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If you are looking for a beginning of the year Escape Room experience for your elementary students, this is perfect! An Escape room is a puzzle game in which students solve riddles and puzzles and find clues to finish tasks. In this Quest, students solve puzzles to open locked boxes. This challenge was designed for third, fourth, and fifth graders.
For the first task, students will match word cards to categories. (The word cards and categories are all about school!) The word cards will give them sets of letters to fill into shaded boxes. After getting all the letters in place, students will unscramble them to spell a 2-word phrase. This will send them to get the lock code clue and open the first box.
For the second task, students will complete a math puzzler to find the lock code. This involves completing 6 problems and following the directions to fill in puzzle tables. By finding the correct answers and filling in the tables correctly students will determine the three digits for the lock code.
For the third task, students have a secret code to use in deciphering a secret message. This gives them the lock code numbers to open the final box. This task is provided in two versions. Version 1 has a secret message that will have students multiplying numbers to discover the lock code. Version 2 has a secret message that mentions a specific kind of candy and the lock code will be found on the candy wrapper. AND, the secret message is included in an editable format so you can create your own message.
BUT there is MORE! This resource also includes a STEM Challenge! You can use the challenge as a stand-alone project or use it with the Escape Room. The task for students is to design and build a representation of your classroom rules. It's a fabulous team-building challenge that will also help everyone learn your rules.
You will need three number locks for this quest. Directions are included to use this set without these locks! You will also need three boxes. This can be a plastic or metal tool box, but any box will work- even a cardboard box! Directions and photos are included for how to set up the boxes and locks or how to use a version without locks. You do not need 3 boxes and 3 locks per group! It’s three boxes and three locks for the entire class.
This resource includes five files.
File 1 includes the Escape Room- which has-
File 2 in this resource has an editable version of the secret message.
File 3 has a set of four motivational posters for your classroom.
File 4 has the STEM Challenge- which includes-
File 5 has the STEM forms in an editable format.
One more thing to note: The escape room event can be completed in 30-45 minutes and the STEM Challenge in about 30-45 more minutes -if your students are familiar with this type of format. If this is your first Escape Room/Quest it may take a little longer.
YOUR PREP: Print papers for the three tasks. This includes a puzzle sheet, a math paper, and a secret message paper. A word card set also needs to printed and cut apart. Labels for all three boxes are printed and cut out. There are many miscellaneous items that you can choose to print if you like. You will also need to prep for the STEM Challenge.
The total page count fort his download is 69 + the editable file.
After many years as a classroom teacher I made a big leap to a specialist's job. I became a STEM Lab Specialist in 2013 and quickly discovered I had no resources. I literally started from scratch creating my own lessons for 17 classes of third, fourth, and fifth graders. It was slightly overwhelming. Okay, a lot overwhelming! After several months of creating new STEM resources for my classes I really felt that my lessons could be a lifesaver for busy teachers - like you! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and store. Look around- I know you will find something that will suit your class perfectly!
"As always, with this resource you provided a comprehensive, user friendly, and truly awesome product! My students were beyond excited to try this challenge. Thank you for creating another slam dunk activity!"
Resource Creator & Teacher
Have you always known you were going to be a teacher? I sure have! I grew up in Germany and can still remember playing school with our neighbors that only spoke German. Somehow, kids can play even when they cannot understand each other. My dream to be a teacher continued right into high school and I really thought I would teach upper level math. But, you know, something about working in an elementary school just kept enticing me in that direction. I have taught third, fourth, and fifth grade and I'm now a STEM Specialist. I have two adult children and three fur babies. I love reading and cats and coffee and getting up early. My husband and I are slowly checking off visits to all the places on our bucket list. (Australia we are headed your way soon!)