Will your class escape in time? No way! The animals at the zoo have escaped their enclosures. Your students have been tasked with putting them back in place. Students will try and breakout from their risky situation by solving a string of math problems and clues. This is a review game for the math concepts taught in 3rd grade under the domain of numbers and operations in base ten. It can be played in small groups, or as a whole class. If your class has never played an escape game before, I suggest playing as a whole class for the first time.
**Versions with and without QR codes included
This is an interactive game where the students are timed. Students try and solve clues and math problems to breakout and escape the classroom. You, the teacher, can decide how much time your students have to complete the task. I will suggest 45 minutes, but it is up to your discretion. You can project a timer for your class, or put one somewhere for all the students to see, so they can keep track of how much time they have left to complete their task.
This is similar to a scavenger hunt where students will be moving around the room, looking for clues to unlock their envelopes (I have included riddles and suggestions on where to hide each clue). To unlock their envelopes, students will need to solve math problems. A paper is provided so students can show their work for each problem. For many of the questions, students must have an answer that matches one on an envelope. If the answers do not match, they can’t open or “unlock” the envelope, and must rework the problem.
*Everything is included, however teachers must provide their own envelopes.
I give step by step instructions on how to set up the game, including pictures! This is sure to capture the attention of your students.
Topics covered in this game:
Number and Operations in Base Ten
*Using place value to round numbers to the nearest 10 or 100
*Fluently adding and subtracting within 1,000.
*Multiplying one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10.
Deena S. –
Erin W. –
Fun way to review!
Stanley Superstars –
This was a great way to end our unit. It served as a good assessment of skills.
Ms G in Texas –
I am so excited to use these with my kids this year! It is going to be so much fun!
Tracy R. –
My students loved this activity! Very engaging for all students.
Very engaging! The students loved completing this activity. Thank you!
Michele Scott –
Looking forward to using this great resource this year!
Carla K. –
My class loves these!
Lori R. –
Excited to use this, this year!
Mandy M. –
Used at the beginning of 4th grade as a review. Kids loved it!
Ivy T. –
My classes LOVE these escapes! Great review and so fun. Thank you!
Amanda N. –
Can’t wait to bring this to life with my kiddos!
amanda L. –
My students LOVED this! Completely engaged solving the problems the entire time. Highly recommend this!!
Steffi Lyle –
So much fun! Thank you!
Kyna B. –
Easy to set up! Can’t wait to have my students solve this task!
Emily P. –
Lauren H. –
My students loved this! We took pictures afterward whether they “escaped” or not and put them on Dojo. Will definitely be getting more next year!
Brittany Hicks –
My kids love these! Thanks!
Haley W. –
Making tutorials fun!
Berlyn Prince –
So fun for my students! Great resource.
Whitney T. –
This was a super engaging lesson for my students
Renee P. –
This was a wonderful addition to furthering the students understandings!
Danielle Franc –
Love all your “cracking the codes”. This is another fabulous resource!! It’s amazing!!!
Shannon J. –
Excellent for test practice!! Thanks!
Brooke N. –
sandi L. –
can’t wait to use this resource
Paula L. –
This was really fun and engaging.
Shelly S. –
Fun activity that will engage my students.
Frances Adams –
I LOVE all of her escape rooms. They’re great for student engagement.
Carrigan’s Creative Creations –
We have not tried this yet but I love your step-by-step directions for setting it up. I needed baby-step directions since this is my first cracking-the-code activity (though I’ve purchased several of them from you this week!) but your directions were clear and easy to understand. I can’t wait to use these in my classroom to challenge my third graders, while reviewing key concepts!
Danielle Elliott –
My students really enjoyed this! It was a little difficult to cut everything out and put it on the envelopes. The directions were very clear and easy to follow. It turned out fantastic and the kids LOVED this. Thank you!
Third Grade Galore –
I loved how detailed your directions were and that you showed pictures of how to set up the envelopes.
