9.27.2014

Secret Code Freebie

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Even as an adult, I think secret codes are so much fun! My students have always loved secret codes, too. In the past, I have used secret codes in my classroom as a fun way to practice spelling and letter writing. Secret codes are a fun mystery that any student can solve! I've just posted a fun Secret Code Freebie in my TpT shop. Click {here} to check it out and don't forget to tell me what you think! :)


My sister's family recently moved across the country and I miss them like crazy! I am always sending them fun packages as a way to stay in touch. In the last package I sent them, I included these fun secret code wheels and a secret message. Each child got their own secret message and their own decipher wheel. By having their own decipher wheels, they can write their own secret messages to each other!


In this freebie, I have included two versions for you to choose from. The one with symbols is fun and ideal for younger children. The one with all letters is a little more challenging and is great for older children or adults. Print the secret code wheel of your choice onto colored card stock and secure together with a brad. You can make a decipher wheel for each of your students, put a few in a writing center, or put one on the overhead projector. 


The best part about this decipher wheel is that the secret code is always changing! Just turn the wheel and see!


Here is the package I sent off to my sister's family this week. Don't you love getting fun (surprise) packages like this in the mail? I sent off a special letter and decipher wheel for each child... I also include some Whoopee cushions, just for fun! I found them in the Target party section, but you can buy them on Amazon {here}.


In my classroom, whenever I introduced my students to secret codes, I always did it with this book: The Secret Code. It's a fun story about a student who is blind and how he teaches his friends about the braille alphabet. The braille alphabet is also a fun secret code! Click {here} to check out this fun book!


PBS Kids also has a fun webpage about Arthur and braille. Click {here} to check it out!  You can also get a copy of the braille alphabet {here}. Print it out and have your students use it as a secret code. You can also check out your local library to see if they have an books with actual braille in them. Your students will think they are so cool and they will love trying to read the raised braille alphabet with their hands.


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12 comments:

  1. These look like so much fun, Lindsey! Thank you for sharing!

    Bethany
    Ship Shape First Grade

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  2. Love this and the freebie! Secret codes are some much fun! I may have to adapt this for a numbers/math type activity. Thanks for sharing!
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  3. What a fun idea! This would really get kids engaged in letter writing!

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  4. Can't wait to get this in the kids' hands. I can almost see the new pathways forming in their brains!

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  5. This is so fun! The ideas are percolating!

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  6. I love the secret coder. I did a blog post about it and am hosting a linky party right now where I included this awesome freebie. I'd love for you to link up.

    Teaching with a Twist

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  7. Thank you! I am sure that children are never bored in your classroom. The idea with secret coder gave me also lots of ideas. I think we are going to search for the treasure using such letters. Anyway, it will certainly motivate students to improve their writing and they will be very attentive with spelling as they have to think about each letter. When you are absorbed by an interesting job, you never think about someone who can write essays for you , you are eager to cope with the task yourself.

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  10. Wow, great idea for children! Reading this article, i remembered about The Dancing Men, by Conan Doyle. When i was young, i used to chat with my friend in a way like this, because it was a kind of sacred thing, that we really loved. By the way, i was googling for some interesting codes of messaging, and i stopped at great service - Top Writers they just made a code depending on my and my children needs. And also, i thought that if this service was in my college time, maybe i hadn't big problems with classes, that i didn't understood.

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  11. Hi Lindsey!
    I love your Secret Coder! I'm a music teacher and I'd love to incorporate this with music symbols. Is there any way you could post a blank version of the inside circle? Thanks for considering!!

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thanks for the love ♥

 
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