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Crack the code! Conceal a secret message by creating your own cipher. Exchange decoder dials with your classmates to reveal the hidden meanings.
What is a code? Where have you seen or used a code before? Do you have a code for your locker or a "code word" you use with friends to pass along a secret meaning? Codes are used all around us everyday.
Ciphers are a type of code. When letters are rearranged or replaced with symbols, this is called a cipher. The process of creating a code or cipher is called encryption. Computers use encryption to change passwords to codes so no one can steal them. What other examples of codes and ciphers can you think of? When can encrypting messages be helpful?
Encrypt a message of your own! To start, you must first create a decoder dial. Carefully cut a circle about the size of your hand out of white paper with Crayola® Blunt-Tip Scissors and divide it into 26 pieces like a pie. In each pie piece, write a letter of the alphabet with Crayola® Metallic Colored Pencils. Above each letter, create a unique symbol to represent that letter in your code. Use Crayola® Metallic FX Crayons, Crayola® Glitter Crayons, and Crayola® Giltter Glue to embellish the decoder dial with shiny colors and decorative designs!
On a separate sheet of white paper, use the symbols you designed to create a cipher, spelling out a secret message. Add a fun border to the page!
Trade ciphers and decoders dials with your classmates. Use the dials to decode the encrypted messages and reveal the hidden phrases!
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