In a fun and challenging synthesis of math, science, and reading
comprehension, third graders in Ms. Katie Moy’s class at Ocean Avenue
worked together to save the endangered Golden Tree Frogs during a
hands-on “Breakout Lesson”. This interactive lesson was acquired through
BreakoutEdu—an educational organization that creates lessons that
require students to use critical thinking, collaboration, and creative
communicating to break open locked boxes.
Students worked together to solve a series of clues to open a series of
locks ultimately resulting in saving the hypothetical endangered tree
frogs and transporting them to a safe location.
Clues came with challenges including building a 3-D cage for the frogs
out of clay and toothpicks and using a series of codes that would bring
frog through a maze to reach a cricket as a lock combination.
Groups of students were the picture of concentration and teamwork, with
looks of determination on each of their faces. When the first team
completed all tasks and opened all the locks, students cheered and high
fived each other.
“These lessons can either introduce or reinforce math, science, and
reading skills, and the kids respond so positively to them,” said
Curriculum Coordinator Amy Laverty. “They know there’s no prize for
winning, just the satisfaction of using their brains and a job well
done, and that alone motivates them.”