It is always nice to know that some of your most fun resources are standards-aligned, and these 15+ educational digital escape rooms for middle school ELA are precisely that!
The older I get, the more certain I am of 2 things related to teaching middle school students.
First, middle school students need to move around and talk to their friends. They honestly can’t help it. They are physically and socially developing at a rate that requires constant movement and talking.
And second, in order to overcome those inherent middle school needs, I have to find resources that allow students to collaborate and move around a bit.
Unfortunately, activities and resources created by our traditional textbooks rarely pick up on these middle school needs. In those textbooks, students are often stuck reading independently and answering questions or participating in canned discussions that are less ‘discussion’ and more interview-style question-and-answer sessions.
That is why I focus on finding and creating resources that are standard-aligned AND allow for collaboration and movement.
One of my favorite types of resources that do this is digital escape rooms.
What is an educational digital escape room?
An educational digital escape room is a series of tasks that students complete in an effort to figure out the codes needed to ‘unlock’ the next clue, eventually allowing them to ‘escape’ their digital room.
As these are digital escape rooms, they are all created to be completely digital, and the escape rooms that I make can either be printed off or accessed on a computer.
Where’s the movement?
Now, you may think that a digital escape room doesn’t allow for as much movement as an actual escape room, and you’d be right.
Although it would be great for students to do the type of escape rooms that allow them to race around the room or even the school, it is overwhelming to try to get all those pieces set up and replaced each class period. I like to opt instead for digital escape rooms, but I let students find different spaces in the room to work. They can stand, lay on the ground, even lie on couches or sit on desks…whatever they need to be comfortable.
Digital Escape Rooms can be Individual or Group Activities.
I like that digital escape rooms can be completed individually or in groups.
The digital escape rooms are self-checking, so students can work through the escape rooms at their own pace, and they don’t need me to be available immediately to check their codes before they can move on.
Often, I like to make printable versions of the escape rooms available so that everyone in the group can see the pieces to each puzzle or problem, or the group can work through the puzzle by manipulating the pieces on the floor or a table. Once they find their answer, they can put their answers into the digital version to see if they’re right! If they aren’t, they can review their work to figure out where they went wrong, but if they’re right, they can move on to the next puzzle.
Educational digital escape rooms are great for use in the week before or after a holiday break. They allow the students to celebrate the holiday while also working on skills they need to master. In this post we discuss how you can use our digital escape rooms all year long, so if you are loving this concept, be sure to check it out!
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15+ Digital Escape Rooms to Choose From
Since these educational digital escape rooms are so popular with my students, I use them frequently throughout the year. In fact, we have several digital escape rooms in the store that are focused on various holidays.
I like to pull out new escape rooms the week before a holiday or the week after a more extended break. These digital escape rooms give my students a little more freedom to move around and talk with others in a productive way.
You can learn more by exploring the 15+ educational digital escape rooms in The Sparkly Notebook store right now!
I truly felt like I had hit the lottery when I discovered the power of escape rooms and digital escape rooms. Now that I have all these educational digital escape rooms built out, they are standards-based, and I have multiple topics to choose from. I feel like I’ve got a whole treasure trove of resources that allow my students to move around and collaborate the way they need to. They also allow me to give them that opportunity while knowing that they are being challenged and working toward our class goals all at the same time.
Hopefully, you’ll love them as much as I do!