Math = Love: First Break Out Box Experience

Sunday, April 9, 2017

First Break Out Box Experience

Last week, our math teachers' circle meeting allowed us to experience the world of breakout boxes (affiliate link).  We were placed in groups of 6, and each group was given an envelope full of questions.  

Here's the box we were trying to break into.

Close-up of the six locks we had to unlock:

After two hours of solving problems, my group had unlocked three of the six locks.  This wasn't the outcome we were hoping for, but I still really enjoyed the experience.

I liked the instant feedback I received about my answers based on whether the lock came open or not.  I worked all evening on unlocking the pink lock.  As you can see below, I was ultimately unsuccessful.

On the way home, my husband joked that these should be called "break in" boxes instead of "break out" boxes.

I've always wondered what it would be like to do one of these in my classroom.  I'm so grateful for this opportunity to experience it as a participant.

Want to find out more about break out boxes?  Check out Breakout EDU.


  1. I love BreakoutEDU. If it's a day before break or shortened class day, my students have done a Breakout box. They love them and I love seeing how they interact during the process. The games I've done are not math related but I would love to create one to fit the curriculum...when I have time. There are some on the open games page but I haven't found one specifically for Algebra I or II.

  2. @Emily, there is a great group of people on Facebook in a group called "Breakout EDU Math Teachers" that allows math teachers to share games that they have made for their classrooms or collaborate to create games. I haven't had the chance to try one in class yet but I know that the Facebook is a very active group to help you find anything you're looking for.

  3. Love BreakOut EDU. My students adore them. On the site, there are also digital breakouts where all you need is a Google friendly device!

  4. BreakOut EDU is awesome. There are a couple that I have used from the site with math classes (The Missing Assignment, The Spyder Heist, and working on Units Matter - a visit with cousin Gertrude). There is a general BreakOut EDU page on fb, did not know about the Math page so I will have to check it out. As an instructional coach, this is fun to do in classrooms and a great tool to help show teachers how to use questioning techniques and learn to be less helpful with students.