Weather Escape Room

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Weather Escape Room - Kesler Science

“Your class has been invited to be guest stars on the local news and deliver the weather report on live TV! In order to ensure your class is up for the task, the local meteorologist has sent along some puzzles for your class to solve. He’s given strict instructions to the teacher that only the groups that can break out in time will be featured on The Sunrise Morning Show. Solve the weather clues and find out if you’re destined for TV stardom!”

Immerse your students in a fun, engaging, learning experience with the Weather Escape Room! We have created a unique experience that will leave a lasting, positive impression on your students.

  Weather Escape Room - Kesler Science

Standards Covered:

  • NGSS – MS-ESS2-5 – Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses result in changes in weather conditions
  • TEKS – 8.10 B – Identify how global patterns of atmospheric movement influence local weather using weather maps that show high and low pressures and fronts

In order to be successful with this escape room, students will need to have an understanding of cold fronts, warm fronts, stationary fronts, occluded fronts, high and low air pressure, weather instruments and weather forecasting.

Weather Escape Room - Kesler Science

How it works:

Unlike many escape rooms, the teacher is in total control on which of the 8 puzzles they want to use and in which order to use them. They are designed using modules, with each puzzle independent of the others. There are several ways to play the games, so the teacher will need to decide which approach is best for their students. You have the option to do as many or as few of the puzzles as you choose, in any order. This is great for differentiating, and for shorter or longer class periods. We recommend 5-6 puzzles for a 40 minute class period.

 

  • Break up the class into teams of 2-4 students
  • Play the challenge video provided
  • After deciding how many puzzles to use, give each group a separate manila envelope. Using manilla envelopes is the least expensive option. You can also use locks and boxes. Locks are not required to run this escape room, but it can provide a more authentic experience. A lockout hasp will save you from needing to buy multiple boxes per group.
  • The remaining puzzles stay in a different area where students can check them in and out
  • Start the timer!
  • The teacher will check their codes by the students writing them down on the provided answer sheet, or use the digital lock using Google Forms. More details on how to use this electronically are provided.
  • Once the students have solved the puzzles, they will open the last envelope containing their prize!

Weather Escape Room - Kesler Science

Materials Needed:

The escape room can be run in several different ways.
1. The least expensive option is to use manila envelopes for the puzzles. All the directions are provided. Each group will also need:
  • All printed materials from the puzzles chosen (included)
  • Manila envelopes (used for each of the puzzles)
  • Mirror or reflective surface (cell phone camera would work)
  • Brads for the decoder rings
  • Paper towel tube (1.75” diameter, 4.5 cm, standard size roll)

2. For a more authentic escape room, each group will also need the following, instead of manila envelopes:

Weather Escape Room - Kesler Science

Included in your purchase:

  • Teacher directions
  • Editable templates for the teacher to modify
  • Detailed answer key for each puzzle
  • Student answer key
  • Digital answer key (Google Form) that is great for 1:1 or Google Classrooms. Replaces paper answer key if you choose, but not necessary
  • Video challenge to set the mood for the challenge
  • 8 unique puzzles with all printable props
  • A list of over 50 ideas for prizes
  • Reward templates
  • 30 unique signs to hold up for the picture at the end (plus, editable template)

Weather Escape Room - Kesler Science

You can purchase the Weather Escape Room here.

More science escape room products are being released. A completed bundle of 36 different escape rooms, covering a wide range of standards and concepts will be finished by August 2018. You can purchase the bundle at a 30% discount, and receive access to each escape room product as it is released!

Teachers are sharing their ideas and experiences using hashtags #keslerscience and #scienceescape on Twitter and Instagram, and on the Kesler Science Professional Learning Network on Facebook. See you there!

Weather Escape Room - Kesler Science

 

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