Red, White, and Spy: Secrets of the American Revolution

“The Americans didn’t outfight us…they out spied us!”  These famous words uttered by a British commander reveal the important role of spies during the American Revolution.  Reporting to General George Washington, students will travel back in time to the summer of 1781.  The mission: craft a deception operation to divert the planned British attack on the incoming French fleet.  Their methods: covert communication, invisible ink, and codes and ciphers.  Integrating primary documents into a live- action mission, students will recreate George Washington’s sympathetic stain (invisible ink), decrypt real coded messages, and attempt to save the French fleet from British attack, while American success in the War hangs in the balance!

Critical Intel

Grades: 4-7

45 Minutes