1. A Google Form with some questIons to get them warmed up. When they have answered them correctly and submitted the form, then they will get the link to a web page with the next clues.
2. On the Web Page: http://mrsfriermath.blogspot.ca/p/integers-break-out.html they will find the receipt and a web page taking them to the next form with the digital locks that they can solve with the information from the web page.
3. Once this one is submitted correctly, they need to go elsewhere in the school based on the clues given and find the paper with the next piece.
4. The questions on the page will allow them to solve the lock on another Google form listed on their page (in shortened form).
5. That form will direct them to a Google doc with the text messages that have the clues to solve the questions available in GoFormative assignment. There are four questions and each one gives them one part of a location. In this case they have to go in sequence as I won't give them the clues out of order.
6. Because mine was a "crime" involving them having to find these "people" I hid people cutouts in their final location.
7. Once they found them, they had to bring them to me, and give the location in the final GoFormative question then put them back for the next group. That released the prize which happened to be small Gingerbread men (same shape as my people cutouts).
Reflecting On The Breakout
I realized as I was making it that I needed to actually create a document to keep track of the steps, clues and answers so that I knew where they were going and what prompts they might need when they got stuck. I also needed to ensure I wasn't sending them in circles and that one clue actually led to the next.
It is not perfect but it was a great experience for all of them - even the ones that didn't find the gang. I need to change some things in the clues for the next time, but we all learned something and had fun. The engagement and perseverance seen was awesome.
You know a task is going well when you hear "Can we do this again?" and can't get them to leave your room for lunch! Math is such an anxious subject for many and they totally love my crime solving and challenge days as they forget they are actually learning and practicing their Math skills.