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4 free escape room ideas for the classroom


by Anna Whiteley
on July 5, 2018

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Escape rooms are all the rage. They consist of a challenge that allows you to work together to solve a variety of puzzles in order to “break out” of a room. Demanding an exciting mix of problem solving, team building and critical thinking skills, they provide a fresh and exciting way to introduce or review concepts. Now, creative teachers are adapting this style of activity into their curriculum. We’ve rounded up our favourite free escape room ideas for the classroom so you and your class can channel your inner Indiana Jones whilst learning.

Escape the mummy’s tomb – this escape room plan takes your class on a tour the great pyramids of Egypt. They must solve a series of fun challenges based on reading comprehension which will require a variety of skills. See how it’s done.

Teacher takeover – ‘English teacher to take over the world!’ What will your class think when they read that headline? A wicked teacher plans to send all students to boarding schools in Iceland all year round and they must be the ones to stop it by solving a series of puzzles. Find out more.

Figurative language escape room – Your class must solve a series of riddles around figurative language to escape the classroom. You can see a video of this challenge in action and this creative teacher has even shared all his poems and clues used in the video too.

Operation Bletchley 1945 – This is perfect for a World War 2 topic. Students are then encouraged to engineer their escape by finding mission slips and completing the tasks to crack to code of the lock. Discover how it works.

Read more about escape rooms in the classroom and how they raise engagement and let us know on Twitter @HeyPobble if you give any of these ideas a try!

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