Cracking the Classroom Code™ Main Idea and Details Lower Elementary 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 main idea and details.
**This game is designed for lower elementary. The clues and puzzles are easier than the ones used the the upper elementary version of this game. Also, the reading passages are simple one paragraph passages, as opposed to three paragraphs.


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 main idea and details.
**This game is designed for lower elementary. The clues and puzzles are easier than the ones used the the upper elementary version of this game. Also, the reading passages are simple one paragraph passages, as opposed to three paragraphs.
For the lower elementary version, I also highly encourage this game to be played as a whole class.

This is an interactive game where the students are timed. They are trying to save a museum that has been robbed of all its ancient artifacts. Students must solve a string of questions and clues, as well as decode different ciphers. If your class has never played an escape style 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 45-60 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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229 reviews for Cracking the Classroom Code™ Main Idea and Details Lower Elementary Escape Room

  1. Jenna P.

    Love this!

  2. Korey W.

    Looking forward to using this as a fun way to work on main idea and details!

  3. Super Second

    Great way to end main idea unit!

  4. Kathryn P.

    Perfect end of year activity!

  5. Habecker’s Heroes

    I cannot to utilize this in my classroom next week! : )

  6. Teaching Basics

    Thanks! I can’t wait to use this, this year!

  7. Texas Teach ‘Em

    Escape rooms are the new craze, and my students love the challenge! Thanks!

  8. Lisa J.

    My students enjoyed this resource

  9. Dorothy

    Excited to use this soon!

  10. Kristena I.

    My kids love doing these!

  11. First Grade Super Learners

    A great way to engage all students!

  12. sandi L.

    can’t wait to try this

  13. Sarah Bricker

    Well laid out and fun! Thanks!

  14. Carolyn W.

    This is super creative! Be sure to leave plenty of time to set up and read directions before implementing 🙂

  15. Buyer

    Always love your products!

  16. Patricia P.

    I love these products! Thank you

  17. Katie T.

    Perfect for my after school escape room club!

  18. Sarah W.

    Just what I needed for my classroom!

  19. All About STEM

    My class loves escape rooms!

  20. Brianna F.

    Your escape rooms are the BEST resources! My kiddos beg me to do more.

  21. Brittney W.

    Awesome product! I love how engaging it is for the students.

  22. Erin V.

    Great resource thanks!

  23. Jaclyn C.

    I love this and can’t wait to use it in my classroom! Thank you!

  24. Danielle J.

    I hope this will help my students understand the main idea.

  25. Buyer

    I love these!

  26. Allison Schrader

    Can’t Wait to do this in my class. I know my students will love it.

  27. Buyer

    YES! Love this! Just what I was looking for!

  28. Meagan V.

    Another fantastic Crack the Code. Great for second graders 🙂

  29. Lauren H.

    Looking forward to using another great escape room!

  30. Yolanda G.

    So much fun! Thanks!

  31. Amanda G.

    This was great- my students LOVED it!

  32. Kim S.

    Excited to use this product this year. Thanks!

  33. Anna K.

    great product!

  34. Stephanie Perez

    I’m looking forward to using this with my students.

  35. Danielle P.

    My students went crazy over this activity! They had so much fun practicing main idea and details and it really made them think! The only downside was how much time it took me to assemble everything. In hindsite I should have used card stock and laminated it so it could be used again!

  36. Laurie B.

    These were so fun for my 2nd graders.

  37. Cindy C.

    This was so much fun! I look forward to using it again next year!

  38. Kelli Harvey

    Such a fun activity!

  39. Rachel McFarland

    My students were not able to complete the activity in the suggested time, but they still had fun. I will adjust expectations next time we do this activity.

  40. Sara F.

    I can’t wait to use all these that I bought!

  41. Clark’s Classroom

    Great Resource – Thank You!

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  43. Ashley Carrero

    We really enjoyed this activity and it contained a lot of informational text. I only marked of on thoroughness because the title says main idea, and it wasn’t really about finding the main idea, it was more about finding the topic. I’ll use it again and adjust to fit the main idea.

  44. Chynna K.

    Cool Lesson!

  45. Tori W.

    Using all your Cracking the Classroom Code products this year during my early release days. Looking forward to giving my students a new option to practice!

  46. Alison D.

    My students really enjoyed learning about the different artifacts from each country as they review finding the main idea.

  47. Julie C.

    So much great information. I cant wait to use this in my class!

  48. Kiddlywinks

    Looking forward to using this!

  49. Marina G.

    My kiddos loved this activity! Thank you!

  50. Michele D.

    My kids loved their adventure! Thanks!

