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Last Updated: February 21, 2023

Build Your Own Escape Room Using Gale Resources!

Escape Rooms are a unique way to engage your learners, and Gale is here to help you build them! In this webinar, we explored our pre-created content specific and blank Escape Rooms to help your students explore your Gale resources. We also reviewed best practices for Escape Room development and implementation. This session is intended for any educator looking to integrate Gale into their classroom.

Duration: 60 Minutes
Hello everyone and welcome

to today's training session on building

your own escape room using gale.

My name is Hannah rabu

and I'm gonna be your trainer today in

the chat. We also have Cinda Wood and Lindsay

Barfield, two other trainers on the team,

they're gonna be maining the Q and A box. If you have

any questions as we go throughout today's

session, please feel free to put them in the

Q and a box and they'll either type

them out. Type out some answers or or

I will answer them live

Let's go ahead and get started. Today

we are going to be talking about building your own

escape room using gill resources.

But first we're gonna start by reviewing

some prec created escape room content.

If you're not familiar, we have escape rooms

um for gil and content. elementary gallon

context, middle school and gallon context

high school available to you

as well as a DIY

build your own blank template.

So we're gonna be reviewing a prec created

escape room. I'm gonna be looking at the middle school

one today and then we're gonna go into the

blank DIY and talk about

how you can build your own for your classroom

or your library.

and at the end we'll have time for questions

and to review our support page but

definitely feel free to ask any questions

as we go throughout. Um the

session you'll see that Cinda has

put in the chat links to all of

the different um escape rooms that we have

on the support site so feel free to check

those out and save them. They'll also be

in the follow-up email that you receive tomorrow

and I've had a lot of questions about whether or

not this session will be recorded. It absolutely

is and you will receive it tomorrow

in your follow up email as well as

some links and some information about

future gale in the classroom sessions,

So first of all, what is a classroom escape

room? Well, it's a series of clues,

puzzles and ciphers and activities

related to the content of your choice.

So, you know, if you're a familiar user

of galling context that we have all kinds

of different resources available

to you and this really takes it to the next

level where students not only read and answer

questions, but take that a step further kind

of synthesize that information

in the forms of different puzzles.

It's a really great opportunity for students to

engage with the content and collaborate.

Prior to my time at gale. I was an eighth

grade english teacher for 10 years and

I was always looking for ways to engage

my students with the content and get them

to enjoy learning and classroom

escape rooms were a favorite of theirs. They loved

them so much and it was a great way

to get them really engaged and excited.

They were excited about learning and they didn't even realize

how much work they were doing while they were doing

it It's

a great way to use critical thinking and problem

solving skills because not only are they answering

those questions like I said they're taking it a step

further and are they're applying it

to solve different problems and make connections

between things.

and last but certainly not least. It's a way

to target various learning modalities

and scaffold as I go around as

I go through some of the best practices for incorporating

these escape rooms with your students. Um

I'm gonna mention several different ways that you can scaffold

to meet those diverse learners which

we know is always a win in the classroom,

So in these escape rooms we're pairing

the content with puzzles and clues

to really encourage that close reading

and analysis of text. So not

only are they engaging with the awesome resources

that we have here in gale and those awesome reading materials,

but they're taking it a step further and really analyzing

the text to solve some of these puzzles.

You can see here on the screen. This is an example

from our gale and context high school escape

room on the civil rights movement. And then

here we have one from the elementary

escape room

we have a a puzzle and

um a pig pin cipher which are two very popular

escape room tools.

So let's start by reviewing the setup

and best practices. Um like I mentioned

at the beginning, we are gonna start by reviewing

one of the premade escape rooms that you have

available to you on the gill support

site and like I said, I was a middle

school english teacher for 10 years. So

I'm gonna start by looking at the middle

school example

So one of the first steps that you're going to want to

take when using one of these escape rooms

is to really read through the instructions

and tips as well as the task instructions

and arrangements.

those pages look like this in the premade

content. So as you can see

the instructions, review some instructions

for before starting the escape room,

some tips and best practices for while

your students are participating and then

some tips and tricks for after the escape

room has finished

Also for each task

there are

um some instructions and arrangement

tips as far as what students are going to

complete for each task. So reading

these two documents, is really going to familiarize

you with the content, what students are going to learn,

inspire ways to use this with the, with

your students, whether it be before you

start a unit or kind of as a culminating

activity at the end of the unit.

And it really describes recommended setup

instructions and best practices.

