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Winter Olympics History DIGITAL Escape Room: Amazing Race Breakout

Katie Surly
Grade Levels
3rd - 6th
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Internet Activities
  • Webquests
  • Google Apps™
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  1. Take your students on adventures of a lifetime with 7 totally paperless digital escape rooms! Two new breakouts have already been added in 2020! Two more breakouts will be posted this spring. Purchase now before the price increases! ALL YOU WILL NEED TO DO IS REDOWNLOAD WHEN THE NEW FILES ARE AD
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Your students' applications have been selected to participate in the Winter Olympics edition of The Amazing Race! They will complete challenges in this completely PAPERLESS adventure to learn about the history of the Winter Olympic Games around the world and reach the ultimate destination, the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

Note: Now that the Opening Ceremony is over, the congratulations message at the end of the Google Form is updated to say "You made it to the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games!" in the fun image (instead of the destination being the Opening Ceremony).

If you are familiar with Breakout EDU, this is a digital escape room that is completely PAPERLESS! (Some students may want to use scratch paper to write down a cipher, but that doesn't count!) CHECK OUT THE VIDEO PREVIEW NOW UPLOADED!

5 things to love about this Google Form Escape Room:

1. NO-PREP! There is nothing to print, cut, laminate, clues to hide, or locks to set. Everything is ready for your students right in the form!

2. Students encounter a newspaper article about their adventure, receipt from their next plane ticket to find clues, full color photos with the text, multiple ciphers to decode, and more.

3. This digital escape room can be used with computers, chrome books, OR iPads.

4. A detailed answer key is included, along with tips of how I use digital breakouts in my classroom.

5. You can share the escape room link via Google Classroom, SeeSaw or other class communication app, OR there is a QR code provided for your students to access it on their devices. All you need is the internet and one device per pair or group. (You DO NOT need Google logins!)

Students have to read the content about each Winter Olympics to answer the questions and use critical thinking skills to solve the puzzles and unlock the codes. There are clues to help them unlock each section of the Google Form and advance to the next country like "The Amazing Race”. Once they successfully reach South Korea, they will see a fun congratulations message! Who will be the first to arrive? Will they make it in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics?

The teacher pdf includes 9 pages. The digital escape room will take students an average of 45 minutes to 1 hr and 30 minutes to complete. Some students may take longer or shorter depending on ability levels, but there are 13 sections of content about the history of the Winter Olympic Games to unlock and 7 countries to visit on their Amazing Race journey. The answer key is two pages long and includes extra hints you can choose to give your students that are not in the escape room form.

Note: This is not an editable form. Unlike other quizzes or surveys your students may have taken in Google Forms, students MUST get the answer correct before advancing to the next question and section. All results are the same because of the answer validation function in the escape room! Students do NOT need a Google account and student names are not collected. If students “breakout” or “escape”, they not only finished each section but got every answer correct because students CANNOT advance to the next section without the exact answer.

Please make sure your district does not have Google Forms blocked as no refunds will be given because of this. Thanks for understanding. You do not need Google logins, but you will need access to Google Forms with the provided link.

This was designed for students to work in groups, but it can definitely work with distance learning as a fun activity if you provide supports!

Here are a few tips for using it in distance learning:

Depending on your grade and student abilities, I recommend:

1. Emailing parents the answer key to help if their child gets stuck since you aren't there in person to provide hints if needed. This would help avoid any frustrations since they aren't able to collaborate as a group as it's designed.

2. Encourage students to do the activity when you have live 'office hours' or a live Google Meet to answer questions in Google Classroom or your classroom share tool. Remember this is a fun breakout activity, and not an assignment you would take a grade for so this should relieve any pressure on families!! Please make sure this is clear.

3. Some of you have told me that you've done this as a class together in a Zoom or Google Meet. I love hearing this! Many of you have utilized breakout groups for this so students can still work together and it has been successful!

4. If you want to know they participated, on the last page have them discuss 3 things they learned with their group or family OR send you 3 things they learned in the comments. You could also have them take a screenshot of the form page they ended on when the time was up or show you their screen like you would in the classroom. Again, this is a fun activity for collaboration, critical thinking, and building content knowledge but shouldn't be counted as a grade if they don't break out the first time!


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Thanks for your purchase- If your class has completed the escape room, I'd love to hear your feedback! Tag me in any photos on social media @katiesurly !

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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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