  51. Kristy S.

    Great resource!

  52. Buyer


  53. Regan S.

    Excellent resource! Thank you!

  54. Kelsey M.

    I love using these in the classroom!

  55. Krysta T.

    I ended up not using this activity with my class this year because they were too low. However, I cannot wait to use it with a group because it looks like so much fun!!!! Would definitely recommend this resource.

  56. Lori D.

    I’m looking forward to using this resource next year to reinforce these ELA concepts.

  57. Girl Nerd Teacher

    Can’t wait to use these with the students.

  58. Megan R.

    Awesome product! 🙂

  59. Cheesehead Creator

    Thanks for the resource!

  60. Mallory M.

    This was so much fun! My kids LOVED it!

  61. Katherine Scanlon

    Love the focus on main idea and details. 🙂

  62. Penley’s Pointe

    Just what I needed!! Thank you!

  63. Erin E.

    There was a lot that we learned about the world through this activity. Thanks.

  64. Buyer


  65. Buyer

    I’m so happy it came with and without QR codes. It took a bit to set it up but it was unbelievably worth it. Thank you.

  66. Kathleen R.

    Looks awesome! Can not wait to use it with my students!

  67. I Heart the Littles

    This is such a great idea to integrate an engaging activity with academics! Wonderful and well thought out!

  68. Sara A.

    I didn’t have time to use it this year, but can’t wait to use this next year!

  69. Buyer

    This is so exciting. My students loved this.

  70. jacqueline J.

    I am really looking forward to using this with my class!

  71. Alyssa C.

    Such a fun way to practice main idea!

  72. Lauren F.

    This was a very fun resource! It may be a little more challenging to identify main idea if the titles weren’t on the passage cards. 🙂

  73. Buyer


  74. Talissa N.

    My students loved it!

  75. Becky MacPherson

    I can’t wait to use this!

  76. jody B.

    Thank you!!! Your items are SO much fun to play.

  77. Stephanie R.

    Thanik you@

  78. Tory S.

    great quality work

  79. Kaitlin D.

    So much fun, my kids loved it!

  80. Shannon K.

    Great review product for my reading extensions group!

  81. Danielle F.

    Thanks! Kids love this!!

  82. Miss K’s Creations

    My students loved this! They are wanting to create their own escape rooms! Easy to follow set up directions!

  83. Ashley C.

    This is a great product and a neat way to use the escape room challenge in ELA. My students loved it!

  84. Gregory H.

    Great resource. Engaging and fun.

  85. Cyndi B.

    This is the first one of these I have done with my class. They LOVED it. They were so excited to find the next clue that they worked hard to find the main idea and details on the reading so they could move on. This is a great idea. I wish there were more that focused on reading skills.

  86. Beth M.

    This is a great culminating activity when they can show what they know in a slightly competitive forum. WE LOVED IT!

  87. Ashley S.

    I love your escape rooms and so do my kids!

  88. Vanessa Carcanaquez

    To say that my kids are now OBSESSED with Cracking the Classroom Code is an understatement. They have been begging me to do another very soon. They were super engaged, so the amount of prep work was completely worth it. Thank you!

  89. Amy M.

    Thank you!

  90. Engaging Them All

    Very fun! Thank you!

  91. Amy M.

    We love the Cracking the Code Activities! Its a great way for all of my students to be involved and engaged!

  92. Robert D.

    Great resource

  93. Tracy S.

    You have done a fabulous job on the Crack the Code activities. My students get so excited when they know it is an escape room day. It is so easy to assemble and print out. Great directions and product. I will be using these year after year.

  94. Sara A.

    It is a lot to set up ahead of time, but I laminated everything so I can just reuse the same set over and over each year. Thank you for putting the time in to make these so much fun for our students!

  95. Michelle M.

    So engaging!

  96. Terri G.

    Wonderful!!! These escape rooms are so engaging.

  97. Karina Menjivar

    Used this with my whole class. They were all so engaged!

  98. Second Grade Things

    Excellent! This helped solidify main idea for my students.

  99. Alisha B.

    Very fun for my students!

  100. Kristi W.

    A little tricky to set up but the kids enjoyed it.

  101. Sarah S.

    Love your product! Can’t wait to see if you make more for second grade! I will definitely be purchasing them!

  102. Mona E.

    I am so excited to use this with my 2nd graders. We have done other “escape room” type activities and they love them! Thanks for a great resource!

  103. Jessica F.

    So excited to use this as a wrap up to our main idea unit this week! Thanks again for a great resource!!

  104. Buyer

    My class loves these escape units from Teresa. easy to prepare!

