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Christmas Code Cracker Whole Class Game

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13 pages (PDF)|This resource is suitable for Grades: 3 - 5

A whole class game that consolidates your students’ knowledge with Christmas fun!

It is Christmas Eve and Santa Claus is preparing for his night of delivering presents. He goes to open the garage to prepare his sleigh, but alas! He has forgotten the combination to his lock. It has been an entire year since he set the code and he has not opened it since. There are 4 digits in the code, hidden within puzzles that relate to Christmas. Can you help crack the codes for Santa to get his Christmas mission back into motion? Use the final riddle to figure out which order the numbers go in.

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This teaching resource is a fun and interactive way to finish the year with some Christmas cheer!

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  • Rachael Richards

    is it possible to make one of these for grade 1 students?

    Comment by Rachael Richards on December 1, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    • Kristian Kristian

      Hi Rachel,
      We are in the process of creating a lot more of these code cracking resources. We plan to have them available for all primary year levels soon. In the meantime, if there is anything else I can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

      Official comment by Kristian on December 3, 2018 at 8:02 am

  • Barbara Cahill

    This looks to be great fun !

    Comment by Barbara Cahill on December 3, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    • Royce (Teach Starter) Royce (Teach Starter)

      Hi Babara, thank you for your feedback. I hope your class enjoys the activities. Keep a look out for future code crackers we are planning in the near future.

      Official comment by Royce (Teach Starter) on December 4, 2018 at 8:08 am

  • Christine Croft

    This looks great. I did notice though that on the santa fact find it says ‘sint nicolaas’ instead of saint. 🙂

    Comment by Christine Croft on December 4, 2018 at 7:14 am

    • Royce (Teach Starter) Royce (Teach Starter)

      Thank you for your lovely feedback. There are a number of versions around Santa Claus original name. We have used one of the original Dutch pronunciations where he was known as Sint Nikolaas or also known as Sinterklaas.

      Official comment by Royce (Teach Starter) on December 4, 2018 at 8:05 am

  • Sarah McGovern

    Hi – just have a question about the christmas code cracker game. im going to buy a combination lock for the final answer to open the prize box, what does it mean by ‘6 or 2×3 lock combination?’ when the combination is only 4 digits? How many numbers on the combination lock shall i buy for this?

    Comment by Sarah McGovern on December 6, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    • Royce (Teach Starter) Royce (Teach Starter)

      Hi Sarah, apologies for the confusion, that detail has been adjusted to a 4 lock combination. Thank you for your letting us know.

      Official comment by Royce (Teach Starter) on December 6, 2018 at 2:22 pm

  • Jo Barr

    Hi, this looks fabulous & we’re saving it until our final week at school.
    With the dominoes game, how do the children know to set it out? Couldn’t they just make a row instead of the designated number?

    Comment by Jo Barr on December 6, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    • Royce (Teach Starter) Royce (Teach Starter)

      Hi Jo, I am excited that your class will be doing this in your final week. On some of the dominoes, they say turn 90 degrees clockwise or anticlockwise. The ones without instruction are as is. It is up to the students to then problem solve using their dominoes and their clues to figure out which order they go in.

      Official comment by Royce (Teach Starter) on December 7, 2018 at 8:03 am

    • Jo Barr

      Perfect! Thanks Royce. Merry Christmas!

      Comment by Jo Barr on December 7, 2018 at 9:01 am

  • Arlene Webb

    Hi Royce
    I loved the numeracy activity which is similar to this one, however there are 2 errors on the dominoes puzzle (rotate card/ don’t rotate a card) which frustrated the students. The upper years also struggled with the code cracker with all the trees. This resource is very difficult for them to read once it is copied and there are also some spacing codes missing. Would it be possible to simplify the coded message and use different symbols instead of so many trees?

    Comment by Arlene Webb on December 11, 2018 at 9:14 am

    • Royce (Teach Starter) Royce (Teach Starter)

      Hello Arlene,
      Thank you for your feedback. Just to clarify, the dominoes need to stay horizontal unless they are specified to be rotated. I really appreciate your ideas and will take these on board when creating code cracking activities in the near future. The Christmas Code Cracker will be adapted and added to next year and your suggestions have definitely inspired me for ideas already. If you need any more assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

      Official comment by Royce (Teach Starter) on December 11, 2018 at 10:54 am

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Resource Updates

  • Due to popularity we have added Let's Cooperate Code Crackers for the beginning of the year for Lower, Middle and Upper years. Check them out on the links below Lower: https://www.teachstarter.com/teaching-resource/lets-cooperate-code-cracker-lower-years/ Middle: https://www.teachstarter.com/teaching-resource/lets-cooperate-code-cracker-middle-years/ Upper: https://www.teachstarter.com/teaching-resource/lets-cooperate-code-cracker-upper-primary/

    Addition by Royce (Teach Starter) 16th Jan

  • Resource has been adapted to be included in one PDF file.

    Change by Royce (Teach Starter) 2nd Dec, 2018

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