I can't stress enough that an escape room is

not something that you can jump into five

minutes before class, they do take a little while

to set up. Um But if you have some

eager students, I know that I always did

because they love these activities. They were always

ready to jump in and cut out and you

know put the activities in envelopes for the next

day because they were excited about this type of activity.

So to preface it it is a little

bit of a setup but it's totally worth it in the end.

The second step that you're gonna wanna follow is

determining how you want students to access

the gale in context materials.

Um There is a

resources access page that describes

this, you can

see as the gif plays on the left hand

side of your screen. One of the easiest

ways to assign content is by using

the advanced search and the gil document

number at the bottom of every gil

document, you'll notice that there's a gil document

number at the bottom of the page. Using

the advanced search, students can apply the,

the filter for. document number and it will

take them directly there. Alternatively,

if you want students to access

this using their email or maybe an L

MS system that you use in your classroom.

The Glink tool is always trusty.

Um you can see up here at the top, you click the

get link tool,

share it with your students and it will send them directly

to that document.

the third step and probably the most time

consuming step is to print the escape

room tasks using the printing

suggestions page,

So best practice is really to have a folder

for each task and a folder

equal to the number of groups. So

if you have six groups of students then you would

have six folders for each of the different


I have some folders here, you probably

can't see them behind me, I'll show you

a picture of them.


but on the, on the front of the folder you

can put the task description and inside

all of the materials for that task, it

makes it a lot easier to, for students to

progress throughout them

and um to access all of the activities.

So you'll see in all of the premade content

there is a printing suggestion page

and be sure to note that some of them

include two per page just to cut

back on copies and save you some time.

Um So the printing suggestions

will definitely help you.

And also um in

the task descriptions and instructions

make a note that some of the activities

are cut and sort activities meaning

you'll cut out the different pieces of paper for students

to interact with.

here. You can see my examples of some

folders, so these task cards, which

I'm going to review later are totally optional.

They do, you know, kind of jazz up the folder a little

bit, but honestly just as effective

as writing task. One on the outside of the folder,

on the inside. You'll see that I have the task

instructions page as

well as some as some directions.

Here in this envelope is an example

of a cut and sort activity.

can see here this one is actually

an activity where students um put

these events in

chronological chronological order. So

all the activities are in a manila envelope,

you can use a white envelope, a baggie

whatever you have on hand. Just to keep

those organized. And if you decide

that you really like these activities and

you want to use them again with other classes

or in the future you can laminate these

and make them really um reusable

and keep them protected. So that every time

you don't, you do this, you don't have to set it up again.

and here's an example of what that activity would look

like once it's finished. Um As

I've mentioned, escape rooms are all about finding

the secret codes. So once the students

have these in the correct order

this would be their secret code 73618254.

So as a teacher best practices or

as a librarian, if you're doing this in your library

Uh Best practice is to have your answer key

in your hand at all times because students are gonna get

really really excited and they're gonna be raising their hand.

I think I got it. I think I got it. You can look

check their code quickly and if they got

it right hand them the folder for task

number two

and have them progress through. So definitely

be sure that you have that teacher answer key printed

out so you can give them permission to move

on Um if you have a teacher's

aide or a teacher's assistant or a library

assistant definitely a good time to

have them help out because they're gonna be

really excited to move on to the next task

and to get their code checked.

Now I mentioned scaffolding and differentiating

for your diverse learners. So obviously

you can pair the students and group them how you

want. And what I love about these

activities is that every time I would do this

in my class, um the high achieving

students would really lift everyone else up.

They, they all tended to work together

really, really well and even

the students who were more reluctant learners

would get really, excited about solving

these puzzles and would definitely jump in

and get excited. So as you have

that teacher answer key and you're walking

around assisting the other students, this

is a great time to provide those supports

because some groups are going to be speeding ahead.

They don't really need any help, but the other ones,

you can kind of help them and guide them like

oh are you sure that it starts with three? Maybe

look again? You know what I mean? Kind of guide them

as you go through

Now your next step is going to be giving

all groups their task one folders.

So you're gonna give them the task one folder,

give them their group answer sheet. You want

to be sure that each group has one group answer

sheet and you're gonna show them how you want

them to access the materials. So

if you've shared them via the glink to your L

MS. system then be sure to tell them hey check

google classroom or school G or canvas

to access the links or if

you're having them use the gall document number,

be sure that they know how to perform that advanced

search, you could write that up on the board

or even share the slide that I have in this presentation

up on the board so they know how to access those.

