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Students will learn about Christmas holiday traditions from around the world as they complete this paperless, digital breakout activity! This fun and interactive Google breakout will keep your students engaged and focused during those last few weeks before Christmas break.

The purpose of every breakout is to solve puzzles or challenges and figure out lock codes. These lock codes are what allow the students to “break out” or escape. Students will work together in small groups to solve the challenges and discover the lock codes.

I recommend using this breakout with students in second and third grade. I estimate that the breakout should take about 40 minutes to complete (less if students are familiar with the format of a breakout). You can easily complete the breakout in multiple class periods.

What you need to use this breakout:

Chromebooks, computers, laptops or some type of mobile device. You will need one device for each team. I recommend teams of 2-3 students if possible. The devices must be connected to the internet. A free Google account for you and your students. Scratch paper for students to write down the lock codes while they are working.

What is included:

The breakout is accessed through a Google Site. Students will go to the URL for the site to complete the breakout. On the Google Site is the scenario, student directions, links to each of the 4 challenges and a Google form for the students to enter the lock codes.

The challenges:

  • Reading passage and quiz about Christmas in Sweden
  • Reading passage and quiz about Christmas in Germany
  • Google Slides activity about Christmas in Italy
  • Jigsaw puzzle about Christmas in Mexico

VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE CHECK YOUR DISTRICT’S FILTER. Students will need access to Google Sites and to complete the activity. Sometimes a school or district will block Google Sites. Even if Google Sites works on your staff account, student accounts may be blocked. Please verify this before purchasing. ALL firewall issues that occur are on your end in your school/district restrictions. I cannot troubleshoot. Please contact me if you have any questions.

A G Suite account was used to create the breakout, not a personal Google account.

F.A.Q. about digital breakouts:

Q: Do my students need a Google account to use this breakout?

A: Many of the breakouts do have a Google Slides activity to complete. Students will need to make a copy of the slide. If your students do not have their own accounts, you can create a shared account for your class.

Q: How do I know if Google Sites is blocked at my school?

A: Download my free Google Breakout. You can see if Google Sites will work and introduce digital breakouts to your students so they can get used to the format.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Important Note: This is not an editable resource.


Advantages of using digital resources

⇒Paperless. No need to print and laminate the task cards

⇒Engages students

⇒Helps build 21st-century learners

⇒Can use with Chromebooks, laptops, computers, tablets, iPads or other mobile devices

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