We’ve found a letter from Santa but it’s written in pictures! Who is it for? What does it say? Challenge your class to use the code sheet to crack Santa’s code (and learn some problem solving skills as they do it!).
Included in the pack are:
A coded letter from Santa & worksheet
A code sheet with Christmas images representing each letter of the alphabet
4 more pages of coded words to solve (16 words total)
26 small Christmas images
Blank code sheet for children to create their own code
Blank letter and word puzzle sheets for creating coded words using Santa or their own code
B&W copies of all pages
This fun activity is a great reward for your hard working class in the run up to Christmas. It reinforces the correct spelling of Christmas themed vocabulary and can be used as a jumping point for a creative writing lesson (e.g. why did Santa create the code?), an exploration of different alphabets throughout the world (e.g. Chinese, Thai, Arabic, Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics etc.) or a discussion about the need for writing in code (e.g. during WW2). Once they have completed the main activity you can use the images to create your own puzzles for them as a quick 5 minute brain break.
This activity can be easily differentiated by selecting easier or more difficult word puzzles. There is also a more difficult version of the code sheet which has the vowels omitted. The pack also provides worksheets to extend the activity by challenging children to create their own words using Santa’s secret code for their friends to solve. There is also a worksheet for them to create their very own secret code.
Please note that most of the pages in this pack are duplicated to provide both color and b&w copies. This is so that you can chose to print them in color and laminate to use as a center activity or photocopy them for the whole class. The colour copies are also useful to display on your IWB.
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Santa image from http://www.mycutegraphics.com