Your students will practice fraction concepts while completing six different challenges (or obstacles) in order to make it home in this "Stranded" Escape Room-style activity. They'll crack codes and work together as a team, ultimately overcoming the obstacles and being rescued from the deserted island!
Are you ready for the challenge?
Ideas for Use
- Use the individual tasks as part of your math centers. Place one task at each center and have students rotate through them.
- Make a booklet for each student that includes all the tasks from this math project. Allow your students to choose the order that they complete the tasks, and use it as early finisher activities or morning work.
- Keep students engaged by allowing them to work through this package with a partner.
DIGITAL VERSION INCLUDED! The digital version of this escape room uses Google Forms™. This provides you with the option to use this escape room for distance learning, or even on devices in the classroom.
Your students will be completing six different challenges (or obstacles) in order to make it home.
Obstacle #1: Uncover the mystery object.
Your cruise ship has disappeared into the distance and you don’t know what to do. As you look around, you notice something sticking out of the sand. What could it be? You decide to dig it out to see if it’s something that you can use.
: Order the fractions from LEAST to GREATEST. Then use the letters to figure out what you found.
Obstacle #2: Write a message in the sand.
The old radio is working! But all you can hear is static, and no one is answering your call for help. You’ll have to try again later. You decide that you need to write a message in the sand. If an airplane flies over, maybe it will see the message and help you!
: Write each fraction in words. Then use the mystery letters to figure out the message that you wrote.
Obstacle #3: Communication
Just as you are finishing your message in the sand, you hear something behind you. It’s a person! You thought that no one lived on this island, but clearly you were wrong. He begins to talk to you. But you can’t understand him! He’s speaking a different language. What is he saying? What if it’s important?
: Solve the addition squares to figure out what the man is saying.
Obstacle #4: Use the Morse code to send a message.
The man told you to use Morse code! Of course! You learned all about the Morse code in the summer camp that you went to and you can use it with the radio that you found! Maybe a nearby ship will hear your message!
: Decipher a message using Morse code. Use the message to shade the correct tree.
Obstacle #5: Unlock the compass.
The Morse code message told you to find the compass in the three-ninths tree and get to the north side of the island. After a few minutes of looking, you find the tree and see the compass hanging from a branch! You frantically run to the compass, only to find that it seems to be locked with some sort of code. You’ll need to crack the secret code to be able to use the compass. Be quick! You don’t have much time!
: Subtract the fractions. Then use the answers to form a number code.
Obstacle #6: Get to the north side of the island.
Alright, you’ve got the compass working and now it’s time to get to the north side of the island as quickly as you can! The ship will be there to pick you up in about 45 minutes!
: Start at the “star.” Make it to the north side of the island by following the correct path.
What Teachers Are Saying
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This is an awesome resource! I love using escape rooms as a way to review at the end of a standard, students will be 100% engaged during this activity! It does take some prep, but once you get it all set up you can use it throughout the years." Sieger Squad
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "My students really enjoyed how we could do this escape room together! I put them into small groups and that allowed them to collaborate with each other in a way that even though we were distant - was very fun." Jasmine H.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "This was so fun and a great way to "celebrate" the end of our unit. This combined with teaching, my text and your math projects made my fraction unit one of the best I have done in years! Thank you." Jennifer S.