Grade Levels: Middle School
The CryptoClub curriculum immerses upper elementary and middle school students in mathematical thinking and problem-solving. It provides opportunities to explore important topics through informal activities that promote cooperative learning.
Mathematics Topics covered:
CryptoClub activities give students the opportunity to apply mathematical concepts, which they have usually encountered during their formal schooling. In the real-world setting of cryptography, students improve their understanding, reinforce their skills, and increase their appreciation of mathematics.
The CryptoClub Student Cipher Handbook is the centerpiece of the CryptoClub curriculum. It is a student reference and workbook that is recommended for use in informal learning environments such as after-school and enrichment programs. It introduces ciphers in a way that encourages problem-solving and reasoning and provides engaging messages to encrypt, decrypt and crack. The Student Cipher Handbook can be used with whole-class instruction or with self-paced work in small groups.
The CryptoClub Leader Manual accompanies the CryptoClub Student Cipher Handbook and helps teachers lead a CryptoClub program. It provides suggestions for teaching, along with an answer key, and discusses connections to middle-grade mathematics. It also describes games and activities that provide students with additional practice in an engaging, informal way.
The teacher eBook and other online resources are included with the Leader Manual and are available through our digital platform, Flourish.