St. Patrick's Day Escape Room - Leveled Reading Comprehension passages (4th/5th)

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Are you looking to engage your students with non-fiction and fiction texts about Ireland while practicing reading comprehension? This Escape Room will do the trick! Students will read an Irish legend, a fairy tale, non-fiction texts about places in Ireland and a biography. The comprehension questions cover important comprehension skills like point of view, character traits, using text evidence to support inferences, and theme.

This is perfect for St. Patrick's Day, a study of Ireland, a biography unit, or anytime you want your students to practice reading comprehension. Students will love the real photos, ciphers, puzzles, rhymes and rollicking adventure in this digital Escape Room. You will love how easy it is to use!

The adventure begins.... It's a warm spring day, the class is studying Ireland, and suddenly, you find yourself at the Giant's Causeway in Ireland! The leprechaun leaves you a rhyme letting you know you will only go home if you learn about Ireland and solve the riddles, ciphers and puzzles along the way!

This Escape Room will hook your kids, and they'll be practicing reading comprehension without even realizing it! There are three sections.

The First Section

The first section sets up the story about and the quest that they must complete to return home with a fun rhyme. Students read a two-page story called The Giant's Causeway and answer comprehension questions about it. The cipher used is the Pigpen Cipher.

The Second Section

In the second section, students read The Harp and the Leprechaun King, and answer more comprehension questions. They must solve a riddle to move to the next section.

The Third Section

The third section has a biography about St. Patrick with comprehension questions and a vocabulary puzzle. Students need to complete the puzzle and integrate their results with information found in three informational post cards about castles in Ireland. If they succeed, they will travel to the correct castle, gather the final object and go home! Want to see the quality of the texts? Download St. Patrick's biography as a FREEBIE!

This is marked as I for Intermediate because the the codes and riddles require background knowledge in addition to the information provided (for example, students need to know what a shamrock is). The text level and standards are on grade level for 4th and 5th grades.

These are self-grading! All of the questions are self-checking and receive instant feedback. You will also be able to look at student responses individually or whole class. You'll love how easy this makes planning and grading, and your students will love the fun craziness of escaping from the lab!

Perfect for a flipped classroom, a sub day or a no-prep, easy lesson for you!


For more St. Patrick's Day fun, check out:

Limericks by Edward Lear - Poetry Task Cards and Activity Sheets in both Google Slides and PDF!

St. Patrick - Missionary to Ireland - FREEBIE!

Leprechaun Mystery Picture - Division Facts - BOOM Cards

And be sure to check out my growing collection of Escape Rooms! Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, holidays.....


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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).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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