Do you have a homeschool student in love with secret codes and ciphers? Then explore these excellent cryptological teaching materials from the Library of Congress.
Tuesday is Books & Libraries Day at the River Houses, and we always like to share the educational materials that are posted on the wonderful Teaching with the Library of Congress blog (blogs.loc.gov/teachers). If you have a future cryptographer in your homeschool (or maybe a future spy!), spend some time this week exploring their two recent posts that offer resources for teaching about codebreaking:
- 📖 MATHEMATICS AND PRIMARY SOURCES: Historic Codes, Ciphers, and Computational Thinking, Part I (blogs.loc.gov)
- 📖 MATHEMATICS AND PRIMARY SOURCES: Historic Codes, Ciphers, and Computational Thinking, Part II – the Women Codebreakers of WWII (blogs.loc.gov)
Maybe your students would like to try George Washington’s code, or Thomas Jefferson’s — or perhaps invent one their own (probably to keep secrets from you). The posts above suggest lessons and exercises you can do in your own homeschool cryptography lab — give them a try!
What educational discoveries have you made at your library lately? 😊
❡ Explore more: Have you found all the local libraries in your area? The WorldCat Library Finder (worldcat.org/libraries) will help you find all the libraries in your local area — there may be more than you realize — and the WorldCat catalog itself (worldcat.org) will help you locate the nearest copy of almost any book in the world. 😊