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The goal of this project is to provide my students who are taking Social Studies EOC's an engaging way to prepare for the exam.

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Escape from Civics/U.S. History

School:
Legacy Scholars Academy 
Subject:
Social Studies 
Teacher:
Nathaniel Sylvester 
Students Impacted:
20 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
August 13, 2019

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

FUTURES - $447.20

Anonymous - $30.00

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Goal

The goal of this project is to provide my students who are taking Social Studies EOC's an engaging way to prepare for the exam.  

 

What will be done with my students

Escape rooms are fantastic places where a group of friends enter with one common goal... to ESCAPE! By working together to solve clues, puzzles, and other brain teasers, players learn combinations, find keys, that hopefully end with them "escaping" the room before time runs out! My students will be put through an escape room, however, the clues, hints, and answers will all come directly from the standards for their course. Students will be using information that they have learned throughout the year, directly tied to standards, to solve puzzles and clues in order to "escape" the classroom and charge towards the EOC!

Initially, the clues and puzzles of the room will first be used to review standards SS.7.C.1.7, SS.7.C.3.3, SS.7.C.3.8, and SS.7.C.3.9, all of which concern "Organizing Principle 5: The Founding Fathers created the three branches of government to help prevent governmental abuse of power." While the first room we build will pertain to those standards, the beauty of an escape room is the ease of change. We can simply change the clues and rearrange the order of some of the puzzles and the students can review a whole new set of standards. The ultimate goal will be to build the biggest escape room towards the end of the year. Each of my classes will help in creation of a final EOC review escape room for another one of my classes. Once complete, the classes will play through an EOC review escape room that was created for them by another class, allowing the students to both enjoy a game, while also using critical thinking and creativity skills in the creation of their designed room.  

 

Benefits to my students

This will not only provide a comprehensive review for the students but will present it in an extremely engaging setting that they will never forget! It is also my hope that after experiencing such a thrilling review, students will use critical thinking skills to help me create new clues, puzzles, and challenges for future games! 

 

Budget Narrative

These items, alongside other materials I already have in my classroom, will allow me to create a simple yet immensely engaging escape room. The clues I create will be directly tied to course material, but will also ultimately give students the combinations to locks, or give them clues to find the next piece of information they need to progress through the game.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Blank Puzzles $10.81
2 4Thought Products Puzzle Pod $34.95
3 Invisible Black Light Pens (4) $6.62
4 Security Safe Box (.5 cu ft) $56.99
5 Locking Storage Boxes with Hinged Lids (3) $29.99
6 MasterLock Directional Lock $7.98
7 Book Safes $28.99
8 Black Light UV Flashlights $12.99
9 Escape Room Games in the Classroom Kit $119.99
10 Tile Lock Scrabble $17.89
11 Breakout Edu Kit $150.00
  Total: $477.20

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