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Science Escape Teacher Directions

Teacher Directions:

There are several ways to play the science escape games in the classroom.
The teacher will need to decide which approach to take before setting up the
first game.

Envelopes and Codes - The first method is the cheapest way but still
provides a great escape room experience. I’m going to describe the
experience for one group, but the teacher will want to break the class up
into many teams.

The teacher will decide which puzzles they will use for the game and put
each puzzle into a separate manila envelope. After playing the video
challenge, the teacher will give the group their first challenge.

The remaining puzzles will stay in an area of the room where the students
can check them in and out.

There are two ways the teacher can check the codes. The first method is
that the students will write the code down on the provided answer sheet and
the teacher will check it against the answer key.

The second method involves using digital locks using Google Forms. A
detailed description of this method is listed on next page.

Once the students solve all of the puzzles presented to them, they will open
the last envelope or box that contains their prize.

Locks and Boxes – Using locks and boxes is a more immersive experience
for the students, but it is the more expensive option because you will need
some equipment.

One suggestion is to use one box, a lockout hasp, and several locks per
group (suggestion on following page). The lockout hasp will save you from
having to buy multiple boxes per group.

The game can still be played with envelopes, but after each puzzle the group
gets to open one of the locks rather than write their answer on paper or
enter the lock digitally.

There are many variations for escape rooms. Pick a method and run with it.
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Science Escape Teacher Directions

Digital Lock Directions:

If the school is 1:1, or the teacher would like to use the digital locks, please
access the Google form below.

http://bit.ly/photosynthesisescape

This form will be copied to your Google drive and can be edited to fit the
needs of classroom. I’ve created a tutorial on how to edit the digital locks
Google form.

https://goo.gl/vnzuxV - YouTube video name “How to Edit a Science Escape


Room Digital Locks Document from Kesler Science”
Materials per Group:

• All printed materials from the puzzles chosen


• Manila envelopes (used for each of the puzzles)

If the teacher wants to use a box and locks instead of envelopes, see
suggestions below.

• Lockout Hasp - example http://amzn.to/2CgRvaV


• Five, 4-digit locks - example http://amzn.to/2G8ObRG (3 pack)
• One, Storage box with place for the lockout hasp – example
http://amzn.to/2ChxlO0

Amazon Influencer Page – My Amazon page shows you all of my


recommended escape room supplies if you are going to be running multiple
escape rooms throughout the year.

https://www.amazon.com/shop/influencer-76129af0

Have you found a better or cheaper solution? Let me know at


chris@keslerscience.com

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Science Escape Teacher Directions
Standards:

TEKS: 7.5 A- recognize that radiant energy from the Sun is transformed into chemical
energy through the process of photosynthesis
8.5 D- recognize that chemical formulas are used to identify substances and determine the
number of atoms of each element in chemical formulas containing subscripts

NGSS: MS PS1-2-Analyze and interpret data on the properties of substances before and
after the substances interact to determine if a chemical reaction has occurred.
MS PS1-5-Develop and use a model to describe how the total number of atoms does not
change in a chemical reaction and thus mass is conserved.
MS LS1-6-Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of
photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.

Teacher Notes and Tips:


• There are 8 puzzles with each science escape. However, they are all
independent of each other so the teacher can remove puzzles to ensure
there is enough time for some groups.
• The puzzles can be given in any order. They are not dependent on each
other.
• I would encourage the teacher to do the puzzles themselves before
giving them to the students. This will help them become a more
effective moderator when it comes to game day.
• Locks and a bunch of equipment is not needed to run this escape game.
Instead, use envelopes and give the students the next one as they show
their correct answers for each puzzle.
• The teacher will chose between the student answer document or the
digital lock document (instructions on page 2) to verify the codes.
• Allow students to work in groups 4 or less, but it’s ultimately your call.
• For a 40-minute class period use 5-6 total puzzles. If the classes are
long the students may be able to complete all 8.
• It’s OK if some groups don’t finish. In fact, you don’t want all groups to
finish. A typical commercial escape room has about 15-30% escape rate.
It’s an accomplishment to escape!
• Be prepared to provide subtle hints to groups who are struggling. If a
group has been working for over 7-10 minutes on a puzzle, give them a
hand so they can feel some progression within the game.
• The challenge video is in a separate folder with your download. Show it
at the beginning of class and start the timer.
• Students can use scratch paper or the back of their answer document for
math problems, etc.
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Science Escape Teacher Directions
Puzzle Information:
1. Tweet: At this station, students will read a tweet about the plants
overgrowth. They will unscramble a pile of terms to determine that the input
reactants should be carbon dioxide and water, while the output products is
sugar and oxygen. The tweet implies that they must ADD them up so they
will need to add the corresponding numbers together. There are two extra
terms that will not be used. Optional- the teacher may choose to cut the
depicted numbers off and use a UV pen/flashlight for this clue instead.
Reactants CO2 +water 33+52=85
Products glucose +oxygen 61 +17= 78
Reactants code is placed before the products code so the answer is 8578.

