Mystery books can pique students' interest in codes--both writing and reading. This activity includes several different story frames that put the students in the role of detective and task them with decoding a silly, but important message from their chief. Then students must practice encoding their own secret message to send back to the chief. This case is about to break wide-open!
You will need to look up the simple Pigpen Code online, or choose a different simple code, to use to encode the messages included and provide students a copy of the code key.
Code Breakers: Mystery Genre Activity
by Sara Treat Chance
is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License