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Give your students the gift of some serious cross-curricular fun in the days leading up to Christmas break! This escape room, adapted to Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem "The Night Before Christmas", offers students ten tricky tasks to keep them engaged in a race against time. Should they fail, Santa might leave them coal instead of gifts!
This resource has 26 pages with everything you'll need to create an exciting, memorable holiday escape room:
- Teacher introduction, prep guide, and implementation instructions
- Working Google Form link for added "escape" factor
- Student welcome sheet, answer/unlock sheet, and reflection sheet
- Ten escape room clues
- Colorful, unique materials and tasks
- Two-page answer key
The student tasks are primarily ELA-based, but a little bit of geographical awareness, basic math, higher-order critical thinking skills, deduction, and internet research will also be needed. Provide hints at your own discretion! Here's the breakdown:
1. Students will assemble a puzzle of the USA on which five locations are labeled. They must locate the author's birthplace and solve a simple equation.
2. Students will match story vocabulary terms to find a hidden message.
3. Students will complete part of a missing picture by coloring symmetrically; this reveals a poetry term they must count within the text.
4. Using a grid, students must connect plot points in chronological order using arrows.
5. After coloring by number to reveal a figurative language term, students must find all the examples in the text.
6. Internet research will unveil names for Santa Claus around the world, and via process of elimination, students must tackle a word search to find the missing answer.
7. Students will scour the text for Christmas-related terms to solve a crossword puzzle, gaining another hidden message.
8. Alphabetizing key names in the story, students will unscramble another clue.
9. Close reading multiple choice questions will reveal a coded answer.
10. Solving a cryptogram using clues scattered throughout the escape materials will lead students to a final internet search to answer one more question.
If this doesn't get your kids through the insane time before Christmas break starts, I don't know what will!