Right away I got super excited! I HATE the beginning of the year where I talk to every single student for two entire periods to go over how things work in the library. I knew I needed to revamp this, but was at a loss for how. I decided I wanted to make a Breakout for our library orientation, but also knew I needed practice to get better at making games.
I taught our teachers all about Breakout and begged them to use it in their classes. They were so excited and several jumped on board right away! For the most part these were math teachers because Breakouts lend themselves very well to math. I didn't help them create these games, but I did help them set up. The teachers LOVED them! Once word spread that they were fun, engaging, and meaningful for students, more teachers wanted to start doing them. However, my literacy teachers were unsure of how to make it go along with their content. They came to me and said they wanted to do one that introduced their students to Skeleton Creek, an awesome, scary book some of our 6th graders were starting. We came up with some really cool clues! We even hid the three digit code inside a word search that students had to complete. The numbers were spelled out and circled in a UV light pen. Once they finished the word search, they received a key that unlocked the UV flash light, and then they had to sine the light on the word search and find the three digit code. The kids LOVED it, and after creating a few more, I felt ready to create our library orientation Breakout. I want to share it with you here!
- OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog)
- Library website
- Check in/ Check out
- Location of fiction, non fiction, display shelves, and graphic novels
- Maker Space
- Dewey Decimal System
- Library hours
Then I created my clues!
The fiction clue leads students to the "R" part of the fiction shelves. Here I will hide an envelope with the blue QR code. Students will scan it with an iPad from their table. When they scan it, they will see this clue.
Before I have students start the Breakout, I am going to show a video to introduce what we are doing. I'm so excited and I think it will make the students interested and engaged as well.
We have just completed our second full day of Library Orientation with Breakouts. Students have had a BLAST! I have had a BLAST as well! Library Orientation has never been more meaningful or fun!