Teaching Resource

Holiday Code Cracker: Upper Years – Whole Class Christmas Game

PDF | 34 pages|Grades: 5 - 6

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 that 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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Cindy McKenzie

My Year 5’s loved this challenge last year and we’re doing it again this year.

Cindy McKenzie · Dec 14th, 2020

Paul (Teach Starter)

Hi Cindy,

Thank you for your kind comment! We’re glad to hear the code cracker is making your classroom buzz!

Paul (Teach Starter) · Dec 15th, 2020

Michelle Edmondson

This is a fantastic way to end this crazy year – my class loved the Marvin puzzle at the end of Semester 1

Michelle Edmondson · Nov 20th, 2020

Paul (Teach Starter)

Thanks, Michelle! We’re glad you and your class enjoyed it!

Paul (Teach Starter) · Nov 20th, 2020

Zuriette Du Plessis

Lovely – a challenging activity to keep students engaged. Thank you.

Zuriette Du Plessis · Dec 2nd, 2019

Royce (Teach Starter)

Hey Zuriette, thank you for taking the time to share your lovely feedback. It is wonderful to hear how students interact with these code crackers. Glad they loved it!

Royce (Teach Starter) · Dec 3rd, 2019

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