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# Math Escape Room Activity

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Grade Level Grades 3-5
Resource Type Activity, Lesson Plan

## About This Lesson

Subjects

• Math

Time

• 30-60 minutes

Skills

• Collaboration
• Logical Reasoning
• Problem-solving

Learning Objective/Goal:

• Apply mathematical concepts to solve problems.
• Develop teamwork and collaboration skills.
• Enhance logical thinking and reasoning abilities.
• Solve puzzles and challenges to complete a task with peers

Materials Needed:

• Envelopes or folders for clues
• Whiteboard and markers
• Scratch paper and pencils
• Math worksheets with problems related to the clues
• Timer
• Optional: Reward for completion (certificates, candy, etc.)

Background

• This scavenger hunt is designed to take place on school grounds where students can have a break from the classroom, while still practicing their math skills. It can be easily modified based on location, duration (adding or taking away tasks), and students' current level.

Activity

Setup:

• Read the prompts and modify them to fit your situation
• Print out the clues and place them around the room - they can be in creative spots but students must be able to find them
• Optional: Decorate the room based on the scenario, or add a physical lock for them to solve or break out of
• decide how much time students get to “break out” and have a timer ready.

Introduction (5 minutes):

• Hook: Present a scenario where the students are "locked" in a room and must solve math problems to escape.
• Explain: The rules and objectives of the breakout room.
• Optional: Divide students into small groups (3-4 per group) or allow them to work together as a whole group.
• Present the instruction slide on the board.
• Start the timer.

Breakout Session:

• Students will engage in solving segments of the code, likely making notes on scratch paper.
• If students encounter challenges that hinder their progress, they may exhibit frustration, potentially disrupting others or expressing annoyance.
• Upon collecting all components of the code, students attempt to unlock the designated lockbox. Successfully opening it signifies their breakout from the room.
• Distribute rewards as applicable.

Debrief:

• Review the solutions to the mathematical problems collectively.
• Assist students in resolving any lingering difficulties.
• Have a class discussion to reflect on the experience, highlighting positive aspects and identifying areas for potential improvement.

Extra

Tips for Students:

• Communicate effectively with your team.
• Even if you encounter challenging problems, maintain a positive attitude and keep trying. Persistence often pays off in problem-solving activities.
• Double-check your work to avoid simple mistakes.
• Stay Focused: Concentrate on one problem at a time. If you get stuck, take a moment to re-read the problem or discuss possible strategies with your group.

Tips for Teachers:

• Ensure each station is well-organized and the clues are clear.
• Monitor the groups to provide hints if they are struggling too much.
• Incorporate elements from other subjects, such as science or history, into the riddles.

Extensions:

• Create more advanced problems for students to solve, such as multi-step problems or word problems
• Use tablets or computers to provide digital clues and problems.
• Incorporate more complex logic puzzles that require critical thinking and pattern recognition.
• Design clues that require input from multiple stations or groups to solve a final challenge.

## Resources

Files

Math Escape Room.pdf

Lesson Plan
June 25, 2024
1.57 MB

Math Escape Room Presentation.pdf

Activity
July 2, 2024
1.32 MB
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