Cracking the Classroom Code™ Synonyms, Antonyms, Homophones Escape Room


Will your class escape in time? Try this escape room style game with your students today!
Their dog Max has escaped, and students must find him before he gets take to the pound. They only have 45 to find him!


Will your class escape in time? Try this escape room style game with your students today!
Their dog Max has escaped, and students must find him before he gets take to the pound. They only have 45 to find him!
Students must solve a string of ELA questions and clues based on synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and homographs to escape this risky situation. 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 literacy 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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262 reviews for Cracking the Classroom Code™ Synonyms, Antonyms, Homophones Escape Room

  1. Kimberly N.

    Fun. High engagement.

  2. Laurie Gierke


  3. Amy S.

    Love this resource!

  4. Shalyse Thomas

    Thank you!

  5. Texas Teach ‘Em

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

  6. Catherine R.

    This was an awesome tool for my classroom!

  7. Shannon A.

    This looks like a lot of fun. Can’t wait to try it.

  8. Rachel Gray

    This was an amazing resource. We had so much fun! We did this during our glow day celebration so we were running around in the dark with our flashlights working out our clues. Very thorough directions and resource! Loved this!

  9. Jenna A.

    So fun. Looking forward to purchasing others.

  10. Thomas L.

    Can’t wait to use this resource!

  11. Shauna R.

    great activity

  12. Rachel T.


  13. Tammy Griffiths

    Great resource!

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  15. Gina L.

    Really made the students think!

  16. Buyer

    My students had so much fun with this review and they were highly enagaed!

  17. Wendy E.

    Great resource! Thanks!

  18. Kahn T.

    Great resource.

  19. Connie Thompson

    Great Resource

  20. Buyer

    Super fun!

  21. Casey C.


  22. Christina W.

    Such a great classroom resource!

  23. Carolyn K.

    A fun resource!

  24. Melody BEITZEL

    The kids loved it! They had a fun learning experience!

  25. Jessica Phillips


  26. The Elementary Bookworm – Abby Spann

    Thank you so much! Perfect for my 5th graders.

  27. Buyer

    Fabulous resource!

  28. Mrs Milward ELA

    Such a great resource!

  29. Yocelin Q.

    Fun way to review!

  30. Melissa T.

    This was a fun one to do! I liked the QR version as we didn’t use those much this year so they kids were excited to use one. I enjoy watching the groups figure things out. This is a great product to get kids thinking more independently.

  31. Kathleen M.

    Fantastic resource!

  32. Emily P.

    Such a fun activity to keep the kids engaged!

  33. Buyer

    Second one I have purchased. My third graders get so excited with Cracking the Code. They are such a fun way to review various skills. You have to put so much work into these. Thank you!

  34. Buyer


  35. Erin P.

    Thank you for all of these escape the classrooms! The kids love them!

  36. Lauren Landry

    Fun test prep

  37. Cynthia B.

    Fantastic resource for reviewing! Highly recommend!

  38. Michelle C.

    I like that this focuses on LA skills.

  39. Sarah Vagle


  40. Shoshanna Pearson

    My students love your escape rooms! Thank you!!

  41. Tria P.

    I used this as a mini assessment to see where my students were at. They loved puzzling it out.

  42. Alexis C.

    So fun!

  43. Erica T.

    Students loved this!

  44. Melany C.

    My students get so excited when they realize we are doing one of these activities!

  45. Heather N.

    Very thorough product with tech and non-tech options.

  46. Buyer

    I am very excited to use this in my speech/language therapy setting. Easy to assemble with very thorough instructions!

  47. Andrea K.

    This takes some time to prep but the directions are very EASY to follow and I love that she included pictures of examples with everything!

  48. Kathleen Kreisel

    Obsessed with these!! Both myself and my students! Thank you!

  49. Emilee Bowles

    Super fun and engaging! If setting up for groups to play, it does take a lot of time! Definitely worth it though.

  50. Amy Herns

    The pictures taken of each packet were awesome. This helped so much with putting the packets together.

  51. Kelly B.

    Thank you

  52. Cynthia K V.

    Thanks for another great resource!

  53. Nicole R.

    This is so cute and engaging! Thank you!

