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Together When Apart: Week 2 Extension Activities for Intermediate and Middle School Learners

Updated: 5 days ago


During this week’s inquiry, students examined how people throughout history communicated in code. Try the extensions below to dig deeper into this topic, challenging students to ask questions and make inferences.


Digging Deeper into Morse Code


Source: "Creation of Morse Code Helped Open Communications Around Globe" article from Encyclopedia Britannica, adapted by Newsela

  • Description: Share this article for students to learn more about how Morse code connected the world. Make sure to select the appropriate reading level for your students. You can sign up for a free Newsela account.

Source: "Morse Code" app (iPhone) Morsee (Android)

  • Description: Students can create or decrypt Morse code.


Digging Deeper into Binary Code


Source: "How Exactly Does Binary Code Work?" video from The Kids Should See This

  • Description: A short video that explains the ins and outs of binary code to students.


Source: "Text to Binary Converter" website

  • Description: Students can use this webpage to convert messages into binary code.


Digging Deeper into Making and Cracking Codes


Source: Making Secret Codes and Messages book from Epic!

  • Description: This book by Deanna Caswell helps students learn even more about making their own codes.


Source: "CIA: Spy Kids" website

  • Description: This CIA website is a great source for students to learn more about spycraft and secret messages.


Digging Deeper into Codes Throughout History


Source: "Navajo Code Talkers" video from Explore Mode

  • Description: Share this video with students about how the Navajo Code Talkers shaped the course of World War II.


Source: "The Navajo Code Talkers Played Crucial Role During World War II" article from Cricket Media, adapted by Newsela

  • Description: Share this article for students to learn more about how the Navajo Code Talkers helped the US to win World War II. Don’t forget to select the appropriate reading level. You can sign up for a free Newsela account.


Source: "The Culper Spy Ring" article from History.com

  • Description: Share this article with students who are interested in finding out more about the Culper Spy Ring.


Source: "America’s First Spymaster" video from George Washington’s Mount Vernon

  • Description: Share this video that describes George Washington's role in setting up a network of spies during the Revolutionary War.