  105. Marcie A.

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  106. Sarah B.

    Awesome resource! Fun and engaging 🙂

  107. Molly L.

    Can’t wait to try this…

  108. Meredith P.

    This was the most amazing resource! My students were asking for more after we were done!

  109. The Bedazzled Bookworm

    What a fun way to review skills! Thank you!

  110. Donna B.

    We are having fun cracking the code!

  111. Angela S.

  112. Lauren R.

    Thank you.

  113. Ashley M.

    Excited to use this with my students in the next few weeks!

  114. Elementary Ever After

    Looking forward to using this review!

  115. Brenda Jalomos

    Kids loved it.

  116. Julie W.

    Love the idea of this. I haven’t tried it yet

  117. Embellished Education

    Love this! Very engaging activity!

  118. Tabitha G.

    Love this activity!

  119. Jessica S.

    Great activity

  120. Ellen Casey

    My kids LOVE doing Cracking the Classroom activities!! I use them for enrichment days with my high achievers but do believe any of my students would be able to do the activity with peers.

  121. Racquel P.

    Fun activity that attacks standards and comprehension skills head-on!

  122. Casey F.

    So much FUN!

  123. Sara Jones

    This was really fun!

  124. Katie Beason

    Love it! Thanks!

  125. Julie M.

    Kids enjoyed the activity.

  126. Seeds Of Knowledge

    This was wonderful very engaging.

  127. Happy Camper Creations

    A fun way to review main idea!

  128. Aimee C.

    We used 6 these for our school’s literacy night and it was amazing!! THANK YOU!!

  129. Holly M.

    My class LOVED this!

  130. Blossom M.

    Excellent resource!

  131. Jennifer O.


  132. Follow the Primary Road

    I love your Cracking the Classroom Code activities as much as my scholars do! They are always so engaging for my learners, and your instructions make it easy for me to prep. Thank you!

  133. ashleigh neitzel

    This is good end of unit activity for my kids! It’s challenging for them and makes them use their brains!

  134. Katherine W.

    Such a fun resource!

  135. Sarah C.

    This looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it with my kiddos.

  136. Karen B.

    Kids loved this activity!

  137. Kelly D.

    My class begs to play your escape rooms. Thank you!

  138. Laurie Craig

    This was a little difficult for my struggling readers, but they still loved it. Their peers helped them and they worked so cooperatively on it. Thank you!

  139. Sharon V.

    Amazing. Such a help!

  140. Cassie Thompson

    Exactly what I needed!! Thank you!

  141. M M.

    love it

  142. Jordan

    This was hard for my first graders but they enjoyed it!

  143. Heather Urbano

    I’m very excited to use this!

  144. Hannah Miranda

    I can’t wait to use this with my class!

  145. Stephanie D.

    Looking forward to using this with my 2nd graders! Thank you.

  146. Casey S.

    So excited to use this!

  147. Carol G.

    This will be a lot of fun! I can’t wait to use it with my students!

  148. Nancy G.

    I love the step by step directions. Easy to follow and so creative.

  149. kristi I.

    My students LOVE LOVE LOVE these. Whenever they see the letter come out I hear “Oh I love doing this”. Makes me happy to see them enjoy these and they are so actively engaged!! 🙂 Thank you for creating so many awesome activities.

  150. Pinkardinc

    My kids love these!

  151. Kori W.

    I can’t wait to use this to review main idea and supporting details.

  152. jennifer M.

    Love it!

  153. Carol Cozart

    I’m truly in awe. I wish I had the thought process you do!

  154. Wendy C.

    Great resource to add when we learned about explorers.

  155. Buyer

    Great for second grade! Thank you!

  156. naeem nanji


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  158. Jordan H.


  159. Inclusion In 2nd

    Super engaging and perfectly fits with the lessons in our math program

  160. Destani Walker

    Great material! My kiddos are a little lower in reading, so next time I would probably have two groups race to finish, rather than have a time limit!

  161. Terri P.

    This activity was challenging for my students, but that is what I was looking for.

  162. Sarah M.

    They loved it

  163. Regan S.

    My students loved doing this!

  164. Jeanette V.

    Awesome! Thank you.

  165. Melanie W.

    This is such a fun resource.

  166. Buyer

    My students love these! Worth the prep time and you get way more than you pay for!!!

  167. Kayla W.

    Ah! I did the winter edition whole class and my second-graders LOVED it! Thank you so much!

  168. Tracey L.

    My second graders will love this!

  169. Andrew C.

    LOVE the different options for integrating this in the classroom

  170. Samantha E.


  171. Lorena T.

    Excited to use this in the classroom

  172. Amber N.

    Thank you. Can’t wait to use it.