  54. Sara F.

    I can’t wait to use these! Thanks for making my life easier by sharing your creative genius!

  55. Danielle Pyle

    Will definitely use again next year!

  56. Anne Marie M.

    Thank you. This is great!

  57. Alicia T.

    Love it!

  58. Tonda H.

    This was a great review at the end of the year.

  59. Bianca Knight

    Great Resource!!

  60. Kathy M.

    Thank you so much! This was just what I was looking for.

  61. Tara’s Language Arts Resources

    Excellent resource!

  62. Growing in 4th Grade

    This was great

  63. Paige R.

    This was such a fun activity to use during Test Prep! My students were so engaged.

  64. Shauna B.

    This is the first one I used. I felt that it was a great way to introduce them to my students.

  65. Rebecca W.

    took time to put together but kids loved it

  66. Sarah R.

    Kids loved playing it

  67. Gisele Amero

    This is a great resource to use and the students really enjoyed it. Students were engaged and learning. A wonderful way to review.

  68. Katrina B.

    great engaging activities for the end of the year 🙂

  69. Bianca M.

    Love this

  70. Lindsay Lock

    My students had so much fun doing this escape room! It was great practice for our third grade reading skills standardized test.

  71. Teacher’s Helpers for Little Hands

    Great product and great instructions on how to put everything together!

  72. Jennifer S.


  73. Michele Rzepa

    Great activity!

  74. Elizabeth Simpson

    My students loved this! Great review. 🙂

  75. cathy Z.

    This was a GREAT review of figurative language! My third graders had fun doing it and I could assess their knowledge of the content by listening to their conversations. Thank you for a great product!

  76. juli G.


  77. Fabulous with Firsties

    Just what I needed – thanks!

  78. Jeffrey K.

    Very good product!

  79. Shannon S.

    Absolutely loved doing this with my class!

  80. Lori F.

    Students love it.

  81. Lori B.

    Can’t wait to use this!

  82. Kristy Luperon

    I can’t wait to give this a try 🙂

  83. Jessica H.

    I love this resource and my students do too! Such a great way to practice these language skills.

  84. Teach Grow Inspire

    This was perfect! Thanks

  85. Victoria A.

    Awesome resource

  86. Lindsey O.

    My students and I loved this one! Thank you so much!

  87. Danielle F.


  88. Skyler W.

    Even though I shoud’ve read it more to see that technology would be most useful, we have done just fine with the other cards that don’t require it. Thank You!

  89. Genna F.

    LOVED THIS!!!!

  90. Ashley Bell

    Such a fun activity! Thank you!

  91. Valerie Gladd

    Amazing! Kids loved it!

  92. Ashley Darney

    using for summer school! Can’t wait.

  93. Elisabeth Jones

    I LOVE your escape rooms! Keep ’em coming!

  94. Kayla Campbell

    Loved this as a FUN way to prep. and review for testing season!

  95. Traci M.

    I’ve prepped this activity but haven’t used yet. I am tying into an after school fun event with a dog theme. We will conclude with dog-themed treats and have a four-legged special guest.

  96. Buyer

    I can’t wait to use this for my final session in speech therapy. Looking through the escape room, the activity is fun and the kids don’t know they are still working on speech goals!

  97. Bahrt’s Bunch

    Great product!

  98. Sarah L.


  99. Julianne D.

    I can’t wait to use this!

  100. Chanelle H.

    Thank You so much! I will use this over and over

  101. Natasha D.

    My students LOVED this activity. There was a little bit of prep that had to be done beforehand! I love that once it is prepped you are ready to go and can use it multiple times.

  102. Stephanie P.

    Great resource!

  103. Jodi B.

    Love all her products!

  104. Brittney Sanders

    These are great for assessing a skill and going above and beyond!

  105. jenepher M.

    Awesome resource!

  106. kelly M.

    Thank you so much! The kids had a blast searching for the clues 🙂

  107. Alyson G.

    We had a blast doing this in my classroom!

  108. Bette K.

    Looking forward to use this with my classes. Very creative. Thank you.

  109. Sara A.

    Such a great idea! This has been a great way to review these skills with my students. Thank you!