So here's an example of ta the task

one folder and you can see that task one

actually just consists of seven different

questions. So um I've just

taped the questions inside of the folder

and again this just cuts down on the copies because

this means that I only had to make this one copy

for that group of students.

Here's an example of the group

answer sheets.

Your next step is to get started. So this

is when you know the the kids are gonna be really

excited when you hand them the task

one folder, Be sure to tell them. Don't open

the folder yet. We're not ready to get started. Wait

until I say go and then you tell

them to go

and then when they get started, your job is to walk

around and assist them as needed, provide

those scaffolds and supports um help

the groups that need a little bit more assistance and

really encourage them to work together. Um

When a group gets the code correct,

then you're gonna hand them with the folder for

the next task. So like

I said best practice is to have

a folder for each task equal to

the number of groups have those in your

hands so you can hand them to them as

soon as they're ready to move on to the next.


Uh, anna I see your question about opening

the templates without power point.

Um, maybe you have

a, if you have access to maybe google slides,

you should be able to open it that

way. Um, but that's a absolutely

something that we could also post in a Pdf

format. Um that's the kind of feedback

we love to get from these sessions. So if

you know more people would like to see this posted as a PDF.

Absolutely, we can do that.

um Sarah as far as how many students should

be in each group. Um

I would think, you know, I usually did between

usually three or 45

tends to be, you know, too many cooks, but I think

three or four would be perfect. Or even if

you have some high achieving students, you could do it

in groups of two

And um you could have

them access it individually. That

would probably be best so they can all read and analyze

that information together.

Keep those questions coming in the Q. And A.


the question about resources access. I think

Cinda is answering that in the chat.

Ok, so those are your steps for using

the prec created content.

All of the directions are pretty much there,

All of the activities are made, there's different

types of puzzles. Um

But definitely the most important thing is to read

through all of the instructions and tips and

arrangements have them printed out and

ready to go when your students enter the room

and be sure that you're walking around with that answer

key, keeping them engaged and

on task and encouraging them as they


And here we have some awesome pictures

of some of our studentss

um completing the gallon context, elementary

scavenger hunt. This is my uh colleague

Cinda young ones. Uh

just like teachers, kids, trainers kids

typically get to um try

out our activities first. They're

guinea pigs. So I definitely wanted

to share them doing this gall and context elementary

scavenger hunt. You can see them super engaged,

notice that they have headphones if

you're an experienced gall and context user,

you know, we that that we have the text to speech

E reader built in

The elementary scavenger hunt actually includes

a video as well. So remember

for those students who may struggle to read

the content that we have that read

to speak um text reader

that they can, you know, use some headphones

and have the documents read allowed to them as well.

Ok keep those questions coming in the Q. And

a box. Now we are going to get started

on creating your own escape room.

So this one is a little bit more detailed

and this is one that probably

has to be posted as a power point

because it is editable. And I'm

gonna show you how to make some of those

edits during this session.

But creating your own escape room really allows

you to find your own content.

Find something that's interesting to you and relevant

to your students and customize

this activity to fit their needs.

So you can access this. I know that

Cinda has been um

sharing this in the chat. Oh and she just gave a shout

out. Yeah. Tommy's in first grade. And

with the listen feature he was able to complete

this activity which is so awesome.

So you can scan the QR code to access

this copy of the blank escape room.

Or you can visit the website here.

This is also in the chat and it will be included

in tomorrow's follow up email that you'll receive

after the session.

The cover of it looks like this.

And you can see on the side that all of the different

um, areas on the blank escape

room um are fillable

by you, the librarian or the teacher

who is doing this in their own learning


So you'll be able to edit these in PowerPoint

or in google slides

So the first step when developing your

own escape room is to determine

your topic and your purpose. So

this activity works really well as an introduction

to a topic or as a culminating

activity at the end of the unit

and a really great place to get started is

to view our gale in context topic pages

Now here in the example I have included

elementary, middle and high school

as gale in context. But keep in mind

that any gale in context database can

definitely be used for this type of activity.

If you're a subscriber to biography

or opposing viewpoints or environmental

science or science. These

these escape room activities can be applied

to any of those different databases.

So I use these for the at the as the example.

But definitely feel free to branch out. I

could even see the use of some ebook

content in these as well.

upcoming. In the spring we have gale in

context literature which I know a lot of people

are really excited about. Uh My former

english teacher hart is definitely excited

about it And um escape rooms could definitely

work with gale in context literature too.

