I couldn't find anything on the web about how Chris specifically runs this one. Hopefully it will be in his new activity book coming out this next year (vicious rumor inspirational!). The closest we can get to understanding this on is to read the Bulls and Cows description (link above) and replace the four numbers used with four people. So far I've played Break the Code with groups of eight participants. I wrote down the names - horizontally on a piece of paper - of four people from the group. The players then had to figure out the four people in the order they were listed on my paper. When they lined up four people for an attempt at the answer I would say something like, "there are two people in the answer but only one is in the correct spot." This begins the rearranging and the feedback until they had the right four people in the right order. When multiple groups are playing, give each one a new puzzle after solving one in order to fill the time you have for the activity.
After Chris previewed this post, he sent over the write-up for Breaking the Code calling it a "sneak peek" to his next book! Thanks Chris !
The Ubuntu Philosophy
Ubuntu Cards embody the African philosophy of Ubuntu. Pronounced oo-boon-too, it means "I am because we are." and celebrates the common human bond that exists within each and every one of us. Ubuntu captures the essence of our programming at High 5: we are better people because of knowing those around us.
Zoom I just posted the "basics" of ZOOM HERE. Chris likes the basic presentation - players just need to talk to each other to solve the problem! Boom! Love it! He did share that he also likes to mix the pictures from ZOOM and Re-ZOOM together for the "next level" challenge. (Re-ZOOM) is really tough on it's own.) I have done this as well. I'll mixing in the beginning pages of Re-Zoom and the pages of ZOOM that include the desert scene with the person in the blue shirt - the blue in the watch (Re-ZOOM) and the blue in the shirt (ZOOM) often cause some interesting tension. (This last August I lead a group of 55 - mixing together an equal amount of pages from each book. I had a few pages left over so I put them off to the side, face up, as references - which they didn't see until 15 minutes into the activity - they were so focused in towards the center of their group. It was pretty powerful learning experience for this group of teachers)
(Re-ZOOM book cover)
Have FUN out there friends.
Chris Cavert, Ed.D.