  110. Buyer

    can’t wait to use…looks very thorough

  111. Katy Marshall

    Such a fun way to work on content! My kids LOVED it!

  112. Tara St Clair

    Can’t wait to use this with my students!

  113. Amanda L.

    My students loved this activity-so fun and engaging!

  114. Marilyn M.

    So excited to use this! It is very thorough and well-planned.

  115. Maggie S.

    My class loved this activity!! I have purchased several of these so now set up is quick and easy!

  116. jolee O.


  117. Buyer


  118. Terri Fontenot

    Kids loved this activity! I loved it!

  119. Megan G

    This allowed my class to be so engaged during review!!!

  120. Laura Kealey

    My students enjoyed this activity. However the prep time involved was a lot, especially since I did 4 groups. Also I wish each group had different clues so that it wasn’t spoiled when one group went over to the markers to find a clue.

  121. Rachel B.

    This was cute and good if you don’t have locks to use. Unfortunately, the clues are designed to where students can’t open locks with the answers, but it was still really fun for the students.

  122. rebecca B.

    My students absolutely loved this challenge.

  123. heather S.

    I look forward to using this.

  124. Tabitha G.

    The kids LOVED this!!!!

  125. Karen H.

    My students love the challenge of this escape room.

  126. Kimberly B.

    Fun review!

  127. Katelyn F.

    My students loved cracking the code

  128. Donna O.

    I did this last year with my students at the end of the school year. I plan on doing it again this year. It is very interactive and it gets the students up and out of their seats.

  129. Kaedra C.

    My class LOVED this! We did it as a whole group this time, but I hope to do more of them in small groups in the future. This was the perfect review of these concepts for my fifth graders without having to spend too much time on it.

  130. Julie B.

    Great practice!

  131. Stacy M

    Good product, I recommend doing this with a smaller group setting.

  132. ROSILAND J.

    Great resource I can’t wait to use in my classroom.

  133. Adrienne M.

    My students LOVE these!

  134. Elizabeth A.

    My students had a lot of fun with this! Thanks!

  135. Codelyn Willis

    Great Resource! My students loved it! Super engaging! A+!

  136. Ashley Z.

    Students had so much fun with this! Thank you!

  137. rebecca D.

    My students loved this activity. They kept asking when we could do another one! Your crack the codes never disappoint.

  138. Buyer

    Need more things like this! My students love this! They are now notice if I have any envelopes around the room and get excited!

  139. DINA M.

    Very creative and engaging for the kids.

  140. Elaine Berman

    Everything I needed in one place! I laminated everything so that I can reuse it – took some time to put together – but my students absolutely loved it!!!!

  141. Jessica C.

    This was great! My HSP class loved it!

  142. Cheri Ingle

    Great resource!! Love doing these!

  143. Paige H.

    My students loved this activity!

  144. Aimee C.

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

  145. Carla W.

    Excited to use this later in the year.

  146. Kelly K.

    So adorable and fun!!! 🙂

  147. Kasey B.

    Love these but the prep takes a little bit of time!

  148. MrsJMoore

    Can’t wait to do this with my kids! Thanks!

  149. Buyer

    I can’t wait to use it! Thanks!

  150. Katherine Chavarria

    I absolutely love this. Thank you for providing such a fun, rigorous task for my students!

  151. Kristi S.

    This resource is wonderful! I am very visual and the pictures made this entire process simple! My middle school daughter worked through it once I put it all together to make sure I did it correctly and she enjoyed doing it. I can’t wait to use it with my 4th graders this week and I will be back for more! Love the organization!

  152. Anna M.

    My 2nd graders loved this! They needed help with the homographs section as we don’t teach this concept but they loved it and got excited to solve the mystery! Can’t wait to try more!

  153. Madison DeYoung


  154. Iris Espinoza

    With Escape Rooms being so popular, this is perfect. Bought more of them. Thank you!

  155. Sharon V.

    So much fun for the students!

  156. Tara M.

    What an awesome way to have students practice language arts content. Very organized and easy to put together!!!!

  157. Cassi S.

    So excited to do this with my kids!

  158. Taylor Molitor

    This is great! I love the option of having multiple groups going at once or whole class!