2. Phone: At this station, students will read the secret message and fill in the
blanks with the correct terms. They will substitute numbers that correspond
with the phone. Certain numbers are emphasized. The responses are
“dioxide, glucose, oxygen.” The emphasized numbers in order create the
code of 6874.
DIOXIDE 3469433 Code is 6876
GLUCOSE 4582673
OXYGEN 699436

3. Cipher: At this station, students will examine a post-it note and decipher the
clue using the reverse alphabet cipher. The decoded message reads, “which
tissue transports water from roots to leaves in vascular plants.” Therefore,
the answer is XYLEM.

4. 4 Images-1 Word: Students must examine the four images and infer a
connection between them. They all are examples of green plant life. Plus,
they are printed in the color GREEN so that is the answer.

5. Equation: At this station, students will examine the chemical equation for
photosynthesis. They must balance the number of atoms on both sides of
the equation. There is no coefficient in front of the sugar formulas (which
means ONE molecule is present - NOT zero). The coefficients create the
code so the code is 6616.

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Science Escape Teacher Directions
Puzzle Information Continued:
6. This or That: At this station, students will read statements and fold in the
side of the paper that has the correct answer. The number is on the back of
the side that is folded. The correct responses are “chemical, chloroplasts,
stoma, respiration.” Once folded, the numbers on the back will reveal the
code as 3867.

7. Pigpen: At this station, students will decrypt the pigpen cipher message on
the clipboard. It reads, “green pigment,” which refers to the green pigment
in the chloroplasts. This pigment is called CHLOROPHYLL so that is the
alphabetical answer.

8. Math Symbols: At this station, students will analyze the mathematical


equations. They must determine the numerical value for each of the plant
symbols. The hibiscus clue gets them started but you could choose not to
include it also. The three symbols and question mark at the bottom
indicate the order for the code. The hibiscus flower is 5, daisy is 8,
question mark is 1, and tree is 9. Therefore, the code is 5819.

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Photosynthesis Combinations
TEACHER KEY

#1: Tweet 4 Digit Code 8578

#2: Phone 4 Digit Code 6876

#3: Cipher alphabetical XYLEM

#4: 4 Images-1 Word alphabetical GREEN

#5: Equation 4 Digit Code 6616

#6: This or That 4 Digit Code 3867

#7: Pigpen alphabetical CHLOROPHYLL

#8: Math Symbols 4 Digit Code 5819

© Kesler Science, LLC


Photosynthesis Escape

YOUR CHALLENGE:

A genetically engineered plant is growing dangerously large and taking over


the city. Only the growth inhibitor can stop it. You must solve these puzzles
about photosynthesis to unlock the container that holds the cure. The city is
counting on you.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/hKoiLxnG8FA

© Kesler Science, LLC


Photosynthesis Combinations
Group # ____
Puzzle #1: 4 Digit Code ___ ___ ___ ___

Puzzle #2: 4 Digit Code ___ ___ ___ ___

Puzzle #3: alphabetical_______________

Puzzle #4: alphabetical________________

Puzzle #5: 4 Digit Code ___ ___ ___ ___

Puzzle #6: 4 Digit Code ___ ___ ___ ___

Puzzle #7: alphabetical_________________

Puzzle #8: 4 Digit Code ___ ___ ___ ___

Photosynthesis Combinations
Group # ____

Puzzle #1: 4 Digit Code ___ ___ ___ ___

Puzzle #2: 4 Digit Code ___ ___ ___ ___

Puzzle #3: alphabetical________________

Puzzle #4: alphabetical________________

Puzzle #5: 4 Digit Code ___ ___ ___ ___

Puzzle #6 4 Digit Code ___ ___ ___ ___

Puzzle #7: alphabetical _______________

Puzzle #8: 4 Digit Code ___ ___ ___ ___

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6 sets on this page
33 61 15
Carbon
glucose phloem
dioxide
52 17 42
water oxygen xylem

33 61 15
Carbon
glucose phloem
dioxide
52 17 42
water oxygen xylem

33 61 15
Carbon
glucose phloem
dioxide
52 17 42
water oxygen xylem

3 sets on this page


2 sets this page
The plants are taking over! Use
the phone to dial for help!
Carbon __ __ __ __ __ __ __ is absorbed by plants and
turned into sugar, or __ __ __ __ __ __ __.
__ __ __ __ __ __ is then released into the atmosphere.

