It is so much fun but really makes the kids think.
I did my first BreakoutEDU last year with 1st and 2nd grade and they did a great job and figured out the clues. Inside the box you can leave a treat or a prize or some kind. I have been putting in a coupon for free Cozy Corner time in the library and teachers have offered homework passes and class rewards.
On their website you register to learn more and they will send you a password that will get you into all of their games. The games are written by teachers and are all done in Google Drive you so you can save them easily. They cost $0.00, and we thank them for that. If you buy the kit from them you will get it a few weeks or you can buy locks yourself and try to find a box. I did buy myself at first but then I wrote and was awarded a grant by my education foundation and was able to purchase 15 kits from BreakoutEDU.
I started looking at lessons on the site and I joined the online community on Facebook. There are so many lessons and helpful people out there and it is catching on like crazy.
I have written a few of my own too. I wrote one for my staff to do for inservice and it was a 100% failure. It was so hard and what I thought was easy to follow wasn't. As my friend said, "Yeah it was easy if we were in your head!" I guess they weren't in my head.
I did a breakout with 5th grade this week and the one clue that hung all the kids up was a word that rhymed with chill. The answer was drill but to my horror they didn't get it. I don't know if it is a word they don't use or if they were just tired. Like any good teacher I think if 85% missed it then I need to re-teach rhyming words. Or maybe they don't do woodwork with their daddy like I did:-)
|5th Grade almost ran out of time|
|5th Grade - they did it|
|Plenty of time to spare|
|2nd Grade - they worked hard|
|2nd grade - they did it and still had 5 minutes|
I hope everybody checks this out.