Escape the Classroom Game Pack Freebie no.6 | Reading Comprehension

It’s already game number 6! This month we have reached Unit 4 (Richmond Publishing ELT Course Book Thumbs up 3 Unit 4) and as usual, I have turned the reading comprehension part into an educational escape room game.

Before you play the game, I suggest you to have some pre-reading and pre-playing activities so that kids will play the game easily and they will learn more about the topics mentioned in the story.

This game’s objectives: Identify characters and their speech in a reading text. Look for specific information in a text.

Skills Development: Developing reading comprehension strategies.

Vocabulary: Sign language, deaf, blind, paralyzed, neighbor, translate, mall, curious, strange, meanly

Grammar Focus: Simple Present Tense

Warm up:

Write on the board: “Deaf, Blind, Paralyzed” and talk about these disabilities. Under the words write: “Sign Language, Cane – Guide dog, Wheelchair” and you may want to draw pictures as symbols.


Read the title of the story “My Cool Neighbor” and ask students if they already know the meaning of “Neighbor”. Talk about the title and ask your students to guess what is gonna happen in the story, make some predictions and/or talk about your neighbors etc… Write them on the board while they talk.

Read the story with your students and ask some simple comprehension questions while reading. (Where do Matt live? – Why did Lindsay’s family move to Parkville? – Why does Lindsay’s mom use sign language? – What does Ben say about Matt’s jacket?)

If you do these activities before you play the game, you will see it’s gonna be easier for your students to read and understand the story.

I’ve prepared this game with Richmond Publishing’s Thumbs up 3 course book (Unit 4).

It’s designed for our 3rd graders (CYL Movers, CEFR A1, GESE 3)

As I always say, you can play these games just for fun – with any level…

Just look at the topics for a short time and then grab a photocopy and play it with your students. These games are also great as “time fillers”.

If this is your first time in my blog, you may want to have a look at the other games I have prepared


You can also have a look at the first post where I explain what educational escape rooms are and how I prepare them.

How to Play:

  • You need 40-50 minutes.
  • Download the Article and Can you Break the Code Escape the Classroom Game Pack pdf files. They are both ready to print. So just print them out (My advice: Don’t print them double sided as it will be harder to read and follow the sections).
  • Group your students. (2-5 ideally)
  • Give them mobile phones or tablets or i Pads which have QR Code Reader apps downloaded. (It is easier if the devices have QR Code reader apps in them but if they don’t that’s not a problem as there is also a web link they can reach the game).
  • Put all the papers (Article + Game Pack) in a big envelope (this is optional of course you can just hand the files to your students or even find a more creative way to give the papers 🙂
  • Important Detail: In the pack, there are 2 separate pages with speaking cards and passwords. These pages are for the teacher. Do not give them to your students. During the game at some sections kids will have to answer some questions so that they can get passwords directly from you.

Before playing the game I suggest you to scan the code and reach the game and play it yourself (or just have a look) to foresee what your students may ask you during the game 🙂

This is what I say to my students: “Whatever you need is in the envelope! Open it and find the “QR Code” page. When you scan it, you will reach the game. Answer the questions to find your CODES. You will need those codes to open the sections and finish the game. Good luck! 🙂 ”

Click here to download the game pack.

Click here to download the story “My Cool Neighbor”.

Click here to download the answer key.

Thank you for playing ^_^

*** Every Month*** I will be sharing a new escape the classroom game. So! Stay Tuned!

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