Cracking the Classroom Code™ Rules and Procedures 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 the back to school season. This game focuses on students reviewing rules and procedures for the classroom. This activity is great for the first day of school, team building activities, and for a review of your class rules! It is perfect for students in grades 3-6.


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 the back to school season. This game focuses on students reviewing rules and procedures for the classroom. This activity is great for the first day of school, team building activities, and for a review of your class rules! It is perfect for students in grades 3-6.

Students are trying to clean up the classroom, and get rid of all the trolls before everyone is sent to detention for being rowdy (thanks to the trolls). They 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!

This is an interactive game where the students are timed. 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.

Play this game after you have reviewed the classroom rules and procedures. The rules and procedures the students will review in this game are:
Where markers are located.
Where the pencil sharpener is. When and how to sharpen a pencil in class.
The line up procedure
The recess procedure. Where are the recess toys (balls, jump ropes, etc.) located, if you class has them.
Absent work procedure
How will students keep their desk clean and organized?
Getting a drink during class
Students will review the basic class rules
Lunch procedure
Bathroom procedure
Beginning and ending of the day procedures
Do you have a class library? How do students check in/out books?
What is the teacher’s signal for getting the class’ attention?
How can you ask a question or get the teacher’s attention during class?
Where are the art supplies, tissues, trash can, and class calendar located?
Where is the class schedule?
What can you do during free time?
Fire drill procedure
Where do backpacks go?


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185 reviews for Cracking the Classroom Code™ Rules and Procedures Escape Room

  1. Whitney C.

    Thank you!

  2. Samantha L.

    I Love it!!

  3. Jenny A.

    BEST RESOURCE EVER. My students are going to LOVE this!!!

  4. Candace Davis Archondo

    A great way to introduce Escape Room activity for the 1st week!

  5. Jennifer Boscarino

    Great way to start the year!

  6. Cynthia L.

    This is fun!

  7. Ashley D.

    A ton to get together, but good product.

  8. Amanda L.

    Excited to use this with my 3rd graders!

  9. Kay R.

    I can’t wait to do this activity. My kids are very excited!

  10. Sara V.

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

  11. Rachel Z.

    Love this! I had to use white-out in a few places to better fit with my classroom, but such a fun challenge!

  12. Emily M.

    I love your Escape Rooms.

  13. Katherine K.

    I used this as my first “Escape Room” activity and the students really enjoyed it. I did it as a whole group activity, but next time I’ll put them into teams. I think it’ll be more exciting because of the competition aspect.

  14. Jerrico M.

    This will be a great resource to teach students procedures in a more engaging manner.

  15. Katrina P.

    My class absolutely loved this! They were begging for more!

  16. Lindsey C.

    THE.BEST.ACTIVITY! My kids loved this! I really appreciate that all your products follow the same set up steps.

  17. Laura B.

    I loved the end of the year pirate crack the code and am excited to try this one out. Thanks!

  18. megan P.

    So much fun!

  19. Cheryl C.


  20. Kelly Vittorio

    Great way to review rules and procedures!

  21. Alicia M.

    Easy to follow.

  22. Tosha A.

    Can”t wait to use it.

  23. Mary Jen P.


  24. Kjirsten W.

    Many of my students have participated in escape rooms with their families around town. I love seeing a kid friendly escape room concept!

  25. All About STEM

    Perfect for the first week of school! So much fun and really easy to set up and use with my third graders!

  26. Julie V.

    Can’t wait for my students to use this breakout!

  27. Buyer

    I’m very excited to use this product!

  28. Kari T.

    I’m excited to try this out! Thanks!

  29. Karen C.

    I’m so excited to use this to review rules and procedures!

  30. Jessica Evans

    I was looking for a way to introduce and reinforce rules and procedures in a non-lecture way. This will be great. And it will prep kids for your math based escape rooms I want to use later in the year. Thank you!

  31. Teaching with Sass

    My students- and I!- are so obsessed with all of your escape rooms! As always, so thought out and engaging! I can’t wait to start the year off with a new one!

  32. Mary D.

    Plan to use the first week of school. A fun way to get to know where things are in the room.

  33. Robyn K.

    Thanks for a great back to school activity!

  34. The Inspired Soul

    Looks super fun! I can’t wait to try it out when school starts!

