Did you ever want to be a spy? Or maybe speak in a “secret” language? Maybe I’m weird but I always wanted to learn Morse code. I thought it would be a super fun way to talk in “secret” to my friends. Almost like I could be a spy or something. And while it isn’t necessarily used anymore, it is still a fun skill to learn and could make a great Morse code study for your homeschool. Check out all these resources to learn about Morse code in your homeschool.
What is Morse code?
According to Dictionary.com, Morse code is “either of two systems of clicks and pauses, short and long sounds, or flashes of light, used to represent the letters of the alphabet, numerals, etc.: now used primarily in radiotelegraphy by ham operators.” It is named after Samuel Morse, the man credited with inventing the telegraph. Why would they name it after Morse if he didn’t create it? Because his device is what allowed communication to be transmitted over long distances. And while there is controversy over whether he was the original inventor of the telegraph, he is the one credited.
Co-developers of Morse code
There are two days each year that you can actually ‘celebrate’ or rather, set out to learn, about Morse code. Morse Code Day is April 27th, the birthday of Samuel Morse, who before becoming an inventor, was an accomplished painter until his mid-40’s. American physicist, Joseph Henry, also contributed to the development of Morse code. Henry served as the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute and discovered the electromagnetic phenomenon of self-inductance. He is the one that ultimately made the electromagnet into a practical device. His work on the electromagnetic relay was the basis of the practical electrical telegraph, which led to Samuel Morse’s invention.
And the third co-developer was Alfred Vail, who was an American inventor and machinist. Without the backing of Vail’s father, the telegraph might never have been fully developed or adapted for commercial use. It was only after his financial investment that Alfred was able to update and clarify the prototype by Morse. The first successful transmission was at the Speedwell Iron Works on January 6, 1838. After managing several telegraph lines from 1845-1848, Vail retired from the telegraph operations having only made $900/year. According to his journals, he wrote Morse saying, “I have made up my mind to leave the Telegraph to take care of itself, since it cannot take care of me. I shall, in a few months, leave Washington for New Jersey, … and bid adieu to the subject of the Telegraph for some more profitable business.”
Learn Your Name in Morse code
Did you know there is a day dedicated to “Learn Your Name in Morse code”? How fun is that?! Yep, it’s January 11th. As I mentioned before, I’ve always wanted to learn Morse code for myself. Not because I need it but just because I thought it would be fun (and a cool). Even though it isn’t taught or used any more, it is used by ham radio operators. So whether kids just learn how to “spell” their name or commit Morse code to memory, it is definitely a fun, new language to learn.
Resources to help you learn Morse code
Morse Code Unit Study (Middle and High School) from Year Round Homeschooling
Morse Code Alphabet from Teachers Printables
Morse Code Worksheet from Education.com
Write your name in Morse Code Worksheet from Homeschool Holiday (TpT)
Learn Morse Code in Minutes! from Learn Morse Code
Morse Code Decoder Ring from The Puzzle Den
Morse Code: Crack the Code from Sarah’s Smart Cookies (TpT)
Morse Code Spelling from LAH in GA (TpT)
Hands on STEM & STEAM – making and using a Morse Code device from The Joy of Numbers (TpT)
Morse Code Scavenger Hunt from Sarah Barnum (TpT)
Morse Code to English Codes Famous Quotes from Kiwiland (TpT)
Elementary Morse Code Unit Study from Year Round Homeschooling
Morse Code – Advantages and Limitations – Minecraft Inspired from MrsH 123 (TpT)
Montessori Classified Cards: The Morse Code from The Montessori Garden (TpT)
Morse Code Activity from Maestro Heights (TpT)
Zimmerman Telegram/Morse Code Assignment from Strunk’s Social Studies Store (TpT)
Crack the Code Puzzles for Technology Class from Brittany Washburn (TpT)
Westward Expansion Escape Room: Crack Morse Code & Solve Manifest Destiny Puzzle from History with Mr E (TpT)
Make Your Own Morse Code Name Necklace from Smart Chick (TpT)
MODEL Morse Code – Communication through Codes & Technology from What I Have Learned (TpT)
Samuel Morse and Morse Code Powerpoint Presentation from Erica Dodson (TpT)
Code Crackers #3 – Morse Code from Brains Loading Please Wait (TpT)
Summer Morse Code from Katie Stokes (TpT)
Spring Morse Code from Katie Stokes (TpT)
Winter Morse Code from Katie Stokes (TpT)
Nature Morse Code from Katie Stokes (TpT)
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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.