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?

Curiosity!

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. 😂

Escape the School- ELA Comprehension & Writing Activity


Your students will find themselves trapped in school by a giant who thinks they are too clever! The kids will work in teams to find a magical key that the giant has hidden. Will they #ESCAPE? #EscapeRoom #Breakout #ClassroomActivity #MiddleSchool #MiddleSchoolEscapeRoom #ELAActivity #ELAescaperoom #CloseReading #TeamBuildingSummary:

This escape room is so much fun, and it starts with an optional video to add a little bit of drama and atmosphere. 

Your students will find themselves trapped in school by a giant who thinks they are too clever. The kids will work in teams to find a magical key that the giant has hidden. Every time the kids complete a task, they will be given "bean" cards to help them crack a code that is a riddle. They will use the riddle to find the location of the key.

Focus Skills & Tasks: 

  • Close Reading of Text & Images
  • Team-Building
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Literary Devices
  • Creative Writing
  • Math Computation 
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Escape the Planet- Context Clues & Inferences


Your students are visiting relatives on the planet Nonsensica, but they can't get home, because their only intergalactic map has been torn to shreds! Will they #ESCAPE? #teambuilding #closereading #contextclues #middleschool #breakout #classroomescaperoom #FunELAActivity #teachcontextclues #vocabulary #vocabularylessons #teacher #middleschoollesson #middleschoolelalessonSummary:


The fun begins with a short optional introductory video that will have your Star Wars fans hooked! 

Your students are visiting relatives on the planet Nonsensica, but they can't get home, because their only intergalactic map has been torn to shreds! They will have to work together to decipher the nonsense language of Nonsensica and earn puzzle pieces to a new map. Along the way, they learn about some interesting creatures and situations! 

Focus Skills & Tasks:

  • Context Clues & Inferences
  • Team-Building
  • Inferences
  • Close Reading
  • Creative Writing
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Escape Room-  Back-to-School


Summary:
Kids love this back to school escape room! Use it to teach growth mindset, study skills, and classroom expectations. Will they #ESCAPE? #teambuilding #closereading  #middleschool #breakout #classroomescaperoom #FunELAActivity  #teacher #middleschoollesson #studyskills #growthmindset #teachstudying #classroomexpectations #classroomrules #backtoschool #middleschoolelalesson


This fun, nautical, back to school escape room establishes that you are the most awesome teacher in the history of the world. 😂 

Really. It starts when you arrange a beginning of the year field trip to work on team-building with your class. (Who does that? Only the most awesome teacher!) As the kids learn how to sail an old ship, things go horrible wrong when the powerful god of the sea gets 
involved! Poseidon is not happy 

with your students, and he traps them out at sea until they redeem themselves by working together to complete a series of tasks. 

Focus Skills & Tasks:

  • Growth Mindset
  • Study Skills
  • Team-Building
  • Close Reading
  • Classroom Expectations
  • Creative Writing
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Escape the Forest- Text Structure, Plot, & Idioms

Summary:
This adventure starts when your students see a mysterious girl in a red cape. They follow her into the woods and become lost. Now they have to work with an interesting cast of characters to figure out how to #ESCAPE! #closereading  #middleschool #breakout #classroomescaperoom #FunELAActivity  #teacher #middleschoollesson #teachtextstructure #textstructure #teambuilding #teachidioms #idioms #plot #middleschoolelalesson

This adventure also starts with a fun, optional video introduction that adds atmosphere and urgency. The backstory of the escape room begins with you, the most awesome and creative teacher in the history of the world, taking the kids on a picnic field trip. 

While taking a little walk, the kids become curious about a mysterious girl in a red cape. They follow her too deeply into the woods and get lost. Now they have to work with an interesting cast of characters to figure out the forest's wifi password. There's never a dull moment in this forest!

