I wanted to do something fun and challenging with my students so I purchased 4 toolboxes with various types of locks to make my own breakout boxes. It was a little expensive so I suggest getting some teachers to split the cost with you. I highly recommend doing this type of activity with your students. My students were so excited and engaged in the activity!
I used the welcome letter from Breakout Edu. You can read more about breakout boxes here. It is free to sign up at Breakout Edu and they have many free breakout games for various age groups.
Here is the timer you can use for your breakout.
The first task my students had to complete was to sort the adjectives by texture, size, color, and shape. They counted the number in each category and that was the number to unlock the first lock. I purchased the shamrocks and wrote adjectives on them. I did not want to spend the time cutting and laminating shamrocks. This number was for the 4-digit combination lock. Click here for the adjective sort recording sheet.
The next task was to find all the words in the St. Patrick’s Day word search. Once they completed the word search, I gave them a black light flashlight to find the word that I had highlighted with an invisible ink pen. They used the flashlight to discover the word MONEY which was the code to unlock the next lock. Click here for your FREE copy of the word search.
They found chocolate gold coins hidden in the box. If you can’t find gold coins, you can use any type of candy that has a gold wrapper. My students are excited to do this activity again next month.
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Below is an affliate link for the items that I purchased from Amazon.