Lakenya B. –
La’Tasha J. –
We loved these in my Elective! Thank you!
Courtney Dinwiddie –
My class LOVED this!
Kerrianne O. –
Great concept but it was too challenging for my particular 3rd graders. My 4th graders loved it though!
Stephanie K. –
Great resource! Excited to try this one soon!
Spring S. –
looking forward to using this resource! thanks!
Shara H. –
My students loved this and are begging for more! Thanks for this fun resource!
Primary Melting Pot –
Can’t wait to use this. I’ve purchased a few and a parent is putting them together for me. Thanks
Kristine D. –
My students loved this! I bought all of them!
Jenna F. –
Monica T. –
Took some time to put together. The instructions were great!
This was fantastic! I had fun putting it together and my class had a blast working together to save the zoo!
Melissa Franklin –
I’m in love with these! Wish I could buy them all!
This looks amazing and very thorough for a Challenging student activity unit. Thank you
Rachel L. –
Can’t wait to use!!
Rena H. –
Can’t wait to try this
Cynthia M. –
Kids loved it!
Adrienne N. –
Patricia S. –
Looking forward to using this.
Kelly Phibbs –
Love how detailed this resource is! So fun!
Amy C. –
My kids loved it!
Jan Moore –
This was so much fun! I can’t wait for my students to do another fun activity like this!
shawna clendaniel –
Easy set up and great review! I bought three versions of this and each will work great in my GT class!
dolores K. –
This material is too advanced for my grade three class now, but later in the year, they will love this engaging game.
Kristin S. –
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Sarah Siegel –
Awesome – super engaging! The kids loved it!
Irina B. –
Def using this with my grade 3s. Thanks for making it!
Janice J. –
Helen Jo Morse –
These games are really fun! I think I should have all the 3rd grade versions by now 🙂
Alaina R. –
Mommy Hedrick –
Very fun! My Friday activity!
Josie M. –
Jennifer S. –
Valerie Sheehan –
My students love playing math games. Excited to use!
Kimberli H. –
Can’t wait to use it with my students.
Ashley Koss –
Did this as a whole class activity, my students absolutely loved it, they didn’t even realize they were practicing their math skills!
Kellsie Simons at The Turquoise Teacher –
My students are going to love this! I am always looking for ways to get them more engaged and this is going to help with that!
Giraffes in Third –
Abigail L. –
So much fun!
Stephanie A. –
My kiddos love these!
sara C. –
Can’t wait to use this in my classroom!
Cassandra H. –
I love the idea of the students working together and up and moving around the room! I can’t wait to try it this week!
Karen E. –
My students love these activities! I can’t wait to try this one.
Lisa Lilienthal –
Fantastic! Thank you!
Victoria Celis Castillo –
These are so much fun! I did two at the end of the year with my class last year and it was a big hit. I’m looking forward to doing more this year. Thank you!
Tawnya A. –
Christine S. –
Great way to review.
Chelsea B. –
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Kristy C. –
Once I finally figured out how to put it together, it was great. Thanks you!
Emily B. –
Love this! Can’t wait to use it!
Christy N. –
I love it! It went well with my zoo unit.
This was so much fun! It definitely took my kids longer (way longer) than 45 minutes, but it was worth it! Great for a math review or end of unit fun!
summer M. –
my third graders love cracking the classroom
Laura Dazzle –
Fun for the teacher and students!
Leslie H. –
Thank you! This is such a neat idea!
Teaching with My Hands –
My students loved this one, just like your others. 🙂
Hope E. –
Nicole L. –
I can’t wait to use this in my room.
Megan Scroggins –
Can’t wait to try these! Thanks!
Kelli P. –
Lauren Campeau –
Can’t wait to try this activity! Thanks!
Brenda W. –
Great idea-organized well!
Kimberly Lynn –
My kids are going to LOVE this! What a fun, engaging way to review material.
Brenda Tejeda –
So much fun!! What a great way to review skills. Thank you!