High School Students Crack the Code to Knowledge

High School Students Crack the Code to Knowledge photo

Breakout EDU kits have come to the district, and the new learning tool is already becoming popular. Recently, students in the Spanish for Native Speakers class at Amityville Memorial High School participated in an interdisciplinary activity that required them to find several clues around the library to open a series of locks.

The project, which focused on world religions, was planned by librarian Kathryn Beleckas, foreign language teacher Reynaldo Bueno and social studies teacher Matthew Tomasi. Students learned about six religions — Animism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism — by searching for clues.

At the Animism table, students had to put together a puzzle that created an animal picture and had a secret message in invisible ink. For Buddhism, they had to identify the spread of the religion to open a directional lock. The clues were in English to help students improve their language proficiency. 

Once the class cracked the final code, they opened a box that had some reflection cards on the lesson, as well as a treat for their hard work.

“It’s a way to get students engaged in the content,” Ms. Beleckas said of the Breakout EDU kits, of which there are four at the high school. “The library is a nice place to do it, as it gives you space to work with.”

She said that Breakout EDU kits could be used in any subject and for any topic. Supplies include number, letter, key and directional locks along with boxes, an invisible ink pen, black light and hint cards. Teachers can use pre-planned lessons or create their own, as she did for the world religions activity.