Cracking the Classroom Code™ First Grade Thanksgiving Subtraction Math Game



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 simple subtraction with your first grade students.

This is an interactive game where the students are timed. They are trying to save turkeys from becoming Thanksgiving dinner. Students must solve a string of questions and clues, as well as decode different ciphers, to escape. This game is to be played as a whole class. The teacher will lead the game.

**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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41 reviews for Cracking the Classroom Code™ First Grade Thanksgiving Subtraction Math Game

  1. Sara C.

    My class loves these crack the code activities! Great fun way to review!

  2. Bobbi Steward

    I did this activity with my students, and they loved it! We did it whole group. I can’t wait to try the other ones with the students broken up into groups.

  3. Karen N.

    My students loved!

  4. Elizabeth S.

    My students really liked this activity.

  5. Laurie Craig

    We can’t get enough of this. I love how my students look forward to these cracking the code activities and how everyone is involved!

  6. Leigh H.

    A great game for my higher level students who need to be challenged.

  7. Carol Cozart

    I love these!

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  9. Terri P.

    My students will love doing this activity!

  10. Itwasthebestdayever

    Thank you!

  11. Kristena I.

    My kids loved this. It was a perect Activity right before break!

  12. Abigail P.

    My students were so concerned about saving the turkeys. It took some time to set up, but it was so worth it to see how excited they were about math!

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  14. Alison N.

    My students love these activities. Please keep them coming!

  15. Rylie Uselman

    so fun and engaging

  16. Jodi J.

    Very engaging, thanks!

  17. April M.

    So much fun!

  18. Colleen S.

    My class loved this! It was so much fun!

  19. Elizabeth B.

    I loved the freebie Cracking the Classroom Code (Robot Edition) so much that I bought this for NEXT year. I will be ready when Thanksgiving rolls around again!

  20. Amanda B.

    My first graders love these activities!

  21. Buyer

    This was perfect for a review activity right before Thanksgiving break!

  22. Marcia Boone

    I did this on the day before Thanksgiving break and my kids loved it. They were so excited to save the turkeys before the timer wet off.

  23. Mrs Rios Printables

    Perfect for the Friday before our fall break! My first time doing an escape the room type activity and my students did awesome and had soooo much fun!! Thank you so much!! Loved it!!

  24. Perfectly Primary in Peoria

    My class LOVED this! Thanks!

  25. Chase S.

    My students thought this was the best thing EVER! They were so engaged the whole time! Thank you!

  26. Amanda H.

    Lots of fun! Thanks!

  27. Karen S.

    My first graders loved doing this activity. Your directions made it very easy to set up! Thank you!

  28. Laura S.

    It’s nice to see an Escape Room product being designed for young learners.

  29. kristi I.

    I did this yesterday and my kids LOVED it. They wanted to have more clues. Thank you for making a fun and engaging activity that kept their interest on a day before a holiday.

  30. The Chocolate Teacher

    My students really enjoyed this! Can’t wait to use the Christmas one. Thanks for making these for tis age group. Very fun!

  31. Alli L.

    This is wonderful!

  32. J w

    Going to try this with my class tomorrow as a math review day! Excited for it!

  33. Angel S.

    Love this!

  34. Jaymee B.

    One of the best resources. Everything is there step by step. My first graders are so engaged. Thank you for bringing this to 1st!

  35. Elizabeth H.

    This is AMAZING! Absolutely AMAZING! My kiddos were so engaged! My principal came in and watched and was so impressed! Thank you for making them for first!

  36. Ashley Franatovich

    I am so thrilled to “play” this in my classroom! What a fun way to make math exciting!

  37. Melissa R.


  38. Buyer

    My students love these!

  39. Live Love Laugh Teach23

    Can’t wait to use this in the classroom this week! The kids LOVE these and so do I! Thanks for making them for 1st grade!

  40. Karen D.

    Can’t wait to use this next week!!!

  41. Sheri D.

    The students that I work with are excited to try out this Escape Classroom. Thank you!

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