  35. Sara S.

    I can’t wait to use this to engage students, while going over rules and procedures! This is such a great idea!

  36. Chris Morriss


  37. Laura U.

    I really enjoyed setting these up. The students really enjoyed accomplishing the tasks. Some tasks were a little difficult for my new third graders but we just worked on those as a whole class.

  38. Tiffany B.

    Looking forward to using this as a way to mix things up and reinforce expectations. Thanks!

  39. Buyer

    Can’t wait to use this to reinforce my rules and procedures.

  40. Teaching Little Tikes

    Makes the start of the school year less crazy with reviewing all the important procedures!

  41. Christy J.

    I can’t wait to use this in a couple of weeks with my new class! I love your resources. Thank you!

  42. Gold Minted Teacher

    I can’t wait to use this resource!

  43. Meagan V.

    Another fantastic Crack the Code. Can’t wait to try this with my second graders 🙂

  44. Buyer

    I haven’t used this Cracking the Classroom yet but all the others have been awesome. Some of my student’s favorite activities!

  45. Cynthia Z.

    So excited to use this! Thank you!

  46. Hannah A.

    I love the escape the classrooms and am looking forward to using this one the first week of school.

  47. Annie Lail

    Can’t wait to use this with my kiddos this year!

  48. Stephanie F.

    Can’t wait to use this at the beginning of the school year.

  49. Jessica G.

    Can’t wait to use this product next school year!

  50. Jina T.


  51. Donna A.

    Purchased, printed and ready to go! Love!

  52. Mandy Gross


  53. Jessica Hains

    Awesome product!

  54. Erika Holder

    Love all of these and how simple they are to implement.

  55. Natalee W.

    Excited to try this. Thank you!

  56. Barbie H.

    Great product excited to use!

  57. Seeds Of Knowledge

    Such a great way to build in procedures for future Escape the Room activities and a fantastic way to build engagement. Super easy to implement and even do a mini room transformation.

  58. Angela M.

    I haven’t used this activity yet, but am excited to try it out at the beginning of the year.

  59. Bailey Scott

    Thank you!!

  60. Jamie Starling

    This is going to be so much fun this fall!

  61. Buyer

    This item takes some prep and setup time, so leave yourself time. The activities are engaging and the students enjoyed them. I would do this as an entire class with my grade 3’s in the future. When we tried it this year, it was the first of this type of activity they had done and my current class struggled a bit. The activity took longer than I had anticipated.

  62. Buyer

    My 3rd graders loved this.

  63. A Southern Mess Teacher

    Love this!

  64. Rachel M.

    This will be great to use next year to help my students learn the rules and procedures.

  65. Teaching on the Land


  66. They Whine So I Wine

    This was fun!

  67. Jillian C.

    A little cutesy but my students enjoyed!

  68. Cristal W.

    This will be so fun for my gifted 2nd graders!!

  69. Ivy R.

    Great resource!

  70. Amber E.

    Very easy to set up and my students had fun doing it. Great activity for the first week of school.

  71. Buyer

    Just what I was looking for! Thank you!

  72. Katie A

    Looking forward to using this!!!

  73. Diana Allred

    Looks great and saves me time as a first-year teacher! Looks fun and engaging for the students while hitting the content needed.

  74. Allyson M.


  75. Andrea Launi

    My class really enjoyed this! Thanks!

  76. Amy W.

    Very fun and engaging!

  77. Robin P.

    Looking forward to use this. Thanks

  78. Debbie P.

    This will be great for reinforcing the rules.

  79. Elizabeth M.

    Can’t wait to use this upon my return to the classroom after being away for maternity leave!

  80. Rachel G.

    Used this as a fun way to review when we came back from break!

  81. Buyer

    Very organized. Can’t wait to use!

  82. Shelby H.

    Fun the for class!

  83. Angela F.

    I wish there was an editable version so I could modify it for use in my library. It’s perfect for classroom use, though.

  84. Nikki J.

    Awesome so fun to use

  85. Kalen J.

    My students were so engaged during the first day of school thanks to you! So fun!

  86. That Blonde Haired Teacher

    My kiddos loved the last one I bought from Teresa! I can’t wait to use this Escape Room to review rules when we return from break!! 🙂 Thanks!

