Thursday, July 21, 2016

Classroom Escape Room (Review Game)

I am obsessed with escape rooms! They are so much fun! I wish that I could do one every day. On my spring break trip to Atlanta I was able to do three in one day and it was super exhilarating!

Before my state test I decided that I wanted to do a fun review game for my kids and decided to try my hand at an escape room. It took a lot of trial and error, but it was a MASSIVE success. I decided to share my escape room plans with you as best as I can in case you want to try something similar in your classroom.

Step 1: The days leading up to the escape room I rolled a suitcase around with me (You will see why)

Step 2: I broke the students into four groups

Step 3: I created a newspaper article that informed students that I was taking over the world and handed one out to each group.

Step four: I hid a card in my miniature file cabinet that said, "Don't just stand there in limbo, take a look in the classroom window."

Step five: The first set of clues to decipher that opened the Word Lock was hidden behind a book in the window.

 Step six: Inside of Lock #1was the POV clues

Step seven: Inside of Lock #2 was a set of UV flashlights and 4 pieces of seemingly blank paper. Once the UV lights were turned on students will find a number on each of their pieces of paper. This opened the lockbox. 

Step eight: Inside the lock box was four ziplock bags with puzzle pieces and a short story for each of the groups. The students need to read the short story and then put together their puzzle. One of the puzzles will have the correct symbol answer written in UV pen, the other three will be distractors with penalties.

Step nine: Each group will get a reading passage with multiple choice questions. Once they finish the passages, if they answered the questions correctly they will get their groups number to contribute to the final lock box. 

Step ten: Students open the suitcase and thwart my takeover!

Some pictures of my students completing the tasks


Supplies I used (Click on the pictures)

(3 boxes) 


  1. Do you have the reading passages assignment? When I click on the link, it takes me to the same one as the symbolism assignment.

  2. I love this! I would also love the reading passages. I'm excited to try this! Thanks!

  3. This is an absolutely awesome idea! We're tweaking this for our kids for a reward activity. Thank you so much!

  4. What an awesome idea! Love it!

  5. Amazing! Your students are really lucky to have you.

  6. I'm doing this! Any ideas on where I can buy this stuff?

    1. Click on the pictures to be taken to the products I used on Amazon.

  7. Genuine room escape recreations are a kind of physical enterprise amusement in which individuals are secured a room (or more) with different members and need to utilize components of the space to understand a progression of buy escape rooms, discover pieces of information, and departure the room inside a set time limit.

  8. How wonderful!!!!! I teach Grade 3 but... you've inspired me. :) Well done, well done!

  9. This is so stinkin' cool!! I have been wanting to use the Breakout idea in my 7th grade ELA class and you've given me even more inspiration to try it out! What ideas do you guys have for tying this to writing tasks? Thank you so much!

  10. I can't quite figure out the figurative language answers... on two of the groups, you have clues as the "last number" rather than the last letter. Is this a typo, or is there something I'm missing? Thanks!

  11. You are awesome! I'm going to look into creating one for my students..... Lot easier since they're in elementary/ middle school. Thanks for inspiration!