Um To do

rooms with some of your favorite novels.

Um as an eighth grade english teacher, I regularly

did an escape room on the outsiders with my

students at the end of us. Reading the book

is kind of a a prep for the

end of the novel test and it was always

a big hit,

So you'll notice here's an example of

a topic page in gale and context. High school.

I know that the Crucible is a popular um

literary work covered in the high school level.

But I did want to call out all of the different

document types that we have in

gale in context. So I know a lot

of people you know will fall into using just

reference material or you know,

overviews but like I said in

gall and context elementary. Um one

of the stations involves a video

Um there's definitely you know various

ways to incorporate the different content,

so feel free to use one of the audio

files or a critical essay

or images section. Get really

creative with all of the different document types

because that's just gonna engage the students even

more with the content

Ok So once you have decided, what

do I want my escape room to cover and

how am I going to use it? Um

The next step is to read through

the instructions and tips and task

instructions and arrangements.

This is gonna help you map out your escape room

So like I said discovering the topic pages

is a really great place to get started but

remember that you can use more than one topic

page so if I'm teaching the Crucible

for example I may also want to pull

in the topic page on the Salem witch trials

so feel free to really um mix

it up on your topic pages and the types of


because in this example you're

gonna have in the DIY escape room

seven different stations for students to

progress through seven different tasks.

So you're going to need to find seven different

resources that fit your chosen topic.

You're also going to read in these directions.

The amount and types of questions that you need

to develop for each task.

anna's gonna describe the recommended

setup instructions and best practices.

These are really similar to the prec created

materials in that you're going to want

a folder for each group of students. For

each task, you're going to want to have

those cut and sort activities cut out

and in an envelope or in a baggie and

you're gonna have everything ready for them so that when

they complete their first task, they can go on

to the second one.

but the main purpose of these two documents

is definitely determining how many resources

you need to find and what types of questions

that you want.

So like I said in the DIY blank template

you're gonna have seven tasks and

each tasks, instruction section

lets you know how many questions that you'll need to


And for those users who are Gail

in context for educators subscribers,

this is a great time to use some of those questions

and assessments that are built into the resource.

Feel free to use those questions

in your escape room tasks. Those

you know every lesson plan and for educators

comes with those different critical thinking

questions. So definitely feel free to

use those work smarter, not harder,

reuse those questions as some of your escape

room tasks.

so you'll see here that there are seven different

task instruction pages and each

one says the number and type of questions

that you'll need to develop for each task,

So you'll see here in this example for task

four you're gonna choose whatever

gallon context document you want to use

and create seven multiple choice questions

for students to answer based on the resource.

I'm looking at the Q and A box

Um Jill. I actually love that.

Um question about making one of the

tasks, how to use gale.

Um I really like that and we're always looking for

you know different ideas to incorporate into our resources.

Um That is awesome.

Uh Susan Absolutely! Um adult

learners could definitely do these activities.

I know my friends and I love to go to the local escape

rooms so you know

at gale in the gall and context databases,

you know that we have um reading

content adapted to different lex levels.

So if you're looking at adult adult learners

you could definitely use a level five content.


You know the puzzles may be a little bit more simple

for them because they are adults but when you

up that reading content level to a really

high lex, this could definitely

be adapted.


for adult learners.

and Monica. I'm gonna let uh Cinda

send you those links in the chat for the

other escape rooms.

So this is really important before you even

get started to review these task

instruction pages because they're

gonna tell you exactly how many questions

that you need to develop for each resource

that you find.

So for this 17 multiple choice

questions as a teacher, as

a librarian, you're skilled in making these

type of questions. So you can go through

the document and find the answers that you want

your students to find.

Ok, so step three and this is the biggest

one. Um you're gonna use your gale and

context databases. Remember to branch

out, it doesn't just have to be elementary, middle

or high. Um you could use ebooks,

you could use you know gall and context opposing

viewpoints. National Geographic

kids, whatever you're a subscriber to, you

can get really um you can

really vary the type of resource that

you're using for these

for the DIY template. You're gonna find seven

resources and you want to review

with the students how they're going to access them

using their resource access. So

whether you want to use that gilli

tool or the gil document number, you

need to decide. As a teacher or a librarian

how you want them to access that

See here I have the different gall and context


The topic pages are a really great place

to get started. Um and if you've

used scale in the past, you know that you can use

the search tool and if we have a topic

page curated for that topic,

um it will appear in a bold face font

and you can select that option

and it will take you to the topic page that has been

curated for that subject

here we have a resource access page where

you can record the gall document number.

