your classroom today! Escape Rooms are all the rage with adults, and they're gaining steam in elementary classrooms, as well. I love using these activities with my third and fourth grade students, especially in Social Studies. We condense a lot of review material into a short period of time, and the kids are constantly working. The collaboration you'll see while students work towards a common goal is terrific!
-A background story to read to students about their mission
-5 different activities, or clues, involving fun facts and puzzles about the Battles of Lexington and Concord, a reading passage with clues embedded within the text for students to figure out, different ciphers, and more.
-A final puzzle for students to complete after finishing all of their activities
-certificates of completion
-posters with visuals
-"I did it!" style posters for a group picture at the end
In my classroom, I love Escape Rooms. Usually, I break my students up into smaller groups and have 3-4 kids in each group, working on one clue together. If a group finishes early, they are expected to join another group to help the class be successful. When each group finishes their clue, they approach the teacher with the answers. The teacher checks them using the answer key, and then gives them a puzzle, which all of the groups will need to put together to figure out the final puzzle.