Make state testing prep and practicing test-taking strategies exciting and engaging with a zombie testing plaguethemed escape room! The best part? This escape room lesson is more than just fun, it actually involves practicing standardized testing strategies as well!
The Premise: Testing prep has made students and teachers turn into zombies. Students will complete four challenges to get the necessary ingredients for the antidote created by Dr. Lotsabrains before time runs out and the testing zombie epidemic becomes permanent.
•Puzzles for universal test-taking strategies (finding keywords/phrases, crossing off answers you know are wrong, perseverance, and checking your answers)
•Passage on the importance of reading everything with multiple-choice questions
•Cipher code secret message
•Positive attitude vs. negative attitude thought sort puzzles
•Written ASCA and CASEL aligned lesson plan
•Detailed directions for prep and lesson, including pictures
•Materials for running escape room in scavenger hunt format (challenge answers are clues to next antidote location) or challenge format (the answer to each clue is an antidote ingredient, groups solve each clue to collect them all)
Students also have to use other social skills in their work with teams/groups as well, making this a doubly impactful lesson. Use this escape room with a small group in your office or with an entire class in a classroom. Escape room is designed for a 45 minute classroom lesson or 30-35 minute small group session. It was created with 3rd-5th grade in mind.
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What others are saying...
“This quickly became one of my favorite lessons I’ve done all year. Thank you so much for taking the time to create it! My fifth graders often get a little bored with test prep, but this kept them incredibly engaged. FYI – it takes awhile to get everything prepped, but it’s worth it!!”
“This escape room was SOOO much fun and the perfect activity to end our test taking review. The kids absolutely loved it! Everything is very carefully planned out and all you have to do is print and go. I laminated everything so we can use this for years to come. Thank you for creating this amazing activity!”
“This was a last minute purchase. I bought it Thursday morning and put it all together after school for Friday. It took me maybe an hour. The kids absolutely loved it. I have a group that has a hard time working in groups, so I was a little hesitant, but there was ZERO fighting or arguing during this! They were so engaged!”