  87. MacKenzie D

    The kids loved this!

  88. Mickelle B.

    This is great! Thanks!

  89. Mrs Shipleys Classroom

    Thank you so much for this amazing product!

  90. Curriculum Craze


  91. Kelly S.

    Great resource. Lots of fun to do WHOLE GROUP at the beginning of the year (unless your kids have done Escape Rooms before, then use teams).

  92. Jenna F.

    Anything by this seller is awesome!

  93. Natasha W.

    Love this! I will use it again next year and maybe even after the Christmas holiday.

  94. Oodles of Goodies

    All of the Cracking the Classroom Code Games are so amazing!

  95. Deb L.

    Wonderful!! I saved ink and only printed the last few pages.

  96. LaVon N.

    Looks fun and engaging!

  97. Buyer

    Glad to find this and looking forward to getting my students pumped!

  98. Buyer

    Such a fun concept! My kids love it!

  99. Tiffany H.

    This was a lot of work to put together, but my students loved it!

  100. The Southern Teacher


  101. Taylor H.

    I am very excited to use this activity! It is very well prepared and organized. I am looking forward to using it after winter break to review classroom rules, expectations, and procedures in a fun and engaging way.

  102. Brenda R.

    great product

  103. Buyer

    These are great! I have a few of these activities and they are all wonderful.

  104. Buyer

    Played this as a whole class – It’s a great game! I wish I would have broken the students into groups – you make that so easy to do with this resource! I think it would be more fun and challenging in groups, as the strong ones in the class tended to take over.

  105. Keitha C.

    I can’t wait to use this!

  106. Pamala D.

    It was not editable, so I have to screen shot and alter some things to fit my classroom. Thank you!

  107. Buyer

    A fun way to review procedures!

  108. Samantha D.

    Well thought out and perfect for reviewing!

  109. Third and Goal

    So fun and worth the time to put it together. We loved it!!!

  110. From STEM to Library

    Love this! Fantastic & thorough. Thanks!

  111. Mlle Buckland

    Great fun. If there was a way you could make a slightly simpler instruction page, that would be great! It would make assembly easier.

  112. Christy D.


  113. Megan M.

    So fun!

  114. Buyer

    What a fun and creative activity! My grade 3s will love it!

  115. Valerie B.

    Such a fun activity to do the first week of school. It was great to get to know the students… and observe who became leaders and who sat back.

  116. Jonsey P.

    My students love this troll hunt. This item has everything you need to get students familiar with classroom rules and procedures.

  117. Cheryl B.

    Love this. Thanks

  118. Casey M.

    This was a fun activity to do with the class but it was a little long for my students. Some of the puzzles were pretty challenging for them.

  119. Buyer

    Looks fun – can’t wait to try it – thanks!

  120. Buyer

    Thanks, great back to school idea.

  121. Dorian B.

    A lot of prep but worth it

  122. LeeAnn Schumacher

    My students LOVED this.

  123. Barbara C.


  124. Michele Frayer

    This looks great! Fun way to start the year!

  125. Tales of a Looping Teacher

    This product made for a fun first Friday of school!

  126. Brian J H.

    Thank you

  127. JoAnn J.

    Looking forward to using this fun way to review rules and procedures!

  128. Kearsten C.

    So fun!!!!

  129. Wendy W.

    Absolutely cannot wait to use this with my kids this week!!! Thanks for another wonderful resource!!!

  130. Irina B.

    Amazing activity!

  131. Shannon G.

    Really fun!

  132. Connie W.

    This is really cute. I can’t wait to use this. We are trying new and interesting things this year and this is one of them.

  133. Candace R.

    Absolutely love it!! It is so easy to put together and the directions are very clear. I can’t wait to try this the second week of school.

  134. Jaime K.

    This looks like so much fun, I can’t wait to begin the year with it! It’s very detailed and organized well – the directions were awesome, thank you!

  135. Karen W.

    What a creative way to review rules and procedures. I’m looking forward to testing it out in September. Thank you.

  136. Molly J.

    Looks like a lot of fun. Thank you!

  137. Jill M.

    really neat – look forwarding to using another one!

  138. Marsha M.

    Really fun for the students! They have had a great time completing the activities. Thanks!

