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Mrs. Stone from Martinsburg WV is requesting classroom basics through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

ESCAPE: Encouraging Student Creativity, Adventure, Problem Solving, and Engagement

Help me give my students the experience of an escape room within the classroom where students will cooperatively solve puzzles for lock codes to open a metal box with additional clues or prizes.

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My Students

My students are awesome, caring, and ready to learn. However, many of them come to school with distracted minds and struggles. We live in a community that has a severe opioid problem. Students are dealing with addiction with parents, older siblings and other relatives.

To help them put this all behind and focus on the learning environment, I have found that activities that are highly engaging allow them to really master content, have fun, and be a kid for the time I have them at school.

The 8th grade Science team tries very hard to incorporate hands-on learning, critical thinking, problem solving skills, cooperative groups, and interactive lessons weekly to keep the students engaged while learning. The traditional lecture and notes daily would never accomplish this task. We are constantly looking for creative ideas to utilize in the classroom to drive home concepts and provide higher order thinking while assessing student achievement. Escape rooms have popped up all over the U.S. Although there are several within a 40 minute drive from us, many of my students will never get to experience this fun activity.

My Project

The purpose of ESCAPE (an acronym for Encouraging Student Creativity, Adventure, Problem Solving, and Engagement) is to bring excitement to the classroom in addition to a new tool to assess the knowledge and understanding of students after concepts have been taught in class. Each of the materials chosen for this project will allow the Science Team to create escape room type activities involving various puzzles that will challenge students to work cooperatively using information learned.

Students will use critical thinking skills and problem solving skills to successfully complete a challenge posed using science skills that have been covered in the various units.

This will allow teacher assessment of understanding of standards as well as creating an engaging lesson for students. Using the escape room concept to assess students allows for differentiation and reaching multiple learning styles. These supplies will be used for multiple challenges and within various units. The entire 8th grade team will be able to utilize the class set of materials to create challenge lessons that require higher order thinking skills.

Clues and prizes will be locked within the metal boxes. Students will need to complete puzzles and challenges to decipher combinations for locks. Some puzzles will require flashlights or a magnifying glass to see hidden clues. They will work together to complete the task within the time frame. Those that "escape" will be rewarded with small prizes or school recognition. Not only will the escape room lesson foster teamwork, but it will also allow students to demonstrate their understanding of key content standards in a rewarding and challenging way.

Mrs. Stone
Grades 6-8

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Stalwart 75-500 Lock Box, 12", Silver • Amazon Business $12.49 6 $74.94
Master Lock 1535DWD Vertical Resettable Word Combination Padlock, 4-Pack, Color May Vary, • Amazon Business $31.87 2 $63.74
Paper Mate InkJoy 100RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Assorted, 20 Pack (1951396) • Amazon Business $8.02 6 $48.12
Master Lock 1500iD Locker Lock Set Your Own Directional Combination Padlock, 1 Pack, Assorted Colors • Amazon Business $7.23 6 $43.38
ZJY Combination Lock 4 Digit Padlock for School, Employee, Gym & Sports Locker, Case, Fence, Cabinet & Storage 4 pack stochastic color • Amazon Business $11.99 3 $35.97
Safety Series 1" Jaw Steel Lockout Hasp • Amazon Business $4.42 6 $26.52
FASTPRO 20-pack Aluminum 6-LED Flashlights Set with Lanyard and 60-piece AAA Batteries Included and Pre-installed • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
6 Pack Open Alert Indicator TSA Approved 3 Digit Luggage Locks for Travel Suitcase & Baggage (Black) • Amazon Business $23.95 1 $23.95
Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches, 200-Pack, 8.9 x 11.4 inches, Letter Size Sheets, Clear, 3-Mil (TP3854-200) • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Quality Park 9" x 12" Clasp Envelopes, Brown Kraft, Gummed Flap, 100/Box (QUA37790) • Amazon Business $14.10 1 $14.10

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