Review how to use the Destiny library catalog with this fun, exciting and engaging digital breakout or escape activity. Students will work directly in Google Classroom or Google Drive to complete these paperless activities. Will your students solve the puzzles in time and save the school from the creepy library creatures?
This breakout is completed with Google sites. Please make sure that Google sites is not blocked on your school computers. By using Google sites there is very little preparation that needs to be done to use this with your students. Just provide students with scratch paper and a pencil so they can write down the lock codes as they work. Students will also need access to your library catalog system. I created this activity with Destiny but I believe you could make this work with other catalog systems as well.
This activity should be used only after you have reviewed how to search Destiny with your students. They will need to know about the different types of searches and how to read a catalog record.
What is included in this product:
- 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 3 challenges and a Google form for the students to enter the lock codes.
- To access the 3 challenges students will complete a Google forms quiz, a mixed question quiz on the site h5p.org and a Google sheets activity. Students can also complete a jigsaw puzzle at the end of the breakout. The puzzle is optional. The puzzle was made with jigsawplanet.net.
This is a NOT an editable activity. I am not able to make a digital breakout that can be edited. I did try many ways to find a solution, but I have not found it yet.
Challenge 3 is the only activity that will require your students to search the Destiny catalog for books in your library collection. Since it is not editable, I tried very hard to create questions about books that most libraries will have in their collection. That is also why there is not more practice with looking up books in Destiny.
I know there will be some libraries who will be unable to use these specific questions. I do have one suggestion for you that will allow your students to still complete the breakout.
In challenge 3 there are six true or false questions. When the student selects the correct answer the box will turn a different color. In order to still use this breakout, you can write your own six questions and hand them out to students on a piece of paper or write them on your whiteboard or SmartBoard. If you do this, you MUST make sure that the questions you write have the same answer as the ones I used. Otherwise the lock code for this challenge will not work. In the preview you can see the six questions.
This activity can be completed in one class period but I advise breaking it up into two days. Challenge 1 and 2 on the first day and then challenge 3 the next day. This way your students can have plenty of time to search the Destiny catalog for challenge 3 and you won’t feel rushed to complete it and go over the answers.
Please download the preview to see screenshots of many of the questions. And if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
This is not a Halloween themed activity even though there are creepy creatures in the breakout.
VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE CHECK YOUR DISTRICT’S FILTER. Students will need access to Google Sites, hp5.org and jigsawplanet.com to complete the activity. Sometimes a school or district will block Google Sites. Even if Google Sites works on your staff account, it is possible that student accounts are 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 or Sheets 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.
⇒Paperless. No need to print and laminate the task cards
⇒Helps build 21st-century learners
⇒Can use with Chromebooks, laptops, computers, tablets, iPads or other mobile devices
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