Complete Catalog of ELA Escape Room Resources

I felt like I found the Holy Grail for teachers when I used an escape room in my class for the first time.

After all, doesn't every teacher want instant classroom engagement, just by taking advantage of an innate characteristic of every middle school student?


After I wrote about the kids' amazing feedback on their breakout experiences, I started getting about a gazillion questions about a list of escape rooms and skills (okay, 😉 maybe not quite a gazillion). So I decided that the best place for that would be right here.

Every single one requires close readingteam-building, and critical thinking. Every single one is also interactive and immersive. And each one includes a focus skill (in bold), as well as other skills to practice.

Additionally, each escape activity includes congratulatory awards, exit slips, and a useful takeaway with notes about the focus skill.

Take a look. And don't hesitate to ask questions. I'm shooting for a gazillion. 😂

Promoting Movement in the Secondary Classroom

Make your class more engaging by using strategies that require students to move around. They will LOVE it! #teachingstrategies #secondaryela #activelearning #teachingbestpractice #movement #middleschool #middleschoolelaOur new middle school ELA chairperson was clearly not familiar with middle grade kids.

"They certainly are...wiggly... aren't they?"

Then his eyes widened in mock horror as he leaned over to whisper, "And they pass quite a lot of gas."

Yep. My middle schoolers are wiggly and stinky.

And ornery. And sweet.

Simultaneously. Which is why I love them. 💓

There are plenty of days when we have to teach kids self-control. So I try to let them work out their "wiggles" by incorporate movement when possible. It can be very simple.

While I wish these methods would fix our middle school flatulence problems, I can't make that promise. You're on your own with the gas. ;)

11 Escape Room Benefits, According to Kids

Most of my students made it out of the forest alive.

Whew. 😉
After an awesome ESCAPE ROOM, we charted advice to our future selves about things we can do to be successful during our next classroom breakout adventure. Every single suggestion is an important learning skill!  #escaperoom #classroomfun #learningisfun #middleschool #elalessons #elalessonsformiddleschool #schoolpartyideas
Watching their engagement as they immersed themselves in the breakout activity was thrilling. I was so proud of their problem solving and teamwork. Now the kids were chomping at the bit to share their experiences. So we charted advice to our future selves about things we can do to be successful during our next classroom breakout adventure.

It only took a second to see that these kids had tapped into something HUGE. Every bit of advice was also a REASON to engage in more escape rooms.

This is when I knew we were onto something with these escape rooms.Not only can they reinforce and/or introduce content, they do so much more! They tap into soft skills that we talk about and encourage every single day until we're sick of ourselves. Or is that just me? 😏

Take a look; you'll be inspired! And scroll down for a FREE classroom escape, as well as a link for tips you can use to create your own breakout.