You guys!! How am I just learning about Digital Breakouts?! What a fantastic way to load up the little darlings with tons of Comprehensible Input AND give this exhausted teacher a break! They work hard and I get the chance to sit back and marvel at how far they’ve come and how much they’ve acquired!! Win-win!
My dear friend Julie first opened my eyes to the beauty of Digital Breakouts by showing me Nelly Hughes’s Interumpimos este programa (check out her Comprendes Méndez store on Teachers pay Teachers for other great resources!)
My Spanish 2s totally loved Nelly’s “Escape Digital” and I didn’t want my Spanish 1s to be left out of the fun! Since Nelly doesn’t have any breakouts for level 1, I decided I would make one. And then I didn’t think about anything else until I did. (Crazy and obsessed!) Seriously, I sat at my desk for 4 and a half hours last week writing this ¡Haz los quehaceres! Escape Digital. Full disclosure: I have to admit the clues were inspired by Nelly’s Interumpimos este programa! Like ALL of them… I have no original ideas. Gracias, Nelly!
To play: Divide students into groups of 2-4 students and it works best for everyone to have a device.
To increase the motivation (but honestly, they would have been engaged without it!) I announced that the first team to break out would earn 3 stamps, the second team would earn 2 stamps and the 3rd place team would earn 1 stamp on their Stamp Sheet. Since they were still working hard after the 3rd place teach finished, I decided that I would stamp anyone who “escaped” and the students who already were finished practiced vocab on Quizlet.
Give them the link : Escape digital: Haz los quehaceres and walk them through the main screen. We read and translated it together. In my 3rd period class, I just turned them loose and there was a lot of panic “What do we do!?” “Where are the instructions?!” “Ahhh!“… for my 7th period I set them up better, explaining that they would have to solve each puzzle and showed them where to type in their solutions. They should read everything closely and think about different ways the puzzle could be solved. 7th period was a lot calmer and solved the puzzles faster without any clues…I guess it’s all in the set up! Students can read all the clues but if they can click “make a copy” if they would like to be able to edit the document, if they think that will help them solve the puzzles.
They’ll click on the links, figure out the puzzles then they’ll type their answers into a google form and t get instant feedback- if they don’t have the answer correct, the answer field stays red and they are unable to submit their answers until they’ve figured out the correct word, words or numbers.
Clues and answers: This Escape Digital took my Spanish 1s about 20-35 minutes to complete. Depending of timing you might want to give them a few clues to move them along if they get stuck, but hold off until the end. Warning: I saw some kids were typing in the story into google translate, which I was not happy with. I stopped everyone and told them that they should be able to figure out the stories without an online translator…if they come to an unknown word, they can use google translate for a single translation, but typing in an entire story is NOT a good use of time!
Palabra secreta # 1:
They shouldn’t have any trouble figuring out that their friends went to the beach using the secret decoder.
Número secreto #2:
This one is easy, as long as they pay attention to the very first EdPuzzle clue, which instructs them to pay attention to the False answers, then they just type in the question numbers that correspond with the statements that are false. If they get frustrated, direct them to the very first question on Ed Puzzle and ask them to read it out loud to you.
Palabra secreta #3:
The ransom note looks very complicated with a secret message embedded into it… really they just have to read it and answer the question at the bottom, “¿quién escribió esta nota?” If they need additional clues, point out the ending on “frustrada” or “Gracias, hij@” at the bottom.
Palabras secretas #4:
Answer: help your mom
In this puzzle they read a story. As they read they’ll notice there are footnotes attached to specific words, but no definitions at the bottom. This was the one that confused them…because there were no explicit instructions. Let them struggle for a while before giving any hints.
When I was ready to help them a bit, I said “when I give you a footnote, what do I also give you at the bottom of the page?” (Answer- translation) then I pointed where they are to write in the translation. The colored boxes spell out the secret words (and give them good life advice too! De nada to the mamás out there.)
Número secreto #5:
This last puzzle is video of an obnoxious mom hollering at her son while he is doing chores. There are comprehension questions along the way…but really they don’t have anything to do with the answer. It’s not until the last one that asks “How many times does the mom call the boy’s name?” They should watch it again, count them up, then write out the answer in Spanish. (10 times she yells Nicolás and 2 times she calls his nickname Nico… I included his nickname in the total count…if kids are having a tough time counting them up, give them that hint)
There it is, folks. My first Digital Breakout. Please let me know how it worked and if you have any suggestions. (Or ideas for new clues, because like I said before, I need help thinking of clues and puzzles!)
Stay tuned, I’m working on a Gran Hotel Digital Breakout for my Spanish 4s to play after their final exam. I’m totally obsessed! (Like for reals, I woke up at 5:30 on SATURDAY morning, and before my husband woke up at 7, I had written a WikiParody site, created a FakeBook profile and Instagram Post for our favorite character, Andrés.) (#CrazyandObsessed!)