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Exciting Ways to Celebrate Winter Sports

If your students have the “Wintertime Blues” I have a perfect solution! A Winter Sports Breakout and STEM Challenge!

One day in the midst of the wintertime a group of 5th-graders asked me when we would be doing another Escape Room.  They actually cheered when I told them I was working on a new one.

It’s based on all the sporting events that happen during the winter and also has a little inspiration from the Winter Olympics. However, this Escape Room can be used every winter. It is not specific to the Olympics!

Winter Sports resource round-up- This post features a Winter Sports Escape and a Ski Lift STEM Challenge. Perfect for Wintertime!

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What is an Escape Room?

If you have not read about the projects we call Escape Rooms, let me fill you in a little. Escape Rooms are events that involve solving riddles and tasks to find clues to open a locked box. Students work together to find the keywords that lead to the needed information to unlock a lock. 

In this Escape Room, students have three tasks to complete. Each task gives them clues and they discover a lock code to open a locked box. The box gives them their next task. In the end, they either receive a certificate of completion or the materials and assignment for a STEM Challenge!  

How fun is that? Let me just tell you, I have students that enjoy these more than anything we do. They love the complexity and the excitement of racing to find the next clue and lock code.

Let’s take a closer look at this Winter Escape Room!

Winter Sports Escape

Winter Sports Escape Room –Students complete three tasks finding clues to open locked boxes. The resource includes a “paper” locking system you can try instead of boxes with real locks. After escaping, students will design a Ski Lift Chair with the STEM Challenge included in this resource.

TASK 1: This is the latest STEM Escape Room!  The first task is a math paper. The clues lead students to a specific ski resort which is displayed on a poster and when they find that poster they will also find the lock code. The photo above shows a little of the table students will use to compare the elevation of certain ski resorts and the average snowfall for those resorts. This math task is challenging!

Winter Sports Escape Room –Students complete three tasks finding clues to open locked boxes. The resource includes a “paper” locking system you can try instead of boxes with real locks. After escaping, students will design a Ski Lift Chair with the STEM Challenge included in this resource.

TASK 2: The second task is a map grid. Students place colored objects on the map and follow detailed directions to move objects all over the world.

If they follow the directions exactly one cube will end up near South Korea which will lead students to a poster of a sporting event.

And, of course, they will also find the lock code for the second box.

Winter Sports resource round-up- This post features a Winter Sports Escape and a Ski Lift STEM Challenge. Perfect for Wintertime!

TASK 3: The third task is to match images of athletes with descriptions of their sports. If the descriptions are placed correctly they will spell out the answer to a question that will lead to the final poster and the final lock code. To make this more challenging there are also two “fake” posters with numbers on them- so students have to really think about the clues and choose the right posters!   NOTE: The posters and activities in this Escape Room reference winter sports, but do not pertain to only a specific event. The resource will work every year!

What Happens Next?

The final box is unlocked and students grab a criteria card for a STEM Challenge! And what a spectacular challenge it is!

STEM featuring Ski Lift Chairs - students design Ski lift chair featuring a restraining bar and a skier! So creative and great for Wintertime!
STEM featuring Ski Lift Chairs - students design Ski lift chair featuring a restraining bar and a skier! So creative and great for Wintertime!

Students design ski lift chairs and skiers! I mean, seriously, just take a look at the skiers and chairs!  The students had a blast decorating their skiers with goggles and skis and ski poles. We hung these ski lift chairs on a rope in the STEM Lab and left our lift up on display for a while! So fun!

STEM featuring Ski Lift Chairs - students design Ski lift chair featuring a restraining bar and a skier! So creative and great for Wintertime!

This set of activities took two class sessions – one for the Escape Room and one for the STEM Challenge.

We used math, geography, following directions, collaboration, problem-solving, planning, designing, improving designs, and teamwork, and had so much fun!

It’s a perfect challenge for the wintertime!

Surprise! What if you need another Winter Sports Activity?

Winter Sports Scavenger Hunt- students search for a mystery word by completing questions on 10 task cards! Easy to set with minimal prep and great fun!

This Scavenger Hunt is so engaging!

How does this work?

  • Students read and search with 10 short passages on reading cards.
  • Each card contains a CODE WORD question. The answer to the question will be found on a different card.
  • This creates a trail of questions and answers that will ultimately lead students to find the Scavenger Hunt Mystery Word.

Your prep is minimal- just printing and displaying the reading cards. What a perfect way to keep students engaged.

Here is an idea! Use the Scavenger Hunt for early finishers of the Winter Sports Escape Room!

Don’t forget – when your students are tired of the cold, blustery winter days, add some exciting STEM sporting events. Click on any of the images to see details about these amazing resources!

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