The Criminal Mastermind Code-Breaking Challenge!
by Hisami Aoki and Alana Pedalino
Use this free code-breaking activity inspired by Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer’s bestselling fantasy novel, in your classroom to help your students practice critical-thinking skills.
Can you crack the code?!
To complete his criminal caper, Artemis searches the globe to find an elusive book filled with top-secret information. The only problem? It turns out that the book is written in the Fairy language!
Now, your students can practice close reading and critical thinking by trying to break a code of their own!
How to Play the Criminal Mastermind Code-Breaking Challenge
Download, print, and distribute this free worksheet to each of your students. It contains a cipher (a code-breaking tool) and a secret coded message!
1. Encourage your students to fill in the cipher. Hint: Look at chapter 2 and match symbols with their corresponding letters.
2. Once your students have completed the cipher they can use it to decode the secret message.
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