The first week of school is a time when students are getting to know things – from their classroom to their teachers to their classmates; it can feel daunting to remember everything. But if you plan to have icebreaker activities in your classroom during this first week, like this Back to School Digital Escape Room, getting to know your classmates will be the easiest task.
Why are icebreaker activities important?
Rather than diving headfirst into schoolwork during the first few days of school, getting to know their classmates is one of the best things you can do for a student. Icebreaker activities help students to get to know one another in a fun and non-threatening way.
When students get to know each other, they not only create a positive classroom community but they create a space where their classmates can feel accepted and will be more likely to share ideas, ask questions, and participate in classroom discussions. Using icebreaker activities can help reduce anxiety for nervous students and help students to build on their social skills.
Why use a digital escape room?
Digital escape rooms are a great way to get students to interact with one another, prompting them to use teamwork and cooperation. While there are many different icebreaker activities you can use in a classroom, using something non-traditional, like a digital escape room, will create a fun back to school environment, and it will be an activity that students are sure to remember.
This Back to School Digital Escape Room is a perfect activity for those first few weeks of school to help build community with cooperative learning, engaging students in social-emotional learning. The digital escape rooms created by 2 Peas and a Dog work well for grades 6 through 8.
Another bonus for using digital escape rooms in those first few weeks is that they are no prep as they are a digital activity, and they should take your students about 30 – 60 minutes to complete.
Back to School Digital Escape Room
This school-themed digital escape room provides students with the opportunity to work independently or with their peers to solve 10 school-related challenges. Students must solve these required challenges to “escape” from the principal’s office they have accidentally locked themselves into.
Once this escape room is purchased, the teacher will get access to a Google Form link that is 100% editable and customizable for your classroom needs.
No prep is required from the teacher or students – all that is needed is a teacher Google Drive account. Students can use Google Forms without having a Google account.
- Student Interest Inventory
- Digital Escape Room with 10 Challenges (“locks”)
- Detailed teacher directions in text and video format
- Answer Key
- Student Instructions
What Teachers Are Saying:
“I am always looking for ways to engage my students. I used this the last day of school and the students LOVED it!” – Sheila B.
“My students always enjoy your escape rooms! This is perfect for the beginning of the year…thank you!! :-)” – Tara B.
And if you’re looking for even more back to school fun, check out the technology-themed back to school digital escape room! You can get the Back to School Digital Escape Room on Teachers Pay Teachers USD or Shopify CAD.
Are you looking for more back to school activities?
- Back to School Bingo – on TPT USD or Shopify CAD
- Back to School Mega Bundle – on TPT USD or Shopify CAD
- Creative Writing Full Year Bundle – on TPT USD or Shopify CAD