Cracking the Classroom Code™ 5th Grade Math Christmas Escape Room


Will your class escape in time? Try this escape room style game with your students today! This is a fun game that is perfect for reviewing adding and subtracting decimals, as well as rounding decimals with your fifth grade students.


Will your class escape in time? Try this escape room style game with your students today! This is a fun game that is perfect for reviewing adding and subtracting decimals, as well as rounding decimals with your fifth grade students.

This is an interactive game where the students are timed. They are trying to escape Santa’s snowed in workshop. Students must solve a string of questions and clues, as well as decode different ciphers, to escape. If your class has never played an escape game before, I suggest playing this as a whole class. However, materials are provided for up to 6 different groups to play at one time.

**Versions with and without QR codes included!

Students try and solve clues and questions to breakout and escape the classroom. You, the teacher, can decide how much time your students have to complete the task. I 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). A paper is provided so students can write their work down. 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 question.

*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.


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111 reviews for Cracking the Classroom Code™ 5th Grade Math Christmas Escape Room

  1. September R.


  2. Devin W.

    My kids LOVED this activity!

  3. Marianne O.

    Haven’t tried it yet, but looks very easy to use and fun!

  4. Amy K.

    I will be using this again. My students and I love this activity!

  5. The Highly Caffeinated Teachers

    A classroom favorite. Can’t wait to use it again this year!

  6. Eilidh H.

    Thanks for creating such a fun resource!

  7. D Lynne S.

    Used this during the last week of school before Winter Break, and my students loved it. Will definitely purchase more of these activities. Thanks for the great resource!

  8. Suzanne H.

    They love escape rooms! They love Christmas! Great way to keep them learning!

  9. Tasha M.

    I love these escape room activities!

  10. Amy Dungan

    So much fun!

  11. Shauna Gardner


  12. Fawn G.

    Fun break from normal, everyday activities

  13. Joy H.

    Thanks! Fun resource during Christmas season!

  14. Buyer

    I use these as a fun surprise in library/tech block, and it’s my students favorite! Thank you.

  15. Dawn B.


  16. Teach Grow Inspire

    This was perfect! Thanks

  17. Becky J.

    Can’t wait to try it!

  18. Desert Designed

    Very fun and engaging for students! Thank you!

  19. Stephanie Roland

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE these resources!!! My kids really work hard on these!

  20. Joe C.

    Students were so excited to participate in this activity. They worked hard and got a good review in at the same time.

  21. Emily K.

    This is a great resource!

  22. Marcia B.

    These are so great! Thank you!

  23. Janel L.

    Great resource! Thank you!

  24. Sonya Herl

    Kids love these

  25. Alisha R.


  26. Kerry T.

    Great fun and academic activity for the day before holiday break!

  27. Jennifer J.


  28. Karen N.

    My students loved!

  29. Melinda Ready

    The students loved this!

  30. Chanel S.

    The Kids Had A Blast

  31. Stephen R.

    Great Resource!

  32. Buyer

    So fun…

  33. Caitlin Saghy

    My students love these activities! Please keep them coming!!

  34. Alison Tisdell

    My students LOVE these!!

  35. Leslie McFarland

    Another great activity! Love Cracking the Codes!!

  36. Emma S.

    The kids and I loved this activity

  37. Deborah Schmidt

    This was a lot of fun for my 5th graders!

  38. Buyer

    It was a fun activity!

  39. Rulers and Pan Balances

    Easy for students … Great review…engaging.

  40. Robin Lizotte

    These are great to review skills students should know.

  41. Tiffany Z.

    It took me a little while to figure out the set-up. The pictures were very helpful. My kids loved doing this the week of Christmas.

  42. Sarah B.

    Kids loved it!

  43. shawna clendaniel

    My kids ALWAYS love these activities! I have purchased a few different sets.

  44. Sunny E.

    Thank you for this wonderful resource!

  45. Margaret M.

    Awesome resource!

  46. Erin Cotto

    This was a great activity! Kept my students fully engaged. It will take some time to put together for the first time. After that, it is easy to start!

  47. BoymomBookmom

    So much fun! A Valentine’s one would be great..hint..hint! 🙂

  48. Jenny W.

    Great activity for the week before Christmas, while still practicing our CC math standards! Thanks!

  49. Buyer

    Loved it

  50. Anna T.

    This was the perfect activity for math for the last day before Christmas break. Engaging and self-paced, the students loved it in small groups! Very thorough and helpful instuctions to follow as well.

  51. Peggy B.

    Looking forward to adding this to my curriculum!

  52. Sarah S.

    I don’t have enough words to describe how awesome this activity was! The kids loved it and were so engaged the entire time. I’m looking forward to using the other versions the rest of the year.

  53. Lori Willis

    My students absolutely loved this activity!!!!

  54. Ali Camp

    My kids absolutely adored this activity. AWESOME!

  55. Kelli T.

    This is the second “Crack the Code” game my class has done and they loved it! A great activity to review what has been taught and to do before winter break!

  56. Pamela M.

    This was hands down my 5th graders favorite activity! It was perfect for them!

  57. Heather D.

    They loved it and didn’t even think about the fact that they were doing work! Thanks.

  58. Tori E.

    I’m beyond excited to try this with my kids and increase student engagement and learning!