Um This would be fine to cut out and

print and give to your students or even

to project this on the board so that they

can look up and see the gale document

number. What they want to search for lots

of different ways that you could could use

this resource access truly. Just your

personal preference. Whether you want to

give them the numbers or share it with the Git

link to your L MS system

Ok, so this is a general set

up. These task cards

and task description pages are

available for all seven tasks

that are in the DIY template.

So topic pages are a great place

to find these images but I can't

stress enough that this really isn't necessary.

This is an optional step if you want to jazz

up how they look. Um But alternatively

you could just label each folder with the

number of the task. I did include

um the task card on my folders

But if as a teacher I know that I often

didn't have time to do that. So I would

typically just take it sharpie and write

task one on the folder that works just

as well.

as far as these task descriptions go,

you'll notice that throughout the DIY template,

everything is editable and typically in this

bold face italics orange font.

So you can go in and add your own descriptions

and titles as you progress throughout the

the tasks.

So when I created the the premade

content for the escape rooms, what

I used was the topic pages for the

different topics that I was covering

in these tasks. So for example,

in those task cards for the topic

pages um I would just use

this image here and post it. Um

that way it would be on the outside of the folder

and I usually use this um

description of the topic in

the task information section on the cards.

So this is an example of what it looks

like when finished.

You'll see this optional task card

that will go on the outside of the folder. All

I've done is add this picture from the topic page

and here on the task one um

instruction card that the students have inside

of their folder.

I've just used the overview from the topic

page on the Crucible

You'll notice that each task

card also has instructions

so you would post this on the outside

of the folder if you choose to use this

and this would be on the inside of the folder

providing them with some background information

um as well as some directions for progressing

through the task.

Ok. This is where I'm going to start showing

you how to set up some of these different

tasks. Now, some of them I have

cut down on the size of just for space

on this PowerPoint page, I didn't want to be

alternating back and forth between too many

different tabs. So I'm gonna be

minimizing out of presenter mode and

showing you how to edit some of these

but this is a setup for task one.

So you'll see we have this orange font

which will allow you to click on it. That's why this

was published as a PowerPoint doc.

So you can go in and edit to fit your own


so students are gonna have the task one question

and this is the only example that I have included

included the answer sheet on because

task one requires you to make an edit

on the answer sheet a little bit.

So when I go out of presenter mode,

you'll see this is how it will show up in the blank

tower, the blank power point template


you can type in your questions.

in each of the different sections

before you print them

and they are gonna show up in that orange font font

but feel free to you know, change

the font color

to fit your needs.

And then in the answer sheet

um you'll see here I have type your

question, your answer should be one

word. That's because this is what

the answer key looks like for task one

So if your students

If the answer to your first question

is answer, hopefully yours are a little bit more

um concrete than that.


You'll see that you need to shade boxes on

the answer sheet to help students reveal

a code.

So each of the tasks in these escape

rooms have studentss solving some sort of code

or puzzle. So for this one,

for example, you could select

this box

you can go to table design

and shade that in.

So the students know that

their code letter for um

# one is going to be the letter


Now one way that you could scaffold this and

make this a little bit easier for students

is to block out the boxes that they're not

going to use for the question.

So here um answer is

six letters. So if I wanted to

block the rest out and kind of give them a a bit

of a hint

on what the answer is going to be. That way they know

that it's a six letter answer, you

can do that or you can leave it open and make

it a little bit more challenging for them.

Same thing if my answer

to # two was


then the same thing I would want to go in.

Shade one of the boxes,

And then my students would know that the letter for

# two was the letter D. If

I want to scaffold that and make it a little bit easier.

I can select the boxes.

and black them out

so because this is posted as a PowerPoint

document it, it, it is editable

by you, the teacher or the librarian.

So I have, you know, set seven

questions as the standard

here for task number one um but

if you don't want to do seven questions, if you would

rather do five or if you'd add a little bit more

then you can absolutely add them here on

your own because it's in power point and

you can adjust the, you know, the number of

rows or columns um in the

answer sheet.

So because this isn't PowerPoint, it is customizable.

now. Alternatively, if you don't feel comfortable

editing this and power point, um

when you print off the different tasks and the answer

sheets, you could just highlight the boxes. So

the students would know

It's a great another great time that you can

incorporate those student helpers the

day before when you're setting it up, you can have an example

one and show them what to do on the other copies.

