Make learning about the events about US history in the early 21st century interesting with this no-prep digital escape game. The game includes access to a website where your students will hunt for the keys to unlock a set of locks. Students will need to read the clues very carefully and watch videos, visit websites, and read texts to find the information they need to win the game. Very easy to use – just send your students to the website and let them work! Students can play individually or in teams.
Digital escape games are a fun way to start a unit, or to review at the end of a unit. They can also be used to learn about a cultural or historical event. This game will have your students reading carefully and paying attention to the smallest details in order to complete the challenge and unlock the locks.
Please note: the video about Hurricane Katrina does show a dead body floating in the water, face down. Please use your discretion as to whether or not your students are mature enough for this video.
This item includes:
- Access to a website where your students can play the game
- Complete teacher’s guide to playing the game
- Answer key so you can help students if they get stuck!
Your students will enjoy learning without even realizing that they are learning! The challenging game format will get them excited about finding the code to unlock each lock – and the format of the clues for each lock will have them paying close attention – there’s no way to solve the puzzles without being 100% focused!
This US history digital escape game includes the topics of:
- the 9/11 attacks
- Hurriane Katrina
- the Iraq War
- The Great Recession
- The election of Obama
Prep is very easy – you just need to share the website URL with your students. You may want to test the site before you use it, just to make sure nothing is blocked by your district. As some of the clues can be challenging to unlock, you may choose to help your students with the trickier ones. With the teacher guide, you will have the answer key – so you can help guide students towards the correct answer by giving them hints, or if you have limited time, you can adjust the game by reducing the number of locks they need to unlock – just give them the answer(s) to help the activity fit your time constraints.