Students learn about the importance of cryptography in World War II and create number-based codes.
ObjectivesStudents learn about the history and uses of cryptography and practice their math skills as they develop number-based codes.
cryptography, enigma, math
Print or online resources related to cryptography and World War II, such as
Lesson PlanInvite students to read print and/or online materials about the importance of cryptography in World War II and to explore Paper and Pencil Systems in A Cryptographic Compendium. Then have each student create a number-based code and write a message that will stump his or her classmates.
AssessmentEvaluate students on the creativity and math proficiency they demonstrate while developing their number-based codes.
Lesson Plan SourceEducation World
National StandardsWorld History: