St. Patrick’s Day History Code Escape Room – Close Reading Passage

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St. Patrick’s Day History Code Escape Room – Close Reading Passage


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St. Patrick’s Day History Code Escape Room

Wow your students with the History of St. Patrick’s Day Comprehension Code Escape Room! Students will complete 4 reading comprehension tasks which, if done correctly, will lead them to a 4-dIgit code. Students will LOVE this close reading challenge! Great addition to your holiday plans.

Topics include: St. Patrick’s Day history, traditions and celebrations

Students will work individually (or in pairs) and race to see who can crack the code first! A friendly competition always increases engagement. After completing each “task” students will earn a “CLUE” to shade boxes on their answer grid. In the end, the grid will reveal a four-digit code!

The Close Reading Activities in this packet allow students to work on comprehension skills after reading the passage several times searching for evidence. As students complete each task, they will reveal a mystery word to unscramble and a new clue. No prior knowledge is needed.

A police report is read and your “lead detectives” have less than an hour to solve the case. (Time can be changed to whatever works best for you)


WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THIS St. Patrick’s Day History Code Escape Room?

✔️ Reading passage

✔️ 4 Reading comprehension tasks

✔️ Teacher Guide

✔️ Answer Grid (recording sheet)

✔️ Teacher answer key

✔️ Completion signs

✔️ 2 Extension activities



✏️ Task 1: True or False scramble

✏️ Task 2: Crossword scramble

✏️ Task 3: Fill in the blank scramble

✏️ Task 4: Cryptogram scramble

✏️ Extension 1: Text evidence

✏️ Extension 2: Summary writing


**Please note that the reading passage in this product overlaps with other products of mine on the same topic**


Skills Used:

✔️ Reading Comprehension

✔️ Critical Thinking

✔️ Peer Collaboration

✔️ Problem Solving


Benefits of Use:

✏️ No Prep

✏️ Print and Go

✏️ Cross-Curricular

✏️ Highly Engaging

✏️ No Locks Needed

✏️ No silly envelopes to stuff

✏️ No fancy shapes to cut out


Options for Use:

✔️ Anticipatory Sets

✔️ Unit Review

✔️ Early Finishers

✔️ Gallery Walk

✔️ Stations

✔️ Sub Plans

✔️ Rewards


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Hey there, I’m Lisa! I’m a curriculum developer, educator, blogger, restless dreamer, and world traveler. I’m also a side-hustling teacher with big dreams! My mission is to help busy teacher mamas go from anxious to confident, and from unnoticed to unstoppable. I love creating one-of-a-kind learning activities for reluctant learners. I truly believe the key to motivated students is challenging, interactive activities with a twist of fun!