Valentine's Day Escape Room Activity - Team Builder Game Breakout - Love Potion

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Valentine's Day Escape Room Activity - Team Builder Game Breakout - Love Potion Disaster: Use this fun escape room activity around Valentine's Day to help foster classroom community and improve team-building and problem-solving skills. In this Valentine's Day escape room, students will work together to solve riddles, challenges, tasks, and puzzles to reverse the effects of a love potion gone wrong. There are some general challenges, but the escape room also meets ELA standards and skills like figurative language, homophones, and spelling! This works well as a Valentine's Day activity, but it can also be used at any time of the year.

How the Valentine's Day Escape Room Activity Works:

Students will begin by reading a backstory that sets up the Valentine's Day escape room. When a love potion is accidentally added to the school dance punch, the teachers start acting strangely. The custodian is dancing with a broom, the music teacher is belting out love songs, and another teacher even drops down on one knee to propose! They must solve puzzles, riddles, and tasks to find the ingredients needed to make the antidote that will reverse the effects and save the dance.

Students will then circulate the room to six different stations, using a response booklet to record their answers to a series of Valentine's Day-themed puzzles, riddles, and tasks to reverse the effects of the potion! Below are the different stations included:
  • Spelling Sort: Students sort sentences based on whether they contain a spelling error or not to uncover a hidden word. 
  • Concealed Capitalization: Students will correct errors in capitalization in a text about romantic destinations to find a hidden word.
  • Homophone Cipher: Students will correct homophone errors and use a cipher wheel to uncover the next mystery word.
  • Reading Comprehension Multiple-Choice: Students will read a text about the history of Valentine's Day and answer multiple-choice questions to reveal the next mystery word.
  • Pictograms: Students will decipher pictograms to reveal hidden words related to Valentine's Day. Once they have them all, they will input them into a table to reveal the next hidden word.
  • Encrypted Message: Students will find love-inspired code images hidden throughout the escape room to crack an encrypted message that will help them reverse the love potion effects.

Included in the Valentine's Day Escape Room Activity

➡️ 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 Valentine's 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.

➡️ Escape Room Station Activities: The resource comes with all the materials students need to complete the activities at each station (spelling sort cards, concealed capitalization challenge, homophone cards, cipher wheel, multiple-choice mystery word reveal, pictogram rebus puzzle cards, encryption, student instruction cards, envelopes, station markers, and much 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 ingredients and message needed to reverse the love potion effects.

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

What Teachers Are Saying About The Valentine's Day Escape Room Activity:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a fun way to sneak in some ELA learning to a hectic week filled with celebration - I love student reactions when they 'get it.'

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My students really enjoyed this activity. I put them into groups of 2 and made different stations. I am glad I reviewed the backstory and how to do each station beforehand because this helped them be more independent. I couldn't have created such a clever mystery myself, so thank you!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My students loved working together and competing with other groups to solve the challenges!

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