Marco Polo Reading and Puzzle Escape - Ancient China


The Marco Polo Reading and Puzzle Escape gives students a chance to decode puzzles and read passages, all while actively learning! This reading and puzzle activity covers a wide range of topics to enhance and reinforce learning.

Number of Pages: 30 pages


The Marco Polo Reading and Puzzle Escape gives students a chance to decode puzzles and read passages, all while actively learning! This reading and puzzle activity covers the following topics: Marco Polo, Ancient China, Silk Road, Kublai Khan. Students will practice reading comprehension and critical thinking skills as they rotate around the room solving puzzles. Great addition to your Ancient China unit.


Students will work in pairs (or individually) and race to complete 6 puzzles. A friendly competition always increases engagement. Students will use reading comprehension skills to complete the 6 short passages, 12 multiple choice questions and 6 puzzle phrases.


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


This activity can be used for individual work, partner activities, anticipatory sets, unit review, sub plans, extension activities, early-finishers, gallery walk, stations, or just for fun the day before break. No prior knowledge is needed.


What’s Included?

  •  6 Half page reading passages
  •  6 Puzzle decoders and puzzle phrases
  •  12 Multiple choice questions
  •  Teacher directions
  •  Answer key
  •  Student directions
  •  Hint cards


If you are familiar with Think Tank Escape Rooms, you’ll love these! Many teachers have requested new escape rooms but with a different set of puzzles. I’m excited to announce that your wish has been granted!


How are these different than the original Think Tank Escape Rooms?

  • New leveled reading passages (same relevant information)
  • 4 of 6 NEW puzzles and decoders!
  • Less paper and ink!


Types of Puzzles

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


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!


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Copyright Information :
© Think Tank Teacher LLC. Please note – all material included in this resource belongs to Think Tank Teacher LLC. By purchasing, you have a license to use the material but you do not own the material. You may not upload any portion of this resource to the internet in any format, including school/personal websites or network drives unless the site is password protected and can only be accessed by students, not other teachers or anyone else on the internet.


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