Now. Task two is probably

the most complicated one to edit. And

I'm look I think I'm gonna upgrade this a little

bit to be more like the pig pin cipher.

So look out for an updated version

of um

The hieroglyphics page on the middle

school and the DIY

but as it stands currently, um the

questions here, you're gonna come up with

um fill in the blank questions

and the answer is going to be

a cipher code which students will have

to decipher to answer.

So again, I'm gonna exit out of

presenter mode.

to show you how to edit it.

so you need to make this a fill in the blank


like that. The answer is

And then here it says to use

the snipping tool or to take a screenshot

to compose your answer in hieroglyphics

So if you're not familiar with how to take a screenshot

on the computer or to snip something, it's

actually really, really easy.

you can use on a Windows computer

on a Pc. The Windows key shift

and the S button.

or if you're using a Mac, it's shift control

four. So you can select

the images um because I shrunk this

down for this presentation, it's gonna be a little

bit small but it will, it'll work

to show you um a demonstration.

So if the answer to my question,

I'm gonna use dogs because it's a short word to

show you,

then I would want to select the D.


The G and S.

So I'm using a Pc. So I'm gonna do Windows

key shift. S

To select the different images.

And then I can pay I can paste this by

right clicking and pasting.

or I can use control V.

so there we have the first

remember that my word here is dogs.

And you get the picture how I miss selecting

each of those letters

that students are then going to

um decipher

so again use the snipping tool

um you these slides will be sent

to you but remember these really simple screenshot

codes? Um They make

life a lot easier.

So here you can add these for each of

the different questions

have your fill in the blank and this will be the

answer to the fill in the blank question.

Again, this is probably the most time consuming.

Um It's not super difficult, especially after

you get the hang of it. And sometimes

the um

The letters will repeat. So you know,

once you have the letter D. You could just move

it from the top down to the bottom, make a copy of it.

Ok, so task Two, the setup

is to use the hieroglyphic cipher tool

and you know, create a a fill in

the blank question for the students to decode.

Now remember any task information I'd like

to get this from the topic page and you

can enter a title here um based

around whatever resources or topic you're

having. The students solve for task number

two Task

# three is an example. Um

I showed you this previously

in the premade content but

this is um a a kind

of sorting activity where students are

going to arrange the events in chronological


So you'll see this is what it looks like completed.

You'll type the events, the students will put them

in the correct order and these numbers

will reveal the code that they'll put on their

answer sheet. This is what you're gonna

check and approve before they move on to the next


so again, this is editable. You

can click on this this orange text,

type your own events, copy and paste them

from the gall resource um

and then have these printed and cut out for students

to arrange. And this has a really

quick check on the teacher or librarian

side because you just have to quickly dance

uh glance down at these numbers to see if

they're correct or not. And what I was doing

when I was in the classroom is if they only

had a couple mixed up, then I would need you know, take a pencil

around with me and mark the couple that were

wrong so they would know Ok now these

are the only ones that we have in the wrong place

and again just kind of scaffolding as you go

to give them some assistance instead

of saying it's all wrong, you know, just

mark the few that they have in the wrong place

so they can go back and fix it.

Yes, you're right, Nikki, they really wouldn't

have to have access to the resource, but I like

to encourage them to read through it

as well. Um just to

kind of give them that background knowledge.

Uh Jill you're right. The how um

a great place to show them how to search. Gail. I like

that. for

task three.

I love the idea of really familiarizing

these, the students with these resources

um you know research and those research

skills can never start too soon.

Um so it's definitely good to get them familiarized

with using a database on their own.

OK. Task four is

developing some multiple choice


and you'll see here there are seven multiple

choice questions um designed

for task four.

And once you know, these are cut and sort

activities. So you would cut these out

along the dotted edge and have them in an

envelope. So not only your students,

you know, answering the question, they're putting them putting

them in the correct order. And one

way that you can kind of up the game on

this is that I automatically have

Abc and D. But

in Some of the pre created ones. You'll notice

that I have some different options

and that the options actually spell out

a word at the end, like in the Middle

School one, I think that the multiple

choice um spell out the word ancient

for example.

So you can definitely get creative with

these um answers and actually give them

a code word at the end.

but here really simple, you're just going to,

you know, select this,

Um Type your your question

and then your answers. And like I said, if you want

to get creative and change these

um answer options,

feel free to to do that.

