- Game Designer: Amanda Ross
- Content Area: Reading,
- Recommended Ages: Elementary
- Ideal Group Size: Small Group
- Suggested Time: 45 minutes
Baba made Nicki some beautiful snow white mittens and made him promise he would take care of them. Well, Nicki lost one of his mittens when he was playing outside one day and a few animals found the mitten and thought it made a nice, cozy home. The animals did not want to give the mitten back to Nicki, so they locked the mitten up in a box. Nicki needs to open up the box and get his mitten back before the time is up and he needs to get home to Baba. Can you help him?
This Breakout is inspired by the book “The Mitten” by Jan Brett. Students need to have read/heard the story before the Breakout.
3-DIGIT LOCK = 5-9-2
4-DIGIT LOCK = 1-9-8-9
ABC MULTILOCK = S-T-O-L-E
DIRECTIONAL MULTILOCK = RIGHT- UP-UP-RIGHT-DOWN
LOCKS APP = B-E-A-R
Print out one set for each group: large key mitten, four small mittens with BEAR letters on them, a maze, a code question, a QR code to bit.ly/mittenjigsaw (or print out a physical puzzle), two or three hint cards, a breakout poster, and (optional) parking lot and code recording sheet. Print out one set for the whole group: code decoder sheet and three large snowflake mittens.
In each group’s large Breakout EDU box, place a breakout poster. You could also add in some fun stickers (template included) and an actual white mitten. Place the hasp with the 5-letter lock, 4-letter lock, 4-digit lock, 3-digit lock, and directional lock on the large box.
In each group’s small lock box, place a blacklight flashlight, the small mitten with the letter “B”, a maze, a code question, and the QR code (or physical puzzle). Place the keyed lock on the small box.
On each group’s table, place the large Breakout EDU box, the small lock box, two or three hint cards, (optional) lock parking lot and code recording sheet, and iPad or other device with a QR code reader and internet access (if using the QR code).
Tape each group’s key to the back of the large key mitten (a different color for each group) and hide it somewhere around the room. The mitten says, “What do these animals have in common?” with a monkey, donkey, and turkey. Key is taped to the back.
Place the code decoder page somewhere in the common area for all to see. Have a copy of the book “The Mitten” by Jan Brett available in the common area for students to find the answer to the coded question. (I put a post-it note on the publication page and an arrow pointing to the year--1989.) The code question will read, “When did Jan Brett write The Mitten?” and the answer will be inside the book (1989).
On the large snowflake mittens, use the invisible ink marker to write the word “first” at the top of the “5” mitten. Write “second” on the “9” mitten. Write “third” on the “2” mitten. Place these mittens in a common area. You can keep them all together, but mixed up, on a table or place them on different wall spaces to make it more challenging. When the number of snowflakes are counted up on each mitten in order, it will reveal the code 592.
When students find the maze in the small box, they will follow the path from Nicki to the mitten and cross over five letters in order: STOLE.
When students find the QR code in the small box, they will use the QR reader and it will take them to a bit.ly link to an online jigsaw puzzle. When students complete the online jigsaw puzzle, they will see arrows pointing from Nicki to his mitten. These arrows in order are the combination to the directional lock (RUURD). If no devices are available, you can print out and cut apart a physical version of the puzzle for students to put together.
Hide each group’s other three small mittens (a different color for each group) with the letters “E”, “A”, and “R” around the room. Once students have all four mittens, they will place the animals in order that they went into the mitten in the story to spell the word BEAR.
OPTIONAL: Use the LOCKS App instead of a 4-letter lock.
Place an iPad or other internet connected device in the common area with the LOCKS app.
When students find the four small letter mittens from around the room, they will put them in order (the way the animals went into the mitten in the book) to read the word BEAR.
When they unlock the LOCKS app, it will take them to a bit.ly link to an online jigsaw puzzle.
When students complete the online jigsaw puzzle, they will see arrows pointing from Nicki to his mitten. These arrows in order are the combination to the directional lock. (If using this option, you do not need to put a QR code or physical puzzle into the small lock box.)
How to set the LOCKS App:
1. Log in to the LOCKS App.
2. Choose TEXT LOCK.
3. Name the Lock - The Mitten
4. Choose the letters in order - BEAR
5. Choose URL for LOCK REVEAL - bit.ly/mittenjigsaw
6. Click DONE and Preview the Lock.
NOTE: As your students are working in small groups, you will need to reset the lock after each group using your password. Or you can set up the lock onto a different iPad or device for each group.
5-letter lock: STOLE
4-letter lock (or use LOCKS app): BEAR
3-digit lock: 592
4-digit lock: 1989
Directional Lock: right, up, up, right, down
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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