Developing Your Code


15-20 Minutes

  • Learn about Morse code

  • Create your “Coded Message"


We’re thinking about

the question: 

"How can we communicate with others to share our thoughts and ideas?"

Your challenge this week is to connect to someone using a “Coded Message.”

Let's Get Started!

Before telephone, television, or internet, how do you think people might have sent messages across a great distance?

Read on to learn more about Morse code. Morse code was one way people used to communicate over a great distance.

Watch the video to hear each letter of the alphabet in Morse code, one of the most famous codes in the world!

Read on to learn more about Morse code.

Morse code uses short and long signals to spell out messages.

•   a "dot" is a short signal

—   a "dash" is a long signal

Morse code is named after Samuel Morse, who helped invent it more than 200 years ago.

A telegraph is used to make and send the sounds used in Morse code.

People everywhere can use Morse code. It can be as easy as flashing a light or making sounds to represent the dashes and dots that make each letter.

Keep in mind your challenge this week: Connect to someone using a “Coded Message.”


Today, you will create your first draft of your “Coded Message.”

Your “Coded Message” should:

  • Tell who you would like to communicate with

  • Explain why it’s important to communicate with this person

  • Include a message that can be decoded using the suggested number line code below or by making up your own code! (If you like, you may use the “Drafting Template” handout to write out your idea.)

Be sure to save the draft of your “Coded Message” so you can work on it next time!

Ready for Day 3?

On day 3, you will reflect on your progress and make a plan to improve your work.