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Holiday Code Cracker: Middle Years – Whole Class Christmas Game

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33 pages (PDF)|Suitable for Grades: 3 - 4

A whole class, holiday-themed game that includes a collection of 6 fun activities students must solve to reveal numbers that combine to open a lock combination.

Begin the holiday festivities with a bang in your classroom with the Holiday Code Cracker! Students use the knowledge and communication skills they have acquired this year to work together on six tasks that reveal six numbers which crack a lock combination. The groups are then presented with a final riddle that helps them rearrange the numerals to crack the code and succeed in their mission. These activities urge students to think about concepts that involve numeracy, geography, comprehension and vocabulary.

Put the ‘Buzz!’ into your classroom by filling a lockable box with a reward or message that students will want to win by cracking two 3-digit combination locks.

Run this activity as a timed rotation system for six groups on six activities or create it as a race to the finish. As previously seen with Teach Starter’s Marvin Measurement’s Treasure Box,  Christmas Code Cracker and the Let’s Cooperate Code Cracker resources, students love working together on small group tasks that encourage them to communicate and cooperate.

This teaching resource has a PDF that includes teacher instructions, activity answers, activity templates, task cards and resources needed for this activity.

Activities include:

  • Season’s Greetings Introductory Poem
  • Holiday Tree Wheel
  • Rudolph’s Present Predicament
  • Trifle Tower
  • Cryptic Chatterbox
  • Holiday Treasure Hunt
  • Party Light Chaos
  • Holiday Hooray! Final Riddle

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  • Rach C

    How different is this to last years code cracker?? Can you do both or are they too similar?

    Comment by Rach C on November 26, 2019 at 7:38 pm


    • Royce (Teach Starter) Royce (Teach Starter)

      Hey Rach, thank you for asking. They are very different activities, just with a similar format of revealing a number per activity accompanied by a beginning and final riddle. The Holiday Code Cracker has six activities instead of the four activities last years Christmas Code Cracker had. Have fun!

      Official comment by Royce (Teach Starter) on November 27, 2019 at 8:26 am


    • Rach C

      hmm they are the decorations at the beginning … must be in holiday mode already

      Comment by Rach C on November 27, 2019 at 4:02 pm


  • Rach C

    Hi just reading through and it refers students to task cards. Where are these?

    Comment by Rach C on November 27, 2019 at 4:00 pm


    • Royce (Teach Starter) Royce (Teach Starter)

      Hi Rach, thank you for reaching out to us. The student task cards are on pages 3 to 8 of the resource. All pages for this resource are all in the one PDF.

      Official comment by Royce (Teach Starter) on November 28, 2019 at 8:56 am


  • Aroha Cross

    Looks like fun, I’m sure my kids will enjoy this. Thank you!

    Comment by Aroha Cross on December 15, 2019 at 7:12 pm


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