  59. Lori W.

    The topics covered were perfect! My kids were begging me just today to get more of the scavenger hunt!! They love it! They don’t even realize they are learning!!

  60. Cassandra Singleton

    The kids loved this!

  61. Kristine P.

    My 5th graders loved this! They can’t wait to try another one!

  62. Brenda Giesen

    Awesome resource that promotes collaboration and teamwork while reinforcing math skills. Thank you!!

  63. Stacy Adams

    This was so much fun! I loved seeing my class transform into a team to solve this puzzle. I just wish my students could keep the envelopes organized so I could do small groups. Thank you!!

  64. Takes2toteach

    This was such a fun activity to do with my 5th graders the week before Christmas Break. The kids loved the escape room theme and did not even realize that they were reviewing decimal concepts!

  65. Tammy J.

    The students had a lot of fun with this!

  66. Sarah A.

    My students loved this!

  67. Ashley L.


  68. A Day in the Life of a WV Teacher

    This was my first escape room and putting it together was a lot but the directions were thorough enough even my students were able to help me reorganize afterwards. My students loved the challenge and really worked hard! Thank you!

  69. Beth C.

    Love it!

  70. Eva G.

    Fun way to get kids up and moving! Thank you for sharing your work.

  71. Renae K.

    Loved this! My kids loved it, were extremely engaged and it was very grade level appropriate! Easy setup 🙂 Thank you!

  72. Kara’s Krew

    I did this as a whole class activity. My students LOVED it! Prep for this took 20 minutes at most – the directions are VERY VERY clear for set up. The students were very engaged and took 38 minutes to “escape.”

  73. Macey H.

    Wish I had found it earlier and was able to use it this year….plans for next year.

  74. Donna S.

    This is an amazing product! It takes a little while to set up, but once you get the hang of it, it is just a matter of “time to assemble”. Clear some space on your coffee table, put on movie, and you’re good to go. This is the third “Escape Room” I’ve purchased because I love them so much. The kids do to! It doesn’t just encourage cooperation, it demands it. The problems are just right for a mix of learners, and make an excellent review of a topic. I will be purchasing more of these in the future. My students are so excited for the next one!

  75. Teach Love Learn

    Amazing Resource

  76. Emma W.

    Wow! My class had a blast doing this challenge and it channeled their energy during the last week before break! Thank you so much for the awesome product!

  77. Brooke N.

    Great math review! They students do not even realize they are learning!

  78. Tammi D.


  79. Courtney B.

    So much fun! Would love more reading comprehension ones.

  80. Angela J.

    Wonderful resource

  81. Buyer

    My class loves these

  82. Cynthia L.

    Cant wait to use this!

  83. Katie K.

    My class loved this activity!

  84. Lindsay M.

    A wonderful resource! This fits perfectly into my Grade 5 math unit. It’s great to have a tie to Christmas! Thank you!

  85. Amber B.

    Love these cracking the codes.

  86. Katie W.

    This is so well set up and I cannot wait to use it next week!

  87. Tiffany B.

    Kids loved the first one, looking forward to watching them work together to solve the puzzles.

  88. Gaye M.


  89. sarah D.

    Thank you!

  90. Dona M.


  91. Michelle W.

    I am saving this for the week before break! I hope the kids love it!

  92. Beth A.

    Can’t wait to do this!

  93. hey Mrs Pala

    so excited to do this with my class! Thank you

  94. Lizbeth W.

    Great resource. Kids love it!

  95. Rifenburg’s Room

    These products are THE best! My class and I LOVE them. Super engaging!

  96. Revenge of the 5th

    I will be prepping this activity this weekend. I look forward to using it to review in December!

  97. Cindy K.

    Thank you! I teach in a 4th/5th grade class and your resources are perfect for review and practice for my 5th graders and an opportunity for my 4th graders to learn from their 5th grade partners.

  98. Lora Stoddard

    This looks great. I cannot wait to use them with my class. I know it’s going to be a tremendous help. Thank you for sharing!

  99. Anna Marie Woloszyn

    I am so excited to use this the last week of school before break! This will be a great way to review some skills while having a lot of fun! Thanks so much!

  100. Buyer

    So much fun! Thank you!

  101. Alyson M.


  102. Michelle N.

    Love this!

  103. Shannon Scott

    Thank you

  104. Global Connections

    Great resource! Keep making them! My students love doing these! I have all of them!

  105. Type A Teaching

    This is hands down the best product I’ve ever bought on TpT!! My students beg for these. They are time consuming to set up and reassemble after, but soooooo worth the time and money! I absolutely love them. I have bought 6 so far 🙂 and plan on buying more.

  106. Heather M.

    I can’t wait to use this

  107. Barbi B.

    My students loved the Save the Turkey division game, so I can’t wait to play this with them! Thank you for making it so easy to put together! I teach 4 math classes and don’t always have a lot of time to reset the game in between classes, but this has been very easy to organize.

  108. Sheri D.

    The students I work with enjoy doing these. Thank you!

  109. Each day I’m Calculating

    GREAT, can not wait to get this prepared for my classes to use this before Christmas!

  110. Yolanda S.

    My students loved the Halloween Cracking the Code project. I immediately had to get my hands on all of the 5th grade products. I’m excited to use this project next month.

  111. Marissa G.

    Thank you! Can’t wait to try this!

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