Using an Escape Room to develop curriculum knowledge is an exciting activity that will inspire learners from 2nd Grade to 5th Grade.
The curriculum content of this Escape Room is linked to:
- Word building skills, language
- Maths – Multiplication, Sequencing numbers, 2D Shape Properties
- Problem Solving –sequencing, word search, crosswords
Oh no! Your students find themselves left behind in Santa’s workshop in the North Pole after a family trip to visit Santa and their family left them behind after returning home! The only way to return home is to earn 10 Christmas Code Keys to pay for their seat on Santa’s Sleigh on Christmas Eve to deliver them safely home along with all the presents to the millions of children around the world!
The aim of this Escape Room is to provide jeopardy for the children to work under pressure to solve 10 Challenges helping Santa to prepare for his Christmas deliveries. They must correctly solve the 10 Challenges to collect the 10 Christmas Code Keys. If they do this, they will earn their seat on the sleigh and be able to return home to their families – just in time to celebrate Christmas.
Resources included in this product are:
- Code Key Booklet for students
- Answer Key Booklet for teachers
- Resource Pack to run this Escape Room
- Full instructions to set up and run a successful Escape Room
- Table Name Labels for Escape Room teams
After each challenge, the Escape Room will move the children on until they have completed all 10 challenges.
Before beginning this Escape Room, you will need to prepare the following resources (all of the resources are included within this product):
- A copy of the Pupil Workbook for each group
- A copy of the Answer Booklet to check the children’s work
- Initial Starting Script sharing the problem to the children
- Completion Script celebrating the completion of the challenge
- Group Table Labels (9 included)
Once the resources are prepared – you are ready to go on this adventure with your children!
Setting up and running the Escape Room
The Escape Room should begin with the children being put into groups of four. For home learning, the activity can be done in isolation or with other children at home. Within the classroom, four is a good collaborative number as five is too many, three can often gang up on one another and two is not always collaborative enough.
Each group is given a Code Key Booklet and they should think of a team name. They can then write their team name on their Code Key Booklet. They must not look inside the booklet until the Escape Room starts.
Each group decides on a space to work. They should then be given a Team Name Table Label and add their name to the label.
Pens and pencils are the only resources the children will need.
The children are now ready for the activity.
Start by telling the children that they should not look ahead to other activities, other than the one they are working on.
Read the Starting Script – this explains to the children what has happened and what they must do:
- Solve 10 Challenges to move through the Escape Room story and,
- Collect the 10 Christmas Keys in order to claim their seat on Santa’s sleigh in order to get home safely on Christmas Eve in time for Christmas!
With the children, decide on a time limit for each of the challenges. Once the time is up, answers can be checked, and the teams can move onto the next challenge. Some challenges are much longer than others – so at the start of each of the different challenges, it would be a good idea to review the timings – especially Challenges 1 and 10 which take a long time (10 minutes minimum for these two).
At the start of each Challenge, it is useful for the children to read the challenge on their own, and then the teacher to read it with them to ensure they understand what they are expected to do. It also means that any questions can be answered at this point.
As the children progress through the challenges, they are able to go back and work through previous challenges to complete them – but they must not move forwards.
What follows are 10 challenges which the children must solve to discover the code to move onto the next activity.
The 10 activities are based on the following outcomes:
- Word Search to find 25 Christmas themed words – along with an extra hidden word
- Sorting Children’s letters – they come in all shapes and sizes and the players must decide the shape of the letter and put it in the correct post bag for Santa to read
- Preparing the presents – how many different sequences can the players come up with for four different colored teddy bears?
- Solving math questions with addition and multiplication (including tens x tens, hundreds + hundreds, grams and kilograms)
- Using Alphabet blocks – how many four or more lettered words can the children make using the letters only once?
- Stacking bricks – how many bricks have the elves used to make each 3D structure?
- Sequencing toy trains – which train has the least value based on the math question? Which train has the highest value based on the math question? Solve each of the 10 trains and then sequence the trains from lowest value to highest value (multiplying three single or two digit numbers together)
- Find the reindeers who have lost their magic keys for flying
- Deliver the correct present to the correct child
- Crossword – solve the 15 questions to identify the correct answers and complete the crossword.
When all 10 activities are completed, and the children have gained the correct Code Keys from each activity, the teacher can read the final communication which congratulates the teams on their hard work, discusses their outcomes and ensures they get home safely!
This Christmas Escape Room should last for at least 2 hours.
We hope that your children enjoy this Escape Room and builds the excitement of this “most wonderful time of the year!”
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