Escape rooms are a popular activity that have now been modified for educational use. Breakout EDU has resources, lock box kits and other tools on their site. You can also create your own breakout box with items from Amazon.com. There are Facebook groups related to Breakout EDU and there is one called Breakout en español. They are a fantastic resource. And, if you don’t have access to an actual breakout kit, there is a digital breakout sandbox with ready made digital activities. You can also create a digital breakout of your own (see my blog post for some tips on how to create your own digital breakout).
I was Inspired by Breakout EDU and Martina Bex’s El Gordo Lottery Breakout. I decided to have my students create their own breakout puzzles for the novel ‘Felipe Alou: Desde los valles a las montañas’. I then put them together, creating a locked Google Form and a Google Site. We ended up with enough puzzles to create three separate games. During that class, the students worked in groups to ‘breakout’ - choosing which game to play. I had three classes reading the novel, so I mixed up the clues so no one class had the clues they created on a single game.
My students were quite creative and some of their clues were a bit elaborate. So, I decided to use their ideas as inspiration and create my own breakout game. I wowed them with conditional formatting on Google Sheets to create a ‘color lock’. I created some new puzzles and now I am ready to share it with the world.
Without further ado, here is the link to the breakout I created for the Spanish version of the Felipe Alou novel by Carol Gaab, published by Fluency Matters.
Felipe Alou Breakout
Feel free to contact me or let me know in the comments if you have any questions. Hope it is useful!
High school Spanish teacher in NJ. Google for Education Certified Trainer. Always looking to try new things in my classes. Technology junkie.