Have you been to The Escape Room yet? My students are crazy about it. You're basically locked in a room and have a certain amount of time to solve a bunch of puzzles in order to find the key to get out. Well, I decided to turn my classroom into that experience. And...it was the event of the day!
Don't you love it when you hear kids talk about how fun your class was? This lesson, FIRST 2 ESCAPE, got that response. Did it require a lot of planning? Yes. Did I have to have very specific classroom management expectations in place? Yes. Was it worth it? Yes.
My classes are currently reviewing for the state standardized tests. Each day, we review a different topic. The standards have all been taught and now we are just refreshing our memories over certain content. Today's lesson was over the periodic table. Just like my students, I get bored looking over practice test questions. For our review, we spend most of our time competing. We have individual competitions each day and group competitions. The First 2 Escape lesson is a group competition. Which group can escape the classroom first? I awarded SEVEN points to the winning group, because I have seven groups in my classroom. Second place received six points and so on. The day before the state test, the winning group gets a reward. It's super easy to keep up with group points each day.
INTRODUCTION: There is a potential gas leak in the classroom and you must escape before it's too late!
Here's how it went...for the most part:
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