That's what I like about this being at a power point

is that you can really edit it and get creative

with it on your end

Ok next is um task

number five which is a matching

activity. So um I have

it as inserting an image but

in the high school premade escape

room you'll see that I've actually have some

different events I think it's cause and effect

different effects linked with their calls

so it does say images but feel free to get

creative here um if there aren't a lot

of images for the topic that you're covering

in the gale and contact searches then

feel free to get you know um

to get some different options here

for students to solve like cause and effect

or um you know, words to definitions

or something in the resource. A lot of room

for creativity here

So as an example this is an image that

I've gotten from um the gallon

contact high school database and

it's a picture of the school desegregation


So if I was making task five for my


then you would delete the text.

drag the image over and resize

it to fit the box. Now remember this is

in power point. So if your box needs to be a little

bit bigger or you need your picture to be larger,

you have the ability on your end to

change this.

and then this is a picture of the do the

um school desegregation march

so I can add that here as my answer.

And once these are all cut out, the students

are going to put the numbers in order and

then match the letters to the correct

corresponding number and then

that's going to give them their code at the end.

Jenna. Yes, I love Jill's idea too.

I think that will be um my

next project how to use gale escape room,

I love the idea,

OK go back to our presenter


and go on to task six.

So ta task task

six is one of my favorite ones because

it's actually reading through um some biographical

content on gale and context. Um Most

of the pages, the topic pages have some

sort of biographical content um

whether it's on a famous historical figure

or an author um or an

athlete. There are lots of different biography


So I like this because it's almost like a social

media page for um that

that figure that you're just that you're learning

about. Um in the middle school

prec created escape room. Um This

one is on, oops sorry, this one

is on Julius caesar.

So the students are gonna go through and

complete this information

on that particular historical figure.

And then what their actual task is to

move on is to

decipher a quote using the pig

pin cipher.

and this was always one of my students favorite ones

because it was hard for them to grasp


this cipher at first. But then once they got

it, they were really, really excited.

So this is um an example of

one that the students would use. But

this is um where I'm thinking about

upgrading the hieroglyphics


is to set it up like this because there's also

a teacher copy that just allows

you to copy and paste. You don't have to use screenshots

here and you're gonna come up

with a famous quote by that figure

and put it here and that will be their code. So

this could also serve as kind of a separate grade

from the escape room because they're completing this

kind of facebook page. Um For this

this figure that you're doing the biographical

information on

but to show you how to use this, I use one of my favorite

quotes, not by someone that's in uh gall

in context but it's one of my favorites be

a fountain, not a dream. So if I wanted

to create this font, this

quote here for my students to decipher

all you have to do on the teacher copy

is select the letter. You'll see how it

put the picture box around it.

I can copy and paste. That

and drag it over.

Same with the E

and I get kind of tedious with getting them lined

up really. Either

So you would write your quote right here

for your students to decipher.

on their answer key.

So a pipin


Works like this, you'll see

that each of the letters are in kind of their own

box here. So like the letter

a looks like this backward L shape

B. Is three sided square.

Like with the top bar missing. C.

Is kind of an L. Shape.

And then it progresses. J. Is kind of that

backwards. L. With a dot in it.

So all the students get. They, they'll have

a copy of the cipher but they'll have

to figure out where each letter


So once they realize like, oh is

this shape with a dot, they'll be able

to decipher.

So like here has it kind of deconstructed

but you can see that shape A. As the backwards


B. Is the square with the top missing. C.

Is the L.

So they're gonna use their copy of the cipher

with this one that you've created

It works almost like the hieroglyphics.

Um but this is kind of a a larger

shape that they're deconstructing and finding

the letter for.

Hopefully that made sense. But this is a really popular

one. So there are lots of youtube videos describing

it as well.

You are very welcome.

so like I said, this one is a lot easier because you

can just select

the letter here,

copy and paste it into the box.

OK. The last task, which is

Task seven.

is matching an answer to

the question.

So this is one that you set up with matching.

and once they're in numerical order. The letters

here over to the side will reveal the code.

And again, this is one that you can,

type your answer in this is


You can type your question.

with the answer. Once these are

cut out and placed in an envelope within your

folder, students are gonna be matching

and pairing these answers together.

You could also do a fill in the blank type question

here you

get creative if there was some more biographical

content that you wanted to use, you could match the

person with their accomplishment

um in the elementary scientists

and inventors escape room. Um

I believe the invention is matched

with the inventor and students watch a video

on that to kind of, you know, hear about the different

inventors and what they created and they match

them. Here

But as long as it's a matching question this will

work. and the once they're

in the correct numerical order that reveals the code

for the students.

