Punctuation Escape Room Grammar Game - Commas, Semi-Colons, Apostrophes, Colons

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Punctuation Escape Room Grammar Game - Commas, Semi-Colons, Apostrophes, Colons: Engage your students with this interactive Punctuation Escape Room Breakout Activity! Students will show their understanding of punctuation rules by visiting stations and completing puzzles and challenges related to the following types of punctuation: commas, apostrophes, semi-colons, and colons. This escape room can be set up in a traditional format with classroom stations, or it can be used as a daily bell-ringer challenge. In the bell-ringer option, students work with their group for the first 5-10 minutes of class from Monday to Friday, progressively getting closer to escaping by the end of the week.

Escape Room Scenario: In this punctuation-themed escape room adventure, students find themselves exploring the mysterious wing of a university arts building named after the elusive Professor Dr. Payne. After straying from their tour group, they become trapped in Dr. Payne's secret study, filled with arcane instruments and locked objects labeled with Roman numerals I to V. To escape, they must decipher punctuation-based puzzles and unravel the professor's literary mysteries before time runs out. 

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How This Punctuation Escape Room Activity Works:

Students will work in small groups and move about the classroom to five different stations, completing puzzles and activities related to commas, apostrophes, semi-colons, and colons. The goal of the escape room is to successfully complete the task at each station and retrieve a variety of mystery codes. An alternative option is to use the bell-ringer format, where students tackle one station each day, progressively working toward escaping by Friday. Below are the five tasks students will complete:

  • The Locked Chest - Count the Commas: Students must read a passage and add the missing commas. They will have to line up a set of books and use the number of commas to determine a numerical code to unlock a chest with their next clue.
  • The Computer Password - Input the Apostrophes: Students must correct apostrophe errors and find letters close to them to form a mystery phrase to use as a computer password.
  • The Locked Safe - Correcting Colons: Students must connect strips of paper with sentences on it to the colon rules they are using the determine the directions for a slide lock on a safe.
  • The Cryptex - Adding Semicolons: Students must determine if sentences are using semicolons correctly or incorrectly to uncover a secret passphrase.
  • The Pin Pad - Punctuation Challenge: In this final task, students must add missing commas, colons, apostrophes, and semicolons on cards. Then they must draw a line from one punctuation mark to the next to uncover hidden letters to escape the study!

Before beginning this escape room, students should have a solid understanding of the rules associated with the following types of punctuation: commas, colons, apostrophes, and semicolons.

Included In The Punctuation Escape Room:

➡️ Punctuation Escape Room Presentation: Use these detailed slides for both the traditional escape room and the bell-ringer format. They serve to introduce the escape room and guide students through every step of the activity, including detailed explanations of how puzzles and challenges are solved.

➡️ Punctuation Escape Room Teacher Instructions: Implement this punctuation escape room with confidence using clear and comprehensive instructions. These instructions cover both the traditional station setup and the daily bell-ringer challenges, ensuring an easy setup and smooth execution of the activity.

➡️ Escape the Evil Professor's Study Classroom Door Sign: Set the atmosphere and welcome students to the escape room activity by prominently displaying this sign on your classroom door or in a visible spot in the room. It immediately engages students as they enter.

➡️ Punctuation Escape Room Materials And Puzzles: All necessary materials are included to set up each station or daily escape room challenge. This comprehensive set includes readings, sentence strips, puzzles, cards, and more!

➡️ Punctuation Escape Room Student Answer Sheet: Provide students with a structured answer sheet to record their progress and responses throughout the escape room challenge. This promotes organization and accountability as students work their way through each task successfully.

➡️ Punctuation Escape Room Teacher Answer Key: Easily check student work with confidence using this comprehensive answer key, allowing for efficient checking of student responses.

What Teachers Are Saying About The Punctuation Escape Room:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My students loved these activities for warmups! Something different when we returned from holiday break was refreshing and engaging for the students. Thank you!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The material provided was well-made and thoughtfully designed, making it highly suitable for my students. My students were genuinely engaged throughout the activity. I highly recommend this resource.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have used this escape room multiple times with my ACT prep juniors. They love it. Some puzzles are challenging to balance out easier puzzles and content. The set up is easy, too. 

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