Christmas Escape Room Winter Holiday Team Builder - Escape the North Pole

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Christmas Escape Room – Escape the North Pole is a fun winter activity to use around the holidays to help foster classroom community and improve team-building and problem-solving skills. In this Christmas escape room, students will work together to solve riddles, challenges, tasks, and puzzles to escape the North Pole. There are some general challenges, but the escape room also meets ELA standards and skills like figurative language, homophones, and spelling!

How the Christmas Escape Room – Escape the North Pole Works:

Students will begin by reading a backstory that sets up the Christmas escape room. A group of friends are at the Holiday Extravaganza event at their school. While admiring the Santa’s workshop display, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where they are greeted by an elf named Jingles. They must solve puzzles, riddles, and tasks to have a chance to get back to school!

Students will then circulate the room to six different stations, using a response booklet to record their answers to a series of Christmas-themed puzzles, riddles, and tasks to make their way back to school for the holiday party! Below are the different stations included:
  • Maze Riddle: Students will make their way through the Candy Cane Maze to uncover a hidden riddle. 
  • Figurative Language in Christmas Carols: Students will determine what types of figurative language are used in Christmas carols and input them into a table to reveal a hidden mystery word.
  • Hidden Homophones: Students will read an article about Santa’s reindeer and locate misused homophones. The first letter of each of the homophones reveals a mystery word! 
  • Secret Pictogram Story: Students will read a story that has coded pictograms included. They must decipher the codes to reveal a mystery word. 
  • Spelling Tower: Students will sort sentence strips based on if they have spelling errors to reveal two mystery words in the spelling tower key. 
  • Encrypted Message: Students will use snowflake code hidden throughout the escape room to crack an encrypted message that will help them escape the North Pole!
Please note: Students will need to have a basic understanding of figurative language terms before beginning the escape room (metaphor, personification, simile, metaphor, oxymoron, allusion, hyperbole, and alliteration).

Included in the Christmas Escape Room – Escape the North Pole:

➡️ Teacher Instructions: Use the detailed teacher instructions to help you set up the room and facilitate the escape room.

➡️ Escape Room Narrative Backstory: Introduce the activity with this highly-engaging one-page narrative backstory that sets up the escape room and hooks students into this Christmas escape room activity.

➡️ Student Instructions Story, and Station Signs: Set up each of the six stations with signs to indicate the task number and type and student instructions written in the form of poems. Each of the stations is also related to a unique location at the North Pole, including The Candy Cane Café, Mrs. Claus’ Jingle Jam Studio, The Reindeer Stables, The Gingerbread Gym, Frosty’s Snowball Arena, and Santa’s Workshop.

Escape Room Station Activities: The resource comes with all the materials students need to complete the activities at each station (maze riddle, figurative language in Christmas carols cards, hiding homophones challenge, pictogram story activity, spelling tower sort, encryption activity, organizational envelopes, and more!)

➡️ Student Answer Booklet: Have groups record their answers for each puzzle with the included student answer booklet. After completing all sections of the booklet, students will reveal the mystery words and message needed to escape the North Pole.

➡️ Teacher Answer Key: Use the included detailed teacher answer keys to check students’ work! This will help you determine a winner of this Christmas escape room teambuilder and can also be used as a way to review each of the stations with students after the escape room is complete.

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