Your students will practice their multiplication skills while completing six different challenges (or obstacles) in order to make it out in this "Lost in the Woods" Escape Room-style activity. They'll crack codes and work together as a team, ultimately overcoming the obstacles and making it home safely!
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: BUILD A FIRE
It is getting dark and you know that you’ll need to find shelter for the night – but all you can think about is how cold you are. You need to get dry, and the only way to do that is to build a fire.
You were only able to get one match from the boat as it was sinking, so you’ll have to get the fire lit on the first try.
Put the fire puzzle together. Light the fire by finding the products and writing them in order from left to right, top to bottom.
OBSTACLE #2: FIND SHELTER
Now that you’re dry you need to find somewhere to sleep for the night. By the look of the sunset, it will be dark within the hour.
Tomorrow you can figure out how you’re going to get home.
Write the number word for the number of dots in each array. Remember to write them in order (1-10). Then solve the secret code word to find out where you slept for the night.
OBSTACLE #3: CROSS THE RIVER
It’s time to start walking home. Your sense of direction is all mixed up and you’re not sure which way is which - but the one thing you do know is that you need to cross the river. You see an old rope bridge up ahead, but it obviously hasn’t been used for awhile. As you approach it, you notice a small sign with a code on it. This bridge does not look very sturdy at all! You’d better crack the code before you cross it - just in case it’s an important message.
Crack the code to reveal the message. Then complete the task on the bridge diagram.
OBSTACLE #4: GET TO THE SHACK
Now that you’re on the other side of the river, you need to decide which way to go. You know that there is an old shack not far from where you are. If you can just make it to that shack, then you will know the exact route to get the rest of the way home.
Get through the maze and find the secret message. Then complete the task.
OBSTACLE #5: FIND FOOD
It’s been hours since you’ve last eaten and you are STARVING! There are two berry trees nearby, but you are not sure which ones are poisonous and which ones are okay to eat. As your stomach growls, you notice some pieces of paper on the floor of the shack. You have a strange feeling that the papers have something to do with the berries! All you can think about is getting some food in your stomach, so you decide to try to figure out what the papers mean.
Order the equations from smallest to largest . Then flip over the papers to reveal the secret message.
OBSTACLE #6: GET HOME
Now that your stomach is full and you know where you are, it’s time to get home. It feels so good to finally know exactly where you are! The path home winds through the woods, but you’ve been down it a million times and could probably make it home with your eyes closed (although you’re not going to try that)! Let’s get home as quickly as possible!
Solve the equation on each task card. The answer will tell you how far to go and in which direction. Remember that the task cards must be completed in order from 1 to 16. Use the map to draw your route.
What Teachers Are Saying
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "My students loved using this resource. We did it at the end of our multiplication/division unit. You could also use it earlier once students know most of their basic facts. I used same ability groups. It was extremely clear to follow. It did take me a a couple hours to create 6 packages and laminate items I wanted to reuse. I ended up making 5 photocopies of each work page so that for the next few years the envelope packages are already complete. My whole class enjoyed the activity and was engaged the whole time. It took us about 2 hours to complete." Tristen C.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "My class absolutely loved this. I was a little concerned that it would be a little easy for them, but figured it would make a great review for the beginning of the year anyway. It turned out to be more challenging than expected for my 5th graders, in a good way! It was right on level for them, and was a great review of multiplication in a fun way. By the end of class they were already asking when we could do another escape room like this. Thank you!" Karen M.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "My kids loved this escape room. It was easy for them to understand, and they were engaged the entire time. It kept them on their toes and made them work hard to answer the questions. Great product, and worth every penny!" Tammy H.