I create a LOT of activities for the middle school math classroom, but I am particularly excited about this one. I’ve always liked the idea of escape rooms and I finally came across the perfect topic in my curriculum to implement one – Two-Step Equations Word Problems! However, this isn’t your ordinary escape room! Keep reading to see how this one works!
(Get 25% off this activity and the entire lesson on Aug 4th & 5th, 2020!) *Individual activity to be released on the 4th*
You’ll start by hiding nine clues around your room (for example, under a window, by your lunchbox, and near the clock to name a few).
Step 2: Send Students on a Mission to Escape
Students will follow a first clue, given by you, to several other clues hidden around the room. They must solve these problems by setting up and solving two-step equations.
Where will they find the next clue? They must work as a team to decipher the next hiding spot by reading what is “up next.”
Step 3: DECODE the Final Challenge
Ok, this is where it gets interesting! Take a look at a snapshot of the student answer sheet…
See the gray shapes? The number from their answer that falls into each shape will be plugged into a “final challenge” (see snapshot below)… a final DANCE CHALLENGE! Don’t tell your students that they are expected to perform a dance to “escape,” that is half the fun of unveiling the challenge!
I cannot wait to hear how your students liked solving two-step equations word problems in this challenge! Be sure to come back to this page and let us all know! Bonus points if you leave photos!