It might feel like Christmas is already upon us, judging from the decorations already adorning homes and storefronts. But don’t count out Thanksgiving — especially when there’s a great educational breakout all about Turkey Day that you can use right now!
Breaking Into Breakouts
A breakout is a bit like an escape room but on a smaller (and safer) scale. Students are challenged to use clues to open locks, and ultimately finish the game. My Thanksgiving-themed breakout, which I developed in 2017, is entirely digital. A digital breakout does not require a physical box and locks, like traditional breakouts. Instead, this type of breakout needs a web page on a Google Site. The page can include images, text, and hidden hyperlinks that students can use to solve digital puzzles.
A Google Form is used to create the digital locks. In order for a Google Form question to act as a lock, the question needs to have the response validation selected. You can find this option by clicking the “Skinny Snowman” (three horizontal dots) in the lower right-hand corner of each question. The most common locks are Direction, Color, Number, Word, Letter, and Date.
Gobble Up the Gobble Gobble Breakout
This one’s not only a fun challenge but it’s filled with interesting facts about the holiday. Did you know Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey, which he called “a respectable bird,” to be our national animal, instead of the bald eagle? Or that Thanksgiving became a national holiday due, in large part, to one pioneering woman?
Jump in, learn even more, and see if you can break out!
Remember that if you need a hint or two, please email me at [email protected]. And be sure to check out our other digital breakouts here. Happy Breaking Out!
Thank you for building and sharing these! They’re wonderful!
Thank you Cathy! I am so excited when students get their “hands” and minds on the breakouts.
I absolutely loved the Gobble Gobble breakout! How can I access the Hall of Fame?! 🙂 Thank you for building these!
WE NEED A HINT ON THE NUMBER SHAPE LOCK, PLEASE. THANKS!
Do you have an answer key my any chance?
Teachers, if you would like the answers, please email me at [email protected]. I will gladly provide you with the key. Please include your credentials (position, school). Just so I know I am sending answers to educators. =0)
Just wanted to let someone know that the “Fall is Here Breakout” link is broken and so is the “Merry Merry Breakout.” Thank you for posting! My kids are going to love the Gobble Gobble breakout!
Thank you for bringing that to my attention. The links are now fixed.
This looks like a lot of fun, but I’m not sure how to play. Can you explain it for me and/or show an example? Thanks!
Any chance you will do some breakout-type activities using Microsoft products?
I don’t have any plans right now to create with Microsoft. But I will put this one my idea-radar list. Thank you so much for the request.
Hi Olivia, you can reach out to [email protected] to request the answers. Thanks!