Blue Haze Elementary fourth grade students entered Jumanji on Feb. 26, when their teachers transformed themselves into jungle animals and turned their classrooms into a safari escape room so the kids could learn math.
The students solved a series of math challenges—answering questions and finding hidden clues around the "safari"—so they could "survive" the game.
Once the kids solved all of the problems, they decoded the message to get to base camp, at which point they solved even more difficult problems.
“Walking into class was really cool,” said fourth grader Damian Merida. “I was so surprised! Math can be fun!”
Students learned about improper and mixed fractions, turning decimals into fractions, greatest to least, cross multiplication and more.
Brennan Barton said playing games “blows every class out of the water and helps me to learn better.”
Math teachers are Maegan Perryman, Lindsey Vinson, Alden Gideon and Brian Jarvis.
The teachers received an innovative teaching grant from the White Settlement ISD Education Foundation to implement the Classroom Transformation.