There are so many opportunities for digital instruction in upper elementary math class today! However, another Kahoot or simply online worksheets are not necessarily best to reach all learners at different levels. Classroom escape games are a fan favorite among students today! In fact, today’s learners are all about gaming, so why not reach them with math games? One way to scaffold and challenge your students in math class is with escape games! Learn how to use escape games to differentiate instruction in your math classroom.
What are escape games?
Escape games are breakout style puzzles. With math escape games, your students will solve puzzles to “escape” the room. I love these types of games because they allow your students to use problem-solving, critical thinking, and imagination to show what they know in math! Hands-on classroom escape games allow students the opportunity to work together as a team to solve various problems!
Ways to Differentiate Instruction with Escape Games
Focus on Different Skills in Math Stations
To begin, the Math Escape Games Growing Bundle is perfect for stations! First, assign an escape game to each group based on the skills they need to work on. For example, you may give the back to school escape game for students that need to review 4th grade skills, place value & decimals for 5th grade learners, and decimal operations for those students who have mastered place value & decimal skills.
Here are all of the math escape rooms included in the bundle:
- Back to School (Review of 4th Grade Skills)
- Place Value & Decimals
- Decimal Operations (Currently included)
- Multiplying Whole Numbers & Decimals
- Dividing Whole Numbers & Decimals
- Adding & Subtracting Fractions
- Multiplying & Dividing Fractions
- Volume of Rectangular Prisms (Currently included)
- 2-Dimensional Shapes
- Coordinate Plane
- End of the Year Review (Currently included)
Trying to run stations can be difficult enough and then throw in an escape game and your students might loose it! However, centers and games run much smoother with rotation boards. Rotation boards show students exactly what they should be working on and how much time they have at that particular station before they rotate to the next one! This math digital rotation board can be used with or without timers and can be customized for your class schedule!
Use differentiated tasks
Each math escape game comes with differentiated tasks to make sure you are reaching all learners! Even if you’re introducing or reviewing place value & decimals to the whole class, the tasks in the game allow students to work at their grade level.
By working in teams on the same escape room, more advanced learners can take the lead on problem-solving while other students can help organize tasks. Every student is learning and growing with math escape games to differentiate instruction.
Make math classroom escape games an extension activity
Who has those early finishers in your math class? The students that finish and master standards before everyone else will love working on math escape games to extend their learning! Math escape games to differentiate instruction give your advanced learners a chance to explore a topic in more detail in a fun, engaging way. It doesn’t feel like “extra work”. In fact, students who’ve played these math escape games tend to ask for them again and again! That’s why I am so excited about the 11 math games available in the Math Escape Games Growing Bundle!
How can you differentiate instruction in your math classroom? Start with these engaging classroom escape games to get your students excited about learning 5th grade math standards. Rather than pile on the review worksheets, have your students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills by participating in math escape games to differentiate instruction!
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