It might feel like Christmas is already upon us, and judging from the decorations already adorning homes and storefronts (not to mention the unseasonably chilly weather we’ve had in our home state of Texas), in some ways it already is. 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 completely 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!