Grade Level: 3-6
Story Preview: An old box contains a century-old mystery message!
Roles: Narrators 1-3, Mrs. Diaz, Dr. Harold Brown, Mr. Wade, city workers Betty and Tom, Erica, Greg, Maria, and Tony, all students
Setting: Present day; a school in a small city
Theme: 100th day of school
Props: (Optional) classroom desks, teacher-provided or student-decorated box (cardboard or other available material), glass jar, sheet of notebook or writing paper, pencil, fountain pen, several plastic or student-made "hard hats" for city workers
Follow-Up Activity:Have students work in small groups or individually to decode the message. Encourage them to use the clues in the play to crack the code. You might want to give students a time limit for the activity.
Mystery Code Answer Key: When students match the numbers with letters of the alphabet, the code should look like this:
YDA YTAOD SI COLOHS IFSRT MEL RUO TA ETSERT
When unscrambled, the message should read:
TODAY IS OUR FIRST DAY AT ELM STREET SCHOOL.
Additional Notes: The "100" theme in this play could supplement plans you might have for recognizing the 100th day of school. Check out Education World's Celebrate the 100th Day of School page for a host of activities, ideas, and links for celebrating that special day.
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Article by Lois Lewis
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