The plants are taking over! Use


the phone to dial for help!
Carbon __ __ __ __ __ __ __ is absorbed by plants and
turned into sugar, or __ __ __ __ __ __ __.
__ __ __ __ __ __ is then released into the atmosphere.

2 sets on this page


5 sets on this page
dsrxs grhhfv dsrxs grhhfv
gizmhkligh gizmhkligh
dzgvi uiln illgh dzgvi uiln illgh
gl ovzevh rm gl ovzevh rm
ezhxfozi ezhxfozi
kozmgh kozmgh

dsrxs grhhfv dsrxs grhhfv


gizmhkligh gizmhkligh
dzgvi uiln illgh dzgvi uiln illgh
gl ovzevh rm gl ovzevh rm
ezhxfozi ezhxfozi
kozmgh kozmgh

4 sets on this page


8 sets- must be printed in color
Coefficients are important when balancing chemical equations.

__ CO2 + __ H2O __C6H12O6 + __O2

Coefficients are important when balancing chemical equations.

__ CO2 + __ H2O __C6H12O6 + __O2

Coefficients are important when balancing chemical equations.

__ CO2 + __ H2O __C6H12O6 + __O2

Coefficients are important when balancing chemical equations.

__ CO2 + __ H2O __C6H12O6 + __O2

Coefficients are important when balancing chemical equations.

__ CO2 + __ H2O __C6H12O6 + __O2

Coefficients are important when balancing chemical equations.

__ CO2 + __ H2O __C6H12O6 + __O2

Coefficients are important when balancing chemical equations.

__ CO2 + __ H2O __C6H12O6 + __O2

7 sets on this page


Radiant energy is transformed
kinetic into _____ energy through the chemical
process of photosynthesis.

The ____ allow plant cells to


chloroplasts absorb light energy. cytoplasm

Carbon dioxide enters the leaf


through small openings called
stoma _____.
phloem

____ creates energy for growth


photosynthesis
& reproduction in plants. Also, respiration
it happens both day and night.
5 3

8 4

6 1

2 7
4 sets on this page
Green
Pigment
3 sets on page-
clipboard indicates
the top of cipher

Cipher reads,

Green “green pigment”

Pigment

Green
Pigment
5 Hibiscus flowers
begin the clue.
Now do you know
what to do?

5 Hibiscus flowers
begin the clue.
Now do you know
what to do?

5 Hibiscus flowers
begin the clue.
Now do you know
what to do?
4 sets on this page- cipher is at bottom
Prize Ideas

The lists below are ideas you could use for prizes if the group escapes all of
the challenges.

• Pencils and erasers • Restroom pass


• Free test question answer • Lunch outside
• Free Redbox rental • Sit next to a friend pass
• Takis or Hot Cheetos • Winner ribbons
• Free coupon for a local • Extra clue for the next escape
establishment like Sonic or DQ room
• Lunch with the teacher • Let them present the next demo
• Lunch in the classroom • Brag tags
• Homework pass • Candy (obviously)
• Front of the lunch line pass • Leave class 2 mins early
• Free tardy pass • School supplies
• Bonus points • Wear a hat
• Gum passes • School “cash” or ”points”
• Technology pass • Plastic trophy
• Drop the lowest grade • Escape room winner wall
• Stickers • Picture posted to social media
• Dollar Tree trinkets • Computer time
• Choose your own seat • Teacher for 10 – 10 mins of being
• Sit in the teacher’s chair the teacher
• Medals • Popcorn party
• Pizza • 3D printing of their choice
• Headphones for the day • Lab coat for the day
• Pop sockets • Use notes on quiz
• Coke and a smile • Game master – allow students to
• Spin a wheel help setup the next game
• Gift cards • A pat on the back
• Keychains • Allow students to charge their
• Take your shoes off pass phone
• Posted picture on website • T-shirt or mug
• Deadline extension pass • Index card for an exam
• Pick the class music • Get creative
• Picture on the wall
• Bring a blanket pass
• Teacher assistant pass
• Feed the animal pass
• Pick the next review game
Editable Reward Templates

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you to <insert your you to <insert your
reward and center reward and center
the text> the text>

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you to <insert your you to <insert your
reward and center reward and center
the text> the text>

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you to <insert your you to <insert your
reward and center reward and center
the text> the text>
Science Escape Social Sharing

What Now?:

Escaping all of the challenges is only part of the fun. The other part is being
able to brag about it to your friends.

I have included a series of signs to be used to photograph the group after


they have escaped or not. Allow the students to choose the signs that best
represents them. I’ve also included templates which allow you to create
your own creative signs.

Encourage Sharing:

I will be monitoring the hashtags #keslerscience and #scienceescape on


Twitter and Instagram. I look forward to interacting with everyone there J

Be careful to when sharing student faces and please refer to your district
policy regarding this issue.
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