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The Great Escape: Students at Dracut’s Englesby School Use Math Skills to Make Their Getaway

March 18, 2019
Oh, well, there's always "next time," as the sign says. From left, Aminatu Salihu, Andrew Cafeteiro and Allison Daneau. COURTESY PHOTO Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

Have you ever tried an escape room with your friends? If you have, you know that it can be very challenging, but a lot of fun. Fourth-graders at Englesby Elementary School experienced their own version of an “escape classroom.” The classroom was transformed by the “Mad Scientist,” and students had to work in teams and use their place-value math skills to solve multiple clues and escape in time.

At the end of the activity students had a chance to reflect on what they learned. According to Annabell Sitnik, “We had to learn to not give up and trust our teammates.”

Jayden Faria-Murchie said, “At first only two of us were doing the work, but we couldn’t solve the clue. Then when we all worked together we were able to figure it out.”

They reflected and talked about the value of not giving up and keeping a positive growth mindset.