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 Thanksgiving escape room, students will learn about the Pilgrims’ voyage to the New World, the landing at Plymouth Rock, and life in Plymouth Colony including help received from the nearby Native Americans. After mysteriously turning into Pilgrims, the students’ mission is to open 5 locks to make it out of Plymouth Colony and get back home by Thanksgiving. As the timer counts down (suggested time is 45 minutes), participants will encounter five challenges where they will interact with primary sources from the Library of Congress, on-line articles, a map, and a short video. Links to these resources are hidden in pictures 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. During remote learning, students can work independently at home. At school, 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 or Canvas, emailed, or copied and pasted. 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 to the Thanksgiving Escape Room
· instructions for use
· solutions for the challenges, including location of the hidden links
·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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