I've always wanted to try escape rooms in the classroom. They seem like such fun, I think learning while having fun is the best way!
The reason I have been reluctant to try escape rooms is, they seem so complicated. The set up, the execution and the marking all seemed like crazy amounts of work and energy.
The thought of locks and keys and boxes all seemed a little overwhelming, this was really putting me off. Then I realised I didn't really need all that. I could start small just use puzzles to solve and codes to crack. If I wanted to include physical locks and keys these could come later when I was more comfortable with the lesson.
This term I decided to be brave and create an escape room to teach children about the deforestation of the rainforest. This escape room used seven tasks, placed around the room. They don't need to be be discovered or solved in order, starting with a video that explains things about the rainforest, then they need to answer questions from the video.
Completing each task awards the team with a puzzle piece along with various clues that they need to solve the last puzzle. Solving the final puzzle can only be accomplished once all tasks have been completed. This last puzzle is their 'escape key'
It worked really well and the children loved it! The facts and ideas about deforestation were firmly embedded in the learning of the lesson.
If you are interested in creating escape rooms I can absolutely say they are worth the effort! Puzzles to create and use can be as simple as cutting a picture into puzzle pieces, creating ciphers to solve a phrase or giving the children some text and getting them to answer questions about the text.
It really is fun!
If creating all these puzzles and codes is not something you want to undertake, please check out my escape room lessons in my store.
Also if there is a topic you would like turned into an escape room please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. I would love to make some more!
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