Albert Einstein Escape Room Scavenger Hunt – Reading Comprehension – Scientists

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The Albert Einstein Escape Rooms is a winning combination of scavenger hunts and escape rooms all in one, with reading comprehension, puzzles, clues, cloze reading and questions. Give your students a chance to decode puzzles and read passages. A good way for them to have fun and learn at the same time!

Number of Pages: 28 pages


The Albert Einstein Escape Rooms is a winning combination of scavenger hunts and escape rooms all in one, with reading comprehension, puzzles, clues, cloze reading and questions. Give your students a chance to decode puzzles and read passages, all while actively learning!


This cross-curricular reading comprehension activity covers the following topics: Albert Einstein, physics, Theory of Relativity, education, discoveries. Students will practice reading comprehension and critical thinking skills as they rotate around the room reading short passages, decoding puzzles (escape room) and citing text evidence (scavenger hunt). No prior knowledge is needed, so this engaging activity makes a great introduction to your notable scientists or physics unit.


Students will revisit the non-fiction text multiple times. To ensure understanding of the subject matter, students will answer questions that can be found directly in their reading passage. This is a great front-loading activity that allows students to get some facts while previewing key vocabulary words, people, places or events that you will teach throughout your unit.


Students will work in pairs (or individually) and race to complete 6 types of puzzles, decode 18 words, and answer 12 multiple choice questions. Each of the 6 reading passages has three “missing words” to decode (cloze) either using the puzzle decoder or context clues. After decoding the missing words, students write their answers on their recording sheet and then unscramble a mystery word.


To ensure students don’t just solve the puzzles without reading, there is a second answer recording sheet that requires them to find and cite text evidence. On this page, students will answer 12 multiple choice questions AND indicate where they found the answer (which reading passage #). Students will use reading comprehension skills to read the 6 short passages, determine the missing words, and answer multiple choice questions (citing text evidence). In the end, there are two objectives: 1) Unscramble a mystery word and 2) Determine a 4-digit code.


Task 1: Escape room aspect of decoding puzzles

Task 2: Scavenger hunt aspect of revisiting the passages and citing text evidence


You do NOT need a lock! You do NOT need fancy envelopes! You do NOT have to cut out oddly shaped puzzle pieces! This product is meant to make your life easy! This is a NO PREP, print & go escape room style activity!


A friendly competition always increases engagement. In addition to learning or reinforcing the subject matter, these escape rooms encourage teamwork and critical thinking. As a “timed” challenge, students will be engaged from beginning to end!

What’s Included?

  •  6 Half page reading passages
  •  6 Puzzle decoders with “missing words”
  •  18 “missing words” to decode
  •  12 Multiple choice questions
  •  Teacher directions
  •  Answer key
  •  Student directions
  •  Hint cards
  •  Props and signs


Types of Puzzles

  •  Cryptogram
  •  Qwerty
  •  Atbash
  •  Text Message
  •  Pigpen
  •  Polybius


Skills Used:

  •  Reading Comprehension
  •  Critical Thinking
  •  Peer Collaboration
  •  Problem Solving


Benefits of Use:

  •  Super Low Prep
  •  Print, Cut and Go
  •  Cross-Curricular
  •  Highly Engaging
  •  No Locks Needed
  •  No silly envelopes to stuff
  •  No odd shapes to cut out


Options for Use:

  •  Anticipatory Sets
  •  Unit Review
  •  Early Finishers
  •  Gallery Walk
  •  Stations
  •  Sub Plans
  •  Rewards


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