I have written before about creating digital breakouts. You can check out my post on creating digital breakouts here. (One small edit to that post - Google has changed the name of “data validation” to “response validation”.)
I recently attended a session in my district by Jen Fischer & Kristen Tsaoys about BreakoutEDU. Even though I consider myself fairly proficient in creating breakout games (thank you for that, Jen), I am always looking for new ideas. We played the “Trapped in the Classroom” digital breakout from the BreakoutEDU digital sandbox during the session which helped inspire me to create a new Spanish breakout with a similar concept. While on the Digital Breakouts page, I also noticed the “Stuck in the 80’s” game. As a bit of a lover of all things 80’s, I decided to play that one myself when I got home from the session. It took me longer than I would like to admit to figure out the “date lock”, but that game introduced me to Snotes which is a great tool for creating clues for breakout games, especially digital games. Snotes are a web-based, fun, creative and colorful way to deliver a secret message.
In our session, we discussed the idea of using a breakout game at the beginning of the year to help students get to know each other and practice cooperation and problem solving. As a teacher, they can also give you insight into your the personalities and strengths of your students. This insight can help with forming groups early in the school year as you get to know your students.
So, armed with a new idea, I set out to create new breakout games that could be used at the start of the school year (or anytime, really). I will be teaching two levels this school year - AP Spanish Language & Culture and an honors class of mostly 9th graders who have taken Spanish for several years, with a proficiency target of intermediate low. I am hoping to collaborate with some of my colleagues (I’m looking at you Sí Señora) to create one for the 9th graders. I am the only AP teacher in my building, so creating a breakout to start the year in AP was something I was willing to do on my own.
After attending the session, I also decided to go to Dollar Tree to purchase some toolboxes and locks to create hybrid games. My idea for this digital game is to give a key to the students who solve all of the puzzles and have them open one of the toolboxes. Inside I will have “Lo hicimos” (we did it) cards that they can take pictures with & some chupa chups lollipops.
Without further ado, I present “Atrapada en la clase de español”, a digital breakout game. I made it with AP in mind, but I think it could work in any upper level class. Let me know what you think of the game and feel free to comment or contact me if you would like a hint.
Happy breaking out!
High school Spanish teacher in NJ. Google for Education Certified Trainer. Always looking to try new things in my classes. Technology junkie.