Today was the day! I have been working for the last few weeks to organize an all school Breakout Edu, 3rd - 5th grade, with the supplies I got from my summer STEM grant. I was able to use an online lesson and modify it to fit our purposes. (A word of caution when using someone else's lessons: be sure the answers are correct and match the clues.) I found multiple issues when I was working on setting it up and then one managed to get by me.
So this is how it worked for us. Our school does all school combined interventions and enrichment for 30 minutes within the first hour of the day. Today we were able to take that time and do a Breakout instead. We started with an announcement from the office. At the end of the announcement, everyone was allowed to begin. Each classroom was given clues for 4 locks. They ranged through various subjects including reading, math, and social studies. I encouraged teachers to split their classes into 4 groups, 1 for each lock, so that everyone could be working at the same time. All of the classes in each grade level were given the same clues and we had 3 different boxes set up, 1 for each. Two other adults and myself were stationed in the gym, each with a box. Students were allowed to come to us when they thought they had an answer to check what they were doing. When a classroom had all 4 clues correct, they came down to open the box. Our first class done was a 3rd grade group. They were so excited, we could hear them scream from their room! As the first to open their grade level box, they were rewarded with pizza for everyone in the class. In the end, because of the mistake mentioned above, we had 6 of our 15 classrooms get into the boxes in the 30 minute time limit! (This is half of the usually recommended time.) Although many did not get in, they enjoyed the game for what is was and have commented that they would like to do it again. Lucky for them another group of teachers have asked if they can plan one for later in the year. As for my class... we will be doing them each month.
That's Elementary Explains is a teacher with almost 2 decades of teaching experience and a technology degree who is still trying to figure out the new and unexplained.