At the beginning of this school year, I introduced my new students to BreakoutEDU and they loved it! The first BreakoutEDU Digital that they completed was the “Catch the Bus” breakout that is available on the BreakoutEDU website. So, I decided it was time to create a new BreakoutEDU Digital for my students to review integers and fractions, which is a large portion of our Number Systems unit.

Enter…”The Locked Boxes” BreakoutEDU Digital!

**The Storyline**:

Since this was only the second BreakoutEDU that my students have completed, I did not have a complex storyline. The storyline is simple:

You are presented with five boxes – four small boxes and one large box. The large box has a hidden secret but you must break into the other boxes first.

Can you unlock the box and find what is inside?!

As my students move through the year, the storylines tend to get more complicated and require the students to pay careful attention to detail. In this one, they will work through the “locked boxes” that will lead them to questions that they must answer to unlock the codes.

In this BreakoutEDU, students will:

- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide positive and negative integers.
- Add, subtract, multiply, and divide positive and negative mixed numbers.
- Solve complex world problems.

**Digital Tools Used:**

In this BreakoutEDU, I have used the following digital tools and resources:

- Google Forms (of course!)
- Google Sites
- Google Drawings
- Hidden/Embedded Links
- Google Slides
- Letter/Number Ciphers

Most of the BreakoutEDU requires students to answer problems on Google Forms but they do have to find the forms and/or break into the forms to solve the problems.

To access the “The Locked Boxes” Breakout EDU Digital, click HERE.

**Final Thoughts:**

I was very excited to see how much my new students enjoyed BreakoutEDU. Every group of students is different and, as a teacher, it is important to know what will engage and inspire them. I’m looking forward to them participating in more BreakoutEDU activities and, eventually, creating their own!

These are amazing! Thanks for the info! When you create digital breakouts through google sites, how do you get around the google form resetting when the kids click on a link on the home page? Do you have them open the google form in a new window before they start?

Hi Megan,

Exactly! I have them open multiple tabs. 🙂

Do you have an answer key or anything of this?? I’ve worked through the problems but can’t figure out the final code since there are only 4 boxes listed at the top. What about the last box?

Hi Nicole!

If you start typing in the last box, it will give you a hint! 🙂

So can not figure out the last box…hint?

Hi Michele,

The last box is a hidden link that has been jumbled. You just have to find the correct order! 🙂

This was awesome! I collaborated with a teacher and WE ESCAPED!!

Congrats!!

Box #2 is asking for the name of a twelve sided figure, but the answer is supposed to be 12 letters long?? Shouldn’t it be a dodecagon?

That is correct! Check whether or not it should be in all caps or not.

I am really struggling finding the answer for the 6 letter lock using Box #1… any hints?

Hello! Did you find the lock you could click on?