Testing season is officially underway, so I've been preparing my students for the upcoming STAAR Writing exam. Thank goodness for Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT)! I stumbled across a middle school Escape Room for Revising and Editing. It mimics the adventurous game where you solve riddles and puzzles using hints and clues. In this particular activity, revising and editing questions are the puzzles that students worked through to solve. As they answered the questions, certain students were responsible for recording responses on answer sheets while others were responsible for entering correct codes into iPads to be granted access to other stations. Students whose answers were incorrect weren't able to move forward. The activity required students to work together in teams. The first group that solved all 4 stations first won and was rewarded.
This activity required organization and preparation. I stayed after school the day before to get everything ready. I had to cut out task cards, label envelopes, set up the stations, and gather materials for each group. I wanted my classroom to be ready when students arrived. I purchased clipboards and baskets from Dollar Tree. Lanyards with student roles (Techie, Facilitator, Recorder, and Time Keeper) were provided. As mentioned earlier, each group was provided an iPad for entering codes. My students really enjoyed the activity as I anticipated. They asked if they could do it again. They most certainly will for the Reading STAAR in May! It's no surprise how engaged the kids were. I told them the day before what they'd be doing. The following morning, a student walked in and asked another girl, "What are we doing today?" She thought about it and said, "Oh yeah! We're doing the escape room! This is going to be so much fun!"
I'm grateful for online resources such as TPT and especially thankful for educators who take the time to design lessons for students. It's because of them, I'm able to provide my students with quality activities that they enjoy.