  159. Renae M.

    We used this as a reading reward. My class really had fun. Thank you for your creativity.

  160. Sarah Foster

    This looks so fun! I’m looking forward to doing this with my students!

  161. Shelby E.

    Love ALL your work!

  162. Allison B.

    my kids loved this

  163. Denise H.

    I am excited to use this!

  164. Priscilla B.

    This will be a fun review game for my students!

  165. Caity H.

    I love using this product in my classroom!

  166. Thipamala M.

    I really appreciate this resource. Thanks so much for providing it to us.

  167. Susan J.

    Thank you for this terrific resource. Beats setting up Break Out Boxes!

  168. I Can in Fourth

    I cannot wait to use this

  169. Brittany Boxler

    So excited to use this after we cover homo-phones/graphs

  170. Stacie B.

    Wonderful resource!

  171. Frances Adams

    I LOVE all of her escape rooms. They’re great for student engagement.

  172. Saamone G.

    This games was so fun to play with my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. It was a great way to learn and have fun at the same time. Thanks for this amazing resource!

  173. Brianna Bender

    My 4th graders had a blast with this escape room! It was so much fun to see them work together to solve the clues.

  174. Jenny T.


  175. Lauren H.

    I love your cracking the codes for my 3rd graders! They are so engaged!

  176. Leah C.

    Love doing this with my kids! So interactive!

  177. Julie B.

    This is great! My students loved it! Thanks!

  178. Kelsey K.

    A fun review!

  179. Emily B.

    My kiddos love these for reviewing! 🙂

  180. Jaimie W.

    My first escape classroom activity! Very clear direction… can’t wait to use it in my self contained class.

  181. Buyer

    This looks like great fun. I can’t wait to use it with my students.

  182. Debbie S.

    My students loved this game! I can’t wait to check out more of them!

  183. Cynthia Vautrot

    Love all things that make my students really use their brains!

  184. Karen T.

    Thank you.

  185. Daniela Lubbe

    Fun, thank you

  186. Kristin D.

    My kids loved cracking the code and can’t wait to do another one! Thank you!

  187. Never A Dull Moment

    WOW! We did this earlier this week and my students (and I) loved it. They were engaged, challenged, and encouraged to persevere. I was a bit intimidated at the set up initially, but I’m so glad I bought it because the directions are SO organized and it was so easy to set up, even for 6 different groups. I can’t wait to set up the punctuation one in a few months!

  188. Maria A.

    My children absolutely love these!


    As always, perfect!

  190. Stephanie C.

    Love it!!

  191. Alli L.

    Thank you for the great resource 🙂

  192. La’Tasha J.

    We loved these in my Elective! Thank you!

  193. Penny W.

    My students love these – very engaging!

  194. Lauren N.

    Great! Students loved it

  195. Courtney G.

    When I first started to put this together I got a little confused on what each item was. When I figured out how it all went together it was great! My class had a lot of fun using this!

  196. Dorothy A.

    Students in my dog-themed classroom enjoyed this product!

  197. Amanda Younger

    I can’t wait to use this with my students! They’ve loved the other games from this series.

  198. Buyer

    This is such a great way to review and get students fully involved!!!

  199. Stacy Adams

    My students enjoy these, thank you!

  200. Teresa Tretbar

    Love how this is so organized!

  201. Little Library of Learning

    I have been dying to try an “Escape the Room” activity in my Library. Thanks for this!

  202. Melynda Frederick

    My students had a lot of fun with this resource. It was a lot of work initially but it was definitely worth the effort.

  203. Courtney F.

    My kids love these!

  204. Andrea Fisher

    Great end of unit activity! My kids LOVED finding Max! Thank you!

  205. The Vibrant VA Studies Shop and More

    I’m really looking forward to using these with my students. I’m sure it’ll be a hit!

  206. Allison L.

    My kids LOVE your Cracking the Classroom Code activities! These provide great practice and make it FUN. Thank you!

  207. Learning with Miss LaGrow

    Engaging as always!

  208. Sarah Olson

    My students love these activities!

  209. Bridget D.

    I can’t wait to use this resource!

  210. Sherri

    Awesome! All I need is included!

