Digital Escape Rooms

Increase Miller Elementary School’s Librarian Juli Hoffman is an expert in engaging students in careful, close reading. She showed fifth graders how to create digital escape rooms for each other using any narrative non-fiction book in the school's library.

Step one was for students to read the book of their choice, then isolate key terms to use as clues. They created four locks with those concepts: a rebus puzzle, a jigsaw, a cryptogram, and a matching game.

“Students challenged each other to unlock each one using their knowledge of the book's content and their smarts,” said Hoffman.