Escape rooms make a fun change of pace for middle school learners and can reinforce critical thinking skills and teach how to work cooperatively, as well as reviewing academic information.
This Thanksgiving Escape Room, which has both digital and non-digital versions, givers students a chance to read and make inferences about the poem "Thanksgiving" by Edgar A Guest. In addition, students can practice research skills by finding facts related to Pilgrims on the Internet, they can hone spatial skills by piecing together a jigsaw puzzle, then interpreting the clues, and they can read a short introductory passage for background information and dig a little deeper into the language to find clues to a directional puzzle.
Students are motivated by a challenge, making this the perfect activity for the week before Thanksgiving, when attention begins to wane. In addition, students can work in groups, so a beginning English language learner can still participate by assembling the jigsaw puzzle and doing other non-verbal tasks, while more fluent English speakers can read aloud the poem and debate the answers to the comprehension questions.
If your students enjoyed this activity, please check out my other escape rooms:
Digital/Print ESCAPE ROOM/ Dia de los Muertos Informational Text and Activities
DIGITAL/PRINT VETERANS DAY ESCAPE ROOM with Informational Text