Digital Breakout – Reference Materials using Google Forms


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Students will use technology and problem-solving skills to complete this digital breakout after learning about different types of reference materials (atlas, almanac, encyclopedia, online encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus). This is a very broad review of these reference materials.

Students DO NOT NEED a Google account or login to complete this activity. The breakout is completed through Google Forms. All that’s needed is a device with an internet connection.

The content of this breakout is identical to my Digital Breakout – Reference Materials Review. That breakout was made with a Google Site. Since so many schools block student access to Google Sites I wanted to create an alternative.

A digital breakout requires students to work together to solve puzzles and figure out codes to open the digital locks.

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.
  • Scratch paper for students to write down the lock codes while they are working.

Included in this resource:

  • Teacher directions
  • Link to the Google Form
  • QR code (for accessing the form with mobile devices using a QR code reader app)

Activity overview:

  • The first activity is completed on the website Students will need to match the reference material to its definition.
  • Students will use a dictionary page to answer various questions.
  • Students will have 12 different questions and decide which reference book can best answer each question.

There is also a bonus jigsaw puzzle for students to complete as an ending activity. The puzzle is from Some schools will block this website. This is beyond my control. You will need to check with your IT department.

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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