Last week I helped create a Rock Your School lesson for my sister-in-law’s (Olivia Lemons) 3rd grade class, so I thought I would share with you! You can find her teaching instagram by clicking HERE. This idea can easily be applied to other subjects, grade levels, and skills.
PLEASE NOTE: The file with ALL of the documents, links, information, steps, etc. is found in a PDF at the end of this post.
I created 6 Case Files. I used large mailing envelopes to hold the case file materials. I color coded each case file to match locks that I had purchased.
I put a word problem in each Case File. These are third grade addition and subtraction word problems, but the same concept can work with any grade level. Just stick a word problem in each folder. Everything in the Case File matched the outside color which also matched the lock on the lockbox (shown below). I printed a large word problem and individual word problems so that students could show their work. However, you do not have to use both.
Get a lock box, locks, and a hasp. You will see how this hasp did NOT fit my lock box. I didn’t want to spend anymore money, so I used a zip tie to secure the hasp to the box. The reason I used a hasp was I only wanted the students to have one lockbox to unlock. I was able to secure six locks of different colors to the hasp. I put candy inside of the box which you will see in a minute. You could also put passes for shoes off, sit with a friend, etc.
Students get to work! Students work in groups to solve the word problem correctly. Once they have shown their work and answered correctly they will get a key that showed they unlocked that case file! I used paper keys so that they would not have to actually unlock the box until the very end. This gave them ownership over their work but allowed them to unlock the box together.
Students work to unlock all six word problems and collect all six keys. You can see how even the recording sheet matched the case file colors.
Once all students have unlocked all six word problems, they are able to unlock the box! I filled the box with candy, but you could do passes for No Shoes, Sitting with a Friend, Bring a Stuffed Animal, etc. Because we didn’t want to ruin the surprise, we waited until all groups had solved all six problems and collected all six keys. Then, the class opened the locks together.
Here are links for everything we used:
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