This digital escape room about U. S. presidents presents students with views of Mount Rushmore, an overview of the sequence of presidents, and virtual tours of four presidential homes: George Washington's, Thomas Jefferson's, Theodore Roosevelt's, and Abraham Lincoln's. Escape rooms allow for learning at its best; the engagement and excitement of solving problems while trying to beat the clock make learning an adventure. Digital escape rooms do NOT need any of the set up or materials but are just as much fun. There is no real preparation on the teacher's part and no papers to run off.
In this presidential escape room, students will find themselves touring Mount Rushmore with their families. After falling into a trap door on Lincoln's beard, students are challenged to solve 5 problems in order to find their way out. As the timer counts down (suggested time is 45 minutes), participants will encounter five historical pictures where they will be taken on virtual tours of the presidential home sites and asked to open five locks by figuring out the clues. Links to these resources are hidden in the photos for students to discover. Each clue is written in rhyme to add to the enjoyment and to give the sense of a true treasure hunt.
This escape room was created in Google Sites. Students can work in pairs or small groups to solve the puzzles. (Note: Each group will need a desktop computer, Chromebook, ipad, or other device that can access the Internet.) The link to the escape room site can be assigned in Google Classroom, emailed, copied and pasted, or typed in. A QR code is also included. Answers to each “lock” are typed into a Google Form, which tells them immediately if their answer is correct so they can move on to the next challenge.
This PDF includes:
· the link and a QR code for the Escape Room
· instructions/suggestions for use
· solutions for the challenges, including location of the hidden links in each photo
· 4 congratulatory signs that can be printed if you want students who successfully escape to hold them and pose for “victory photos.”
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My kids had fun with this and enjoyed the virtual tours.