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The Elf Investigation – Whole Class Escape Game

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF, PowerPoint | 14 pages | Grades: 4 - 6

Engage and excite your upper elementary students with an exciting Christmas escape room mystery.

The Elf Investigation! Digital Escape Room Activity

This Christmas-themed escape room is the perfect end-of-year adventure for your class to demonstrate their teamwork and communication skills.

Nutmeg McGumdrop is the Mayor of the town called Elfton. It seems that a troublesome elf has begun to play tricks on unsuspecting townsfolk in the lead-up to Christmas, and he needs your class to help catch the culprit responsible.

This super entertaining Christmas escape room resource is exactly what you’ve been looking for to keep those minds ticking, and busy as the excitement around Christmas draws closer.

Crack the Codes and Catch the Culprit with Multi-Level Students

To better meet the needs of your students, this resource includes three different case files:

  • The circle version includes counting collections up to 20, following straightforward directions, and multiplying tens by a single-digit number.
  • The triangle version includes multiplying single-digit numbers, multi-step directions, and adding numbers to a four-digit number.
  • The square version includes multiplying a three-digit number by a single-digit number, order of operations, dividing a four-digit number by a single-digit number (using short division without a remainder), and counting collections up to 50.

Easy to Implement Christmas Escape Room Fun

This resource has been thoughtfully designed and created by an experienced teacher who gets it – you don’t want to have to spend time sorting out stations and areas for an epic escape room activity – and you don’t have to. This downloadable Christmas escape room has everything you need.

Here’s a simple guide for how to implement this escape room in your classroom:

  1. Print copies of the PDF (case files) for each student or group of students.
  2. On the PowerPoint (in Slide Show mode), display the first slide for the students to see.
  3. Click the begin button to display the introduction letter and read together as a class.
  4. Once you have read this, click Begin again, and the music will start, and the map will animate through day and night. The map is the main source of information for your students.
  5. Let your little investigators begin!


Hot tips

  • A second device is super handy. This will allow your students to attempt to solve the investigation without interrupting those on the map.
  • The train and time of day come into play for the Commute Chaos puzzle – the answer sheet will provide you with more information.
  • The Christmas tree is not a regular tree!
  • Have some scrap paper handy for students to draw the routes taken in The Pom Pom Parade and Commute Chaos puzzles.


Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to download both the PowerPoint and the PDF. Both of these resources are needed for this activity to work.

Note: Due to the animations included, this resource must be used in PowerPoint. The animations do not function on other platforms.


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