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Help your students understand and practice comma rules with this highly-engaging interactive escape room / break out activity! Students should have an understanding of the following 8 comma rules to complete this activity: Use a comma between items in a series, after an introductory element, to set off appositives, in a direct address, before a coordinating conjunction, to set off non-essential clauses, and between coordinating adjectives



Students work in small groups and move about the classroom to five different stations to complete puzzles and activities related to comma rules. 

In the first station, students insert missing commas in examples to reveal a numeric code. 

In the second station, students read a story about a treasure hunt that contains missing commas. They add commas and insert words to the left of the comma into a key to reveal a mystery word. 

In the third station, students match up each of the eight comma rules to a sentence that uses the rule. Once they have them matched up, a mystery word is revealed!

In the fourth station, students add missing commas in examples and insert words to the left of the comma into a key to reveal a mystery word 

The final station has students decode an encryption based on hidden symbols they have to find throughout the game to reveal a quote!



o Detailed teacher instructions for setting up the room and facilitating the activity 

o A classroom door sign to welcome students to the activity 

o Signs for each of the five stations 

o Student instructions for each of the five stations 

o All the materials students need for each station (envelope templates, counting comma cards, treasure hunt reading, puzzle pieces, comma corrector cards, and encryption assignment) 

o A student answer booklet where the group can record the codes and keys they find. 

o A teacher answer key you can use to check the work to determine the winner. 

o Two reflection assignments to complete after the escape room. One is a reflection on the quote revealed in the final puzzle and the other is a reflection on the escape room activity.


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