DON’T KEEP CALM, RUN!!!!! THE ZOMBIES ARE COMING! Your class is trying to escape the Zombie Apocalypse before it is too late. They must use their math skills to escape before the zombies arrive.
This is similar to a scavenger hunt where the students will be moving around the room and looking for clues to gain the supplies they need to survive the zombie apocalypse. The survival need categories are food, drink, first aid, cooking supplies, clothing, sleeping needs, and a survival tool.
To gain the supplies, students will need to solve math problems. At each station, students will find different math problems that they must solve to determine what supply to get out of the supply bag at each station. When they answer each problem at a station they receive a letter that they then have to scramble to form the word of the supply that is in the bag (ex. Oepr= rope and they have to go into the bag and pull out the picture of a rope). All of the stations’ answers will match one of the items’ picture in the supply bag. If the answers do not match, they will not get the correct supply needed to survive.
Start by splitting your class into groups of two or three. Make sure each group has a calculator and a brown paper bag for their supplies.
To start the game, the groups are at different stations. Once the students have solved their problems and cracked the code, they will get the supply they need out of the bag at the station. Once they have finished at one station, they will move to another. Only one group can be at a station at a time. Once the students have gone to each station, they show their survival bag to the teacher. The teacher will check the supplies they have in the bag to see if they are correct. If the students to do not have the correct answers, they will have to go back to the stations and check their work. If the students have the correct answer, they will receive a pass to escape the room. In our case, they escaped to our Instructional Specialist’s office and she gave them candy and took their picture in a photo booth.
It is very important for students to do this activity quietly, because they do not want the other groups to hear them and escape the room before them.
In addition, to ensure that students are not standing around waiting for stations, we had multiple identical stations around the room. This helped avoid potential problems.
Decorations and atmosphere are key! There was a lot of caution tape, washable paint, and black paper used. We even had a zombie footprint trail that connected the math classes in the hallway. We kept the rooms dark and gave students flash lights and glow sticks to use; we also played scary music.