  139. Elissa C.

    Wish there was an option that made the file able to edit. I would love to be able to personalize this doc specific to my classroom. I love this activity!

  140. lindy T.

    I love this idea! I am so excited to use this next week.

  141. Julia Stevenson

    My students love it!

  142. Misty Z.

    So colorful and fun, perfect for 3rd graders!

  143. elizabeth E.

    I love the cute trolls 🙂

  144. Christi M.

    This was a blast

  145. Helen Jo Morse

    These games are really fun! I think I should have all the 3rd grade versions by now 🙂

  146. Bre Rubin

    Can’t wait to use this!

  147. Lory Evans


  148. Erin H.

    I can’t wait to use this with my kids!! It seems like such a fun way to make an otherwise “boring” topic fun and engaging! Thank you 🙂

  149. Jennifer F.

    Thank you.

  150. Janice J.

    Love It

  151. View from the Chalkboard

    Cant wait to use this!

  152. Lisa Rounds

    Very cool! Can’t wait to see what the kids think!

  153. Sarah Siegel

    My kids LOVED this – thank you!

  154. hannah karras

    A+ Work! My kids absolutely loved doing this the first week of school. It not only taught procedures but also team work.

  155. Tana M.

    I’m so excited to use this in my 3rd grade classroom!!!

  156. Amanda Brock

    This activity is excellent! I can’t wait to use this to review rules and procedures.

  157. Hayden G.

    Perfect way to start the year!

  158. Holly Rushton

    I just downloaded this purchase and I am soo excited to prep it for the beginning of the year! I know my students will really enjoy kicking those trolls out of the classroom :). The instructions were very clear and the whole product is very thorough. Thanks!

  159. Buyer

    Excited to use this!!

  160. Sarah Young

    Awesome detail and instructions!

  161. Mommy Hedrick

    Very fun! My Friday activity!

  162. Andrea D.

    Awesome activity!

  163. brittany billay

    I am so excited to use this with my Grade 4 class. What a great way to introduce classroom procedures that is fun and interactive!!!

  164. Sharp Stuff

    So excited to use this on Monday. I hate teaching procedures but this will make the process more fun for everyone.

  165. Emily V.

    Can’t wait to try this with my new 3rd graders!

  166. Natasha B.

    What a great way to get to know the students in your class and build team work!

  167. Mel Bee’s Resources

    I can’t wait to use this resource this upcoming school year.

  168. sarah D.

    I cannot wait to use this!

  169. Victoria Celis Castillo

    A very engaging way to practice classroom procedures. I’m still in the middle of prepping them all, but they look great and I think I figured out a way to cut down on my prep time 🙂 I’ve bought quite a few of these, and that was my biggest struggle, but I did two of the escapes last year and my students LOVED them so I really wanted to get more. Thank you so much!

  170. Aaryn F.

    Looking forward to using this resource. Back to school is going to be fun.

  171. Karen Fabian

    Love the idea that we start the year working cooperatively to solve a mystery.

  172. Adamston3rd

    Thanks for doing all the work for me! Love escape rooms

  173. Meredith B.

    Thanks! Looking forward to using this!

  174. Angela F.

    So excited to try this. I love your math ones.

  175. AQeelah M.

    Your creativity is AWESOME! Thank you!

  176. Ashley J.

    Great way to get students engaged from the very beginning!

  177. Jennifer D.

    I am so excited to use this with my third graders on the first day of school! So much better than just going over the rules over and over again!

  178. Buyer

    Very detailed, organized, and engaging. I cannot wait to use it with my kids! Thanks!

  179. Teach Grow Inspire

    I can’t wait to use this! Thanks!

  180. Bonnie W.

    I think this will be awesome for my 4th graders. I just need to read through the instructions and get it all set up.

  181. Eva G.

    As with your other Cracking the Code games, I highly recommend this product. You can tell that is is very carefully planned and has everything you need to implement immediately. Thank you for sharing!

  182. Fun in 403

    Very creative!

  183. Chandra J.

    Great resource

  184. Teaching with APPitude

    This is perfect for my third graders. I am starting the year with TROLLS! Thank you so much. Such a bargain with 140 pages! WOW

  185. Elementary Teacher’s Pet


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