This Halloween digital escape room presents students with 5 challenges and on-line hints to help solve them. 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. They present students with a fun, authentic reason to do close reading, since clues often need to be read multiple times to be successful. Digital escape rooms do NOT need any of the set up or materials but are just as much fun. They can be used in the classroom, in a lab, or for distance learning. There is no real preparation on the teacher's part and no papers to run off.
After being accidentally locked in a haunted house, the students’ mission is to solve 5 challenges in order to be set free. As the timer counts down (suggested time is 45 minutes), participants in this Halloween Escape Room will encounter an on-line Halloween-themed jigsaw puzzle; titles of works by Edgar Allen Poe; a math problem based on a short article explaining the bones in the body; an alphabet code made up of 26 different ghost figures; and a video explaining the origin of the jack-o'-lantern. Links to these resources are hidden in photographs 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 individually, in pairs, or in small groups to solve the puzzles. They can be used in school or as a remote assignment. (Note: Please be sure that your school district allows access to Google Sites! Each group will need a desktop computer, Chromebook, ipad, or other device that can access the Internet. Some of the links require access to YouTube, so please be sure your device can access these before purchasing.) 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 for easy scanning. 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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