This Christmas digital escape room presents students with 5 challenges and some on-line hints to help solve them. The premise is based on the classic Christmas movie Home Alone." It presents students with a fun, authentic reason to do close reading, since clues often need to be read multiple times to be successful. It also requires math skills related to patterns, fractions, and simple algebra. 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. 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 left home alone while the family drives off to Grandma's house, the students’ mission is to solve 5 challenges in order to be unlock the security system so Santa can come. As the timer counts down (suggested time is 45 minutes), participants in this Christmas Escape Room will need to hang the lights on the house, put up and decorate the tree, write out the Christmas cards, bake the cookies, and wrap the gifts. Each of these tasks requires problem solving. Links to helpful resources are hidden in some 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 challenges. 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. One 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 or Canvas, 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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