  173. MIA H.

    Great way to review what we have been learning with main idea!

  174. Buyer

    This was a great way to get my students engaged!

  175. Mickelle B.

    This is great! Thanks!

  176. Jo H.

    They can’t get enough of these!

  177. Lyndsay N.

    Can’t wait to use this with my class!

  178. Brodie Education Consulting

    Love this resource…can’t wait to try it out!

  179. The Honey Bunch Designs

    I can’t wait to use this. Thank you for the time and talent you put into creating these products.

  180. Stacy Hart

    Excited to use this with my first graders!

  181. Christina W.

    I have done 2 of the math code games….can’t wait to try one for literacy!

  182. casey M.

    My kids loved this!

  183. Desirae J.

    My kiddos were engaged the entire time!

  184. Nydia C.

    Great way to review strategy.

  185. Traci M.

    I love these! We can’t get enough of them!

  186. Buyer

    My students love this!

  187. Amanda G.

    This will be a lot of fun!

  188. Bonnie S

    This activity looks so fun! Thanks for spending the time to put it together.

  189. Easy Peasy Teaching – Monica Holford


  190. The Boho Fox

    So engaging and fun

  191. Caroline Soesbee

    Thank you! This is going to make finding the main idea fun. It’s something my class is struggling with as a whole.

  192. Kelly Phibbs

    I LOVE these resources thank you! The kids are SO engaged, and I am love watching them work through the clues.

  193. Second Grade Magic

    I really can’t wait to use this. It seems a lot of prep, but I’m positive it will be worth it! I’d love to see MORE lower elementary ELA ones!

  194. Kayla G.

    I am very excited to use this with my class! I have been wanting to do an “Escape” type activity with them! This is the perfect one!

  195. Lauren M.

    A little tough for my firsties, higher level 1st graders or 2nd grade would be perfect though.

  196. Stephanie B.

    This was thoughtfully put together and very engaging! Thank you!

  197. Jaime Calhoun

    My class absolutely loves these activities. I can’t wait to use this one next week. Thank you so much!!!!!!!

  198. Brooke G.

    My kids beg to do these! They love cracking the code!

  199. April Wright

    I can’t wait to try this. My students loved the other Crack the Code that I purchased.

  200. Tonya Z.

    Thank you for an amazing educational resource. 🙂

  201. Tonya F.

    Thank you

  202. Buyer


  203. Brandi Plumlee

    Thank you! Great resource!

  204. Howdy SLP

    My students keep asking for more of these activities. Thanks for making them so easy to use and put together.

  205. Heather D.

    Really fun and easy to execute!

  206. Caitlyn C.

    my students had an absolute blast!!!

  207. Dona F.

    What a fun activity

  208. Erin Glaser

    Such a great activity that challenges students to think critically and to work together!

  209. Buyer

    My first graders loved playing this during a review day!

  210. Rachel H.

    Super fun, engaging activity! Thanks so much!

  211. Erin D.

    Great Resource for the students!! My kids love them!

  212. Michelle B.

    Love them. I would love more for 2nd grade please.

  213. Sandra R.


  214. Mayesky D.

    Can not wait to use this with my students.

  215. Buyer

    Great directions! Very fun

  216. Courtney B.

    Great resource. I would be interested in inferencing, story elements, summarizing, fact and opinion, cause and effect, and authors purpose.

  217. Brenda W.

    Well done-these are sooo much fun!

  218. Judy C.

    Brilliant resource – thank you!! Can’t wait to use it with my class.

  219. Jill E.

    Love these games. Very engaging.

  220. Teaching Tails A.

    Very detailed and thorough. Directions provided on every step needed to set this up.

  221. The Blue Crab Teacher

    I am so excited to use this with my firsties!

  222. Victoria Wheeler


  223. Alison N.

    I’m looking forward to using this this year. What a great end of unit activity. I can’t wait for more items like this on the first grade level. Thank you!

  224. Nicole P.

    I cannot wait to do this with my class!! They loved the number identification one we did with the robots!! So fun and easy!!

  225. Rachel G.

    Can’t wait to use this!

  226. Rhea D.

    Super excited to try this. Looks awesome!

  227. Curriculum Kings

    This looks so fun! Can’t wait to try as a whole class with my first graders. I love that they can learn and have fun! Thank you!

  228. Pam H.

    I’m looking forward to using this during the next year! I want to increase student engagement and I think this will do it!

  229. Elementary Teacher’s Pet

    This is going to be great for reviewing main idea and details at the beginning of the year. I bought the other version of this game for the end of the year!

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