Covert operations. Dead drops. Secret messages. Clandestine missions. Undercover agents. Is the principal really a principal or is she perhaps, part of a spy ring? Turn your classroom and school into a world of mystery and intrigue. When students participate in I.SPY Going Undercover they have the opportunity to practice their critical thinking and problem solving skills in a simulation that requires them to take on the roles of spies, performing secret missions and encoding and decoding secret messages. Want to get your students excited about learning? It doesn't get better than this unforgettable classroom experience! Espionage is all about problem solving. For example, consider a spy who has been tasked with preventing another country from gaining information that threatens our national security. He has just been given a problem to solve. This simulation models real world problem solving through the eyes of a spy.
This unit provides students with a four step process for solving problems and gives them an understanding of how problem solving exists in the world of espionage. Students will apply what they have learned by participating in an espionage simulation. In this simulation students, working as spies for their country, will use their problem solving and critical thinking skills in covert missions in order to successfully complete a secret operation. This unit is divided into three parts as described below.
Part 1.The Problem Solving Process
This section describes the problem solving process in four steps. It gives students the opportunity to solve a problem that they are currently facing. In addition, an explanation of how problem solving may be applied to espionage is included. These problem solving skills will be put to the test when students complete their spy operation/simulation. Teacher and student note sheets are included.
Part 2. Operation: I.SPY Simulation
In this simulation students will become spies working with other agents for a given nation. Using critical thinking and problem solving skills the students will crack a series of codes and complete covert missions throughout the school to find the location of confidential information vital to “national security”. Included in this simulation are detailed teacher instructions, sample worksheets and templates for creating a spy simulation unique for your school. Sample clandestine missions are provided as well as mission logs and student worksheets.
As written, the simulation takes approximately 25 class periods. However, it may be altered to be completed in a shorter or longer time frame. Teachers may easily tailor this simulation to best meet their classroom needs. (Note: this time frame allows for students to spend part of the class period working on their independent study project.)
Part 3. Independent Study/Extension
As an extension of this unit, students may participate in an independent or small group study. This would be perfect to schedule in conjunction with the simulation. Work on the missions for the simulation will not always take the entire class period so students can supplement their work with an independent study of a topic of their choice. Possible topics are listed in this section. Assignment guidelines are included.
Additional Espionage Studies. Other units that complement this field of study include I SPY: Secret Lives of Spies, and I SPY: Codes and Ciphers and Critical Thinking both available on TpT.