Winter “Size of the Problem” Escape Room Lesson for Elementary School Counselors

Cascades Gorge Hike at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia during the 2019 Virginia Counselors Association Conference.

Temps are dropping QUICKLY here in Virginia. I’ve just returned home from the Virginia Counselors Association conference at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, where I enjoyed three days of professional development and a few quiet evenings to recharge before coming home to my hubby and three little boys! After my Saturday sessions, I braved the 3-hour Cascades Gorge Hike with our expert guide, Brian Lafontain, and I was a bit intimidated by the forecast in the 20s, but the day turned out to be gorgeous, and the chilly, fresh air felt amazing in my lungs.

I’m excited to return to my school this week and do a winter “Escape the Avalanche!” Escape Room activity with my 5th graders. Students will work in four groups to solve four quests to escape the avalanche while learning to discern the size of a problem and apply coping strategies.

This 48-page PDF activity includes a mini lesson about “Size of Problem” and “Coping Strategies,” followed by a Challenge from Meteorologist Size-Mic Mike and a 4-puzzle Escape Room complete with four quests and four different printable prizes. Students will solve the code word/sentence at each quest to redeem for one of four tiles to glue onto their team’s map. Afterward, students receive printable prizes. This resources includes two printable bookmarks and two printable pencil toppers! As a bonus, there are three related bonus activities at the end of the lesson to use as time allows or in follow-up lessons and activities.

Check it out, and while you’re there, don’t forget to download this “Hot Cocoa Breathing” Printable Freebie! I know your students will enjoy having this mindful exercise in their repertoire this winter!

And just for a little teaser… I’m so eager to share another project I’m working on, also related to discerning the size of a problem! Coming soon!

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