3rd Grade Winter Escape Room | Winter Break Reading Review


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3rd Grade Winter Escape Room | Winter Break Reading Review


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Escape to Winter Break! This winter emoji escape room is a great game for reviewing reading standards before winter break. It is not Christmas themed, so it can be used with all students.

Find the 3rd grade version here.


Review of informational & literature standards, including:

  • Vocabulary
  • Main Idea/Details
  • Summarizing
  • Theme
  • Character Traits
  • Figurative Language
  • Plays & Poetry


Escape rooms are the most fun way to review the standards while encouraging team work, critical thinking, and problem solving! In this classroom escape, students will compete as teams to Escape to Winter Break!


This resource is geared towards 4th and 5th grade (depending on your standards). Please see below for a list of the specific standards it covers. Click here to find other grade levels and other 4th and 5th grade reading and math topics.


This team escape challenge is great for teams of 4-6 students, up to 8 teams. The best thing is, you don’t have to prepare envelopes for every single team. This activity was created to be much easier to prep than the traditional class escape challenge. You will use far less paper and far fewer envelopes than other challenges.


Supplies Needed:

  • 5 large manila folders (total)
  • 1 letter envelope (total)
  • Copies of this resource
  • Scissors, Glue, and Markers


It’s the last day of school, and you’re so excited to celebrate with your class. The final bell rings, and class starts. As you’re working on your reading assignment, the lights go out. “no, not on our last day!” your teacher exclaims.


Before you can investigate, the lights come back on. You realize that you’re surrounded by something that wasn’t there before. Wait, are those emojis?!


“Chilly Willy” the one in charge says. “I’m here to challenge your class to compete in our annual winter game.”


He explains that he has set up a series of challenges for each team to complete. He tells you that during this challenge, you will need to collect four winter break items for him. The team that brings him the four items first will be able to escape safely to their winter break. The losing teams? They will be stuck with the emojisall winter break!


Estimated time for this escape: 60-90 minutes.


Want a preview of my escape challenges in action in the classroom? Click Here


I also provide something very important for a group review game: individual student booklets to keep ALL students accountable. These are called escape logs in the game.


I’ve even provided a way to prevent one student from doing all of the work. Directions and special cards are included in the game to help manage it so that all students are competing equal work and successfully working together!


Don’t bore your students with worksheets for review – let them ESCAPE TO WINTER BREAK!




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