I created a Breakout game for the class, but i didn't realize until AFTER I printed all the clues and locked the key in the box that everything was in Spanish! Luckily I know that the 2n, 3rd, and 4th graders have Spanish class twice a week, so I am sure they will be able to decipher the clues and Escapar!
This was how out last Breakout Game began. I created the game with the clues in Spanish to give the students an opportunity to use and apply what they have been learning. I am not a Spanish teacher, but I did have out Spanish teacher check over the clues to make sure all was correct. The children did a great job of figuring out most of the clues. I am always surprised at what does stump them. One clue read "dieciseis menos nueve." They knew what dieciseis and nueve meant, but the word menos in the middle stumped them. One when group heard the clue, something you would hear in math class, that flipped the switch and they knew what to do.
One fun aspect of the Breakout games is watching the team work. Some teams will be little machines going through the clues, while others will have a few stops and starts along the way. Some groups will go right to the lock and try random combinations (this never works!) while others will stop and look at the clues before they touch the lock. It is great to see who emerges as a leader and who are happy followers. I was pleased to see one students who in the past was on the sidelines and not contributing, to step up and figure out some the puzzles first. I mix the groups up each time we play to keep the dynamics different and to hopefully teach them that you need to figure out a way to work with everyone.
The students love playing the Breakout games. I love that they don't see them as work, even though they are doing more than the average worksheet (they have never cheered when I have handed out a worksheet.) I love watching them problem solve, think, work together and have fun learning. It is always a learning experience, even when they don't breakout. We always talk about what went well, what they would do differently and what they liked best. Breakout or not, Breakout Games are always a win win!
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