  211. Cindy K.

    Thank you! I have several of your resources and my students and I have enjoyed them all. I’m certain this one will be just as fun.

  212. Julie D.


  213. Jessica G.

    My students enjoyed this activity a lot.

  214. Kelly W.

    This is great thank you!

  215. rachel C.

    my kids love these projects. a little hard for beginning third grade going to use again at end

  216. Kim H.

    Fabulous! Very comprehensive

  217. Leticia A.

    Thank you. My tutoring students enjoyed this activity.

  218. Amy B.

    I did this with my whole class; however, I had them borken up into groups. The next time I do this I will make sure to tell the kids to NOT pay attention to what the other groups are doing. One group decided to get a clue before they were ready! They got totally confused. The entire activity was a blast- I just need to be very clear with directions!

  219. Karen Jobmann

    Takes a little setting up but really fun activity

  220. Lorin Hosmer


  221. Christina S.

    I did this over the summer with ESL summer school. They loved it so much – I am doing it again during this school year! Thanks!

  222. Katie B.

    Fun resource!

  223. Lisa W.

    Great resource. Very thorough directions. Can’t wait to use.

  224. Allison S.

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

  225. Barbara C.


  226. Buyer

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

  227. Sneaking into Second

    Amazing resource! Thank you 🙂

  228. Kayla P.


  229. Alana G.

    Excited to use this!

  230. Nathan H.

    Awesome Product! Thank you for sharing!

  231. Lynx

    These look amazing! My children are just going to love using them I’m sure! Thank you for sharing!

  232. Amanda S.

    I can’t wait to try this in the classroom!

  233. Kaitlin N.

    This looks so fun! I can’t wait to use this with my students!

  234. Melissa L.

    I can’t wait to use this awesome unit! Nicely done!

  235. Kristina L.

    So much fun! Instant engagement, even with my reluctant learners.

  236. Erin H.

    I love this! What a fun and engaging way to review these skills. I can’t wait to try more of your products!

  237. Janice J.

    Love It

  238. Buyer

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

  239. Sarah A.

    Can’t wait to use with my 5th graders!

  240. Jennifer Gurley

    Love these!

  241. Heather M.

    This was really fun for our school age group

  242. Wrinkle Your Brain

    A great idea. An “Escape Room” for my elementary students.

  243. Elizabeth B.

    My class LOVED these! I did them as a group activity and it worked perfectly for 3rd grade!

  244. Mommy Hedrick

    Very fun! My Friday activity!

  245. Tracy G.

    This is amazing! I am so excited to play this with my kids in the fall.! Thank you!

  246. Dana K.

    Hoping my students love these escape room challenges this year! Thanks!

  247. Early Childhood Fun

    So excited about this purchase. It looks amazing!

  248. Diane B.

    My class will love saving Max! This is a great interactive review game to play at the end of our unit. My class will be engaged throughout this whole game. Thanks!

  249. Sarah B.

    My kids will love this kind of engaging activity!

  250. Greg Q.

    Students could not get enough of this activity!!

  251. Megan C.

    I absolutely recommend all of the Crack the Code activities!

  252. Angela Sandgren

    OMGosh…I am so excited about this product! I’ve used Breakout EDU in my classroom but it gets expensive purchasing locks, etc. This will take time to assemble but will be well worth it.

  253. Kathleen S.

    Love this for getting kids involved in word study at the beginning of the year! Thank YOU!

  254. In This Classroom

    So much fun!

  255. Melissa T.

    This is a great resource! I look forward to using it with my students! Thanks!

  256. Jackie O.

    I can’t wait to try this with my fourth graders. It is easy to follow. Thanks

  257. Kathryn A.

    Just starting to use this format and am sure the students will love this

  258. Having a Ball with Mrs Hall

    Adorable! I cannot wait to use it. Thank you!!!

  259. My Many Misadventures of Teaching

    What a great resource! My students will love this!

  260. Donna R.

    Thank you for the resource! I am excited to use it with my students.

  261. Tamara G.

    Great resource. Students love it and very easy to use. Thanks

  262. Elementary Teacher’s Pet

    I LOVE that you are making the ELA versions for these games. My students absolutely love them!

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