Ok, so once you have done all of that,

like I said, task three is the most

intense one. It's creating all of your

questions, it's filling in those, fill in the blanks.

Um but remember, it's in power point. So it's all

editable and you can make any changes

if you don't want to have seven

sources. If you want to knock out one

of the escape room tasks, it's editable,

so feel free to, you know, remove task

number three if you want and only have six.

Um really an option for

you to get creative um to what fits

your students needs the best.

But task three is really long. It's the one where

you do all of the work

Task four is where after

you have, you know, plugged in all of those questions

and all of the answers, you are going

to print these tasks out

using the printing suggestions page. Remember

that? Some of them are two per page to

cut back on the number of copies

and you should have a folder for each task

equal to the number of groups that you have

Be sure to print off the answer sheets for each

group and an answer key so that you can

move around the room and check.

And then this is just like the pre creative content.

You're gonna give students their task one

folders and their answer sheets. You're

gonna show them how you want them to access the content

and then they're gonna wait for you to say go to get started.

and then they're gonna get started, they're gonna be excited.

You're gonna walk around the room assisting them as

needed when they get a code correct?

Give them that the next folder, cheer

them on if you want to do some sort of sort

of reward bonus points. Um

my eighth graders would have done anything for

a sticker to put on their notebook. Really.

Whatever fits the needs of your students, whatever

encourages them,

sometimes just bragging rights is enough

and then at the end they escaped

High fives around.

They'll be excited.

and hopefully really engaging with the content

in a way, you know, so engaged that they don't even

realize how much reading and how many questions

they're answering, how much, you know, deep

thinking with the with the content

I agree Lynn um unfortunately we

don't really have a way to do that now,

um some places will do that

um with a google website or a google

form to make it completely digitized.

Um That's something that we've talked about in the future

for sure is kind of branching out

and making some more um

content that is available just digitally

because definitely it's a lot of like I said it's a lot

of copies, it's a lot of time to set

up um but the students, you know, typically

really, really like it,

thank you Jessica. I love these types of activities

and I hope that your students do too. If

you all have any success stories

with this, if you do this in your classroom or your library

definitely reach out to me and let me know

because I would love to have, you know, some examples

of how this has been used in some ways that you

have gotten created creative with

this content and edited it to fit

your needs like already in the Q and A.

We've had some examples of you

know, how to use gale escape room and I love

that idea. So definitely feel

free to share those with me. I would love

to get some more feedback.

So I definitely want to encourage you to check out

the support site, this is where you can find

all of these premade escape rooms

and the blank DIY one as well,

but we have so much more than just that. We have

lots of lesson plans, scavenger

hunts, prerecorded videos

and webinars, lots of tips and tricks on

how to use and navigate gale.

So I definitely encourage you to check out

the support site, tons of information

available there. Um I know

because like I told you I just left the classroom,

Um Not too long ago before I joined

the gale team so I know how

how limited time is and how hard it is to

you know, come up with some of these activities so much

and that's why I wanted to create some prec created

materials um for you

to be able to incorporate in your classroom because it's great

to have exciting content for students but

it's not always easy to find the time to create

them Um So we

definitely have a lot of lesson plans and activities,

check those out.

And I do want to give a shout out to my two

colleagues who have been manning the Q and A session

here today. We're doing a gale in the classroom

series of webinars. This was the first one

on building your own escape room, but

coming up on March 21st we have one

um for history and social studies teachers

or librarians looking to Their history

game in the library, teaching

historical contextualization using

gail and context primary sources.

Um Cinda has created I think five different

lesson plans that are available now on the support

site to go along with that Webinar. So

definitely check that one out and

the next week on March 23

um Lindsay is going to be conducting a webinar

on inquiry based learning with context

science. So some registration links

to these 22 sessions will be in our follow-up

email today, so be sure to check those

out and definitely share them with any colleagues

that you think would be interested in the history

or the science content.

I encourage you to connect with us, like

I said, my name is Hannah rabu

and I am your training consultant for the

escape rooms. So if you have any

questions or any success stories, feel free

to reach out to me at my email address, take

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Yes, Jessica. The recording will be shared out.

Um it will come tomorrow in a follow up


Oh thank you so much. I hope that you guys

can really use these and have a good time with them

in your class and in your library

thank you all for joining today.

Thank you Sam

Thank you Nikki, I'm so glad that you enjoyed

it. Feel free to share any success stories you

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