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Christmas Code Cracker Whole Class Game

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13 pages (PDF)|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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My grade 3 class absolutely loved this!

Jo Lovell · Dec 2nd, 2019

Hey Jo, thank you for taking the time to share that. If your kids loved this, you should give the Holiday Code Cracker Middle Years a go. It is this years updated version with all new activities with a similar set up. You can find the resource through this link. https://www.teachstarter.com/au/teaching-resource/holiday-code-cracker-middle-years-whole-class-game/

Royce (Teach Starter) · Dec 3rd, 2019

Just wondering if there will be an update to this resource prior to Christmas? I’m looking forward to using this with my students towards the end of the year.

Renata Smith · Nov 19th, 2019

Hey Renata, it is funny that you ask, but we are currently close to uploading a new Holiday Code Cracker for this years Christmas season. There will be one for lower, middle and upper primary. Stay tuned for an update over the next couple of days!!

Royce (Teach Starter) · Nov 20th, 2019

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?

Arlene Webb · Dec 11th, 2018

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.

Royce (Teach Starter) · Dec 11th, 2018

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?

Jo Barr · Dec 6th, 2018

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.

Royce (Teach Starter) · Dec 7th, 2018

Perfect! Thanks Royce. Merry Christmas!

Jo Barr · Dec 7th, 2018

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?

Sarah McGovern · Dec 6th, 2018

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

Royce (Teach Starter) · Dec 6th, 2018

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

Christine Croft · Dec 4th, 2018

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.

Royce (Teach Starter) · Dec 4th, 2018

This looks to be great fun !

Barbara Cahill · Dec 3rd, 2018

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.

Royce (Teach Starter) · Dec 4th, 2018

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

Rachael Richards · Dec 1st, 2018

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.

Kristian · Dec 3rd, 2018

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