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This Valentine's lockbox activity will engage and challenge your students, while building teamwork and developing critical thinking skills.
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PLEASE NOTE: Lock boxes (1 large and 1 small) and locks are required for this activity. Please see the preview for pictures of the locks needed. You will not be able to use this resource without the following supplies.
1. large lock box with latch
2. small lock box with latch
3. hasp (or other method for attaching locks to box)
4. 5-letter lock
5. 4 digit number lock
6. key lock
7. 3 digit number lock
8. directional lock
9. 4-letter lock
10. invisible ink pen
11. UV flashlight
The students may also need access to a computer (Chromebook, iPad, etc) that has Internet access in order to find a Roman numerals chart.
A color printer will be needed for many of the printable pages in this resource.
In this Lockbox Challenge, students will need to break into a box to save Valentine's Day.
Freddy Hartman is having trouble focusing on his schoolwork. It's Valentine's Day, and all he can think about is the ice cream sundae party that his mom helped the teacher plan for this afternoon. All of Freddy's classmates are so excited, because he told them all about the ice cream flavors and candy toppings. Luckily, the party starts in an hour. The only problem is that Mrs. Hartman, Freddy's mom, is sitting on the side of the road with a flat tire! She might not get to school in time for the party, and the ice cream will melt. She needs your help to get a can of Fix-a-Flat out of the locked glove compartment. Act quick before Valentine's Day is ruined!
There are 6 different challenges included in this resource. Each task will require logical reasoning and critical thinking skills. All the printable materials for each task are included, with an easy-to-read reference sheet that outlines the lock codes and setup for each challenge. The following challenges are included:
1. Coordinate Hearts- Students must search for heart puzzle pieces and then match them up to make ordered pairs for a coordinate grid. Once the points are located on the grid, they will have five letters to unscramble to form a word that opens the 5-letter lock.
2. Valentine Dominos- Students will solve four (3 digit x 1 digit) multiplication problems and fill in the missing numbers in each problem, using dominos. Then, they will plug in those dominos to one last problem that will reveal the code for the 4 digit number lock.
3. Mail Mixup- Students will match up Roman numerals on valentines to numbers on mailboxes. Then, they will put the Roman numeral cards in order from greatest to least and use a UV flashlight to read a secret message that reveals the hiding location of the key for the key lock.
4. Candy Conundrum- Students will think critically to identify the value of three types of chocolate candy. Then, they will plug in these values to a second problem involving addition, multiplication, and order of operations. The answer to this problem is the code for the 3 digit number lock.
5. Poem Puzzler- Students must fill in the missing words to a popular poem and then use those words, combined with picture clues, to figure out the code for the directional lock.
6. Sweet Confusion- Students will find six candy conversation heart cards and then use the color coded heart clue to line them up and form a sentence that explains how to open the 4-letter lock.
Answer keys are included for each challenge.
The initial setup of a Lockbox Challenge is a bit of a time investment, but I have worked hard to make it as easy as possible for you with detailed directions that include pictures. Once the challenges are set up and the locks are in place, you will be amazed by the level of engagement, degree of teamwork, and problem solving that unfolds. This makes it all worth while. :-)
Reward certificates (in black line or color) are included to place inside the box.
Thank you for considering my Valentine's Lockbox Challenge!
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