The Virginia House of Burgesses 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: House of Burgesses, Virginia Company, Jamestown, Great Charter, Sir George Yeardley, notable members. Students will practice reading comprehension and critical thinking skills as they rotate around the room solving puzzles. Great introduction to your Revolutionary War or Jamestown 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 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.
✅ 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!
✅New leveled reading passages (same relevant information)
✅4 of 6 NEW puzzles and decoders!
✅Less paper and ink!
✅ Text Message
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!