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When your students' heads are filled with Christmas spirit and they singing Christmas carols you need a way to keep them engaged. This resource is the perfect way to maintain learning during the busy holiday season. This 'unlock the box' event will keep kids busy solving math problems, plotting a path through a maze, and completing a word search puzzle. Everything you need is provided - including a way to complete the tasks without real locks! They will have such fun and practice skills at the same time!
An Escape room is a puzzle game in which students solve riddles and puzzles and find clues to finish tasks. In this Escape Room students solve puzzles to open locked boxes.
For all three tasks, students will use a Letter Wheel and its code to solve a puzzle. The code changes for each task.
For all three of these tasks, students use the initial clue they find to search for a second clue. That second clue gives them the code to use on the Letter Wheel which will solve another puzzle. All of this leads to unlocking a box to receive the next task. Don't worry - the teacher's guide includes a photo step-by-step sequence of how the puzzles are solved- as well as step-by-step directions for preparation.
So, what do you need? 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 toolbox, 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.
Included in the Escape Room file of this resource, you will find:
In addition: hint cards for each task, an alternative locking system (made of paper), STEM Challenge information section, certificates to award students completing the task, one extra Christmas poster (just for fun), black and white versions of all posters and pages provided in color.
File 2 contains the STEM Challenge! The challenge is to build a sleigh that will carry toys down a zip line. This is a STEM Quick Challenge that can be set up and used in a short amount of time (45 minutes for the activity).
The STEM Challenge file specifically contains:
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One more thing to note: The Escape Room event can be completed in 30-45 minutes. The addition of the STEM Challenges will add an extra class session of at least 45 minutes.
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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!)