Focus Skills & Tasks:


  • Text Structure
  • Plot Elements
  • Idioms
  • Close Reading
  • Team-Building
  • Math Word Problem
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Escape the Haunted House- Halloween

Summary:
Your students will be trapped inside a haunted house forever, unless they can solve a mystery! Can they #ESCAPE? #closereading  #middleschool #breakout #classroomescaperoom #FunELAActivity  #teacher #middleschoollesson #HalloweenParty #Halloween #HauntedHouseMystery #hauntedhouse #halloweenescaperoom #halloweenbreakout #teambuilding #middleschoolelalesson

This spooktacular breakout adventure starts when your students receive a mysterious invitation to visit a local haunted house. Once they arrive, they find out their gruesome host has brought them there to solve a challenging mystery. And he will not let them leave unless they succeed!

This escape activity also begins with a short video that is totally optional.

Focus Skills & Tasks:

  • Characterization
  • Close Reading 
  • Observation
  • Riddles
  • Team-Building
  • Critical Thinking




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Escape the Snow Globe

Summary:
Your students will be trapped inside a snow globe forever, unless they can earn their way out by completing tasks! Can they #ESCAPE? #closereading  #figurativelanguagelesson #creativewriting #holidayactivity #funpartyalternative #holidaypary #middleschool #breakout #classroomescaperoom #FunELAActivity  #teacher #middleschoollesson #holidayfun #holidayescaperoom#teambuilding #middleschoolelalesson

You know how sometimes you shake a snow globe and magically end up INSIDE it? 

No? Well, it happens to your students, and they have a series of tasks to complete before they will be able to break out of the snowy world. 
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This escape room celebrates friendship. It is perfect to use during the holiday season; especially if you need an enjoyable and nondenominational holiday season activity. It takes place during a holiday celebrated in the snowy world inside the globe. 

Focus Skills & Tasks:

  • Figurative Language 
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Creative Writing
  • Team-Building
  • Critical Thinking Puzzles



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Valentine's Day Escape Room

Cupid has problems and won't let your students leave his candy factory unless they help him! Can they #ESCAPE? #Differentiated #closereading  #creativewriting #valentineactivity #funpartyalternative #valentinepary #middleschool #breakout #classroomescaperoom #FunELAActivity  #teacher #middleschoollesson #holidayfun #valentineescaperoom #teambuilding #middleschoolelalesson #creativewriting

Summary:

Cupid's got some major league problems, and not one of them is that he doesn't look anything like any Cupid you've ever seen. 💘🙈 

Your students are going to have to help him find the combination to his safe. If they don't, not only will Valentine's Day be a disaster, but they will all be stuck in Cupid's Valentine factory forever! 

This escape comes in two versions, one is mild and one is spicy. The mild one is a little easier, so it can be used for younger students or for classes with less time. The spicy one is more challenging. 

Focus Skills & Tasks:

  • Proofreading
  • Creative Writing
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Team-Building
  • Critical Thinking

This classroom adventure starts with a trip to a publishing house, to learn how magazines and books are published. While your class is there, something goes terribly wrong, and the kids have to save the day... if they can!

There is an optional video introduction that sets the tone and adds a little bit of fairytale flavor. Then students will read a comic strip and several short stories. One of the tasks requires them to compare the plot elements of an original fairytale and its fractured counterpart. Another will require kids to fracture a fairy tale themselves!

Focus Skills & Tasks:

  • Plot Elements: exposition, inciting incident, rising action, conflict, climax, falling action, resolution, protagonist, and antagonist
  • Creative Writing
  • Team Building
  • Close Reading
  • Critical Thinking
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Teaching with escape rooms is a classroom game-changer! Kids are so engaged that they don't even realize they're learning! Escape rooms have helped my students' close reading, critical thinking, and team building skills. The breakout can introduce a unit of study, or it can review a teaching unit. Some teachers even use them as class rewards! #escaperoom #breakout #middleschool #reading #English #rewards #school #classparty #learninggames

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