Have you ever tried an escape room activity for the classroom using locks, boxes, codes, and blacklights? While all of that sounds fun and engaging for students in theory; in reality, it can be very stressful for the teacher.
Setting it up and organizing the tasks, making sure that the locks are set correctly–all of this can be overwhelming. After we experienced this with our students, we decided to simplify the process. We came up with an escape room challenge that didn’t need any complicated props, but still had the same engagement for kids!
Read on to find out why you should do escape room challenges with your students and get a free escape room activity to use in your classroom!
Setting Up an Escape Room is Low-Prep
One of the things that we love about doing our escape rooms with students are that they are quick and easy to set up. All you need to setup an escape room activity for the classroom is a printer and occasionally a few supplies. Each breakout game starts by setting the stage with the mission or mystery. Then students need to work collaboratively to solve 4 or 5 challenges.
Students Are Motivated to Learn
These challenges are cross-curricular and allow students to practice many different skills, including critical thinking. Each time they solve a challenge they get closer to “breaking out”. You can feel the energy and excitement in the classroom as the students are working. They are willing to put more effort towards answering questions and solving problems because they want to complete the challenge.
See what this educator said about one of our escape room challenges:
“My students LOVED this activity!!! I loved it too because it was a great review of math fact fluency, elapsed time, word problems, and reading a grid with directions. I think the best part of it was that my kids really had to critically think when doing the activities. For example the elapsed time clue didn’t just tell them who it was they had to determine who had enough time to commit the crime. Very, very well put together! I’ll be looking for more of these types of activities from this seller.”
Students Love a Themed Activity
Many of our escape room challenges have a theme from boot camp to football to the secret agent one below. It’s fun to really play up the theme by decorating or dressing up. You can also look for other activities with the same theme and have a classroom transformation day. The students will be super excited to learn about anything that you present to them and it will be a day they won’t forget!
Digital Breakout Games Can Also Be Engaging
When we switched to remote learning, we wanted to continue the fun of the breakout games that our students loved so much, so we made digital versions. We found that the digital escape rooms work well even with in person learning. The students can still have the excitement of completing the challenges while working on the computer at their own pace.
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If you are looking for escape room challenges for the whole year, check out the Escape Room Bundle or Digital Escape Room Bundle below.
These escape rooms are a great way to get students engaged, build teamwork, and review information. We hope your students love completing these challenges as much as ours do!
Find out more about our Boot Camp breakout game in the blog post below.