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Math Teasers - NCES

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5 to 12
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This site offers a monthly math brain teaser problem to test your math/statistical knowledge. Solutions to the questions are hidden behind a clickable bar so you can share the question...more
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This site offers a monthly math brain teaser problem to test your math/statistical knowledge. Solutions to the questions are hidden behind a clickable bar so you can share the question on a projector without revealing the answer. Previous math teasers and solutions can be found in the archives.

tag(s): brain (68), statistics (127)

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Be sure to include this site on your teacher web page for students to access both in and outside of class. Use the challenge as an extra credit opportunity or a prompt for "math blogging."

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Mystery Net's Kids Mystery - MysteryNet: The Online Mystery Network

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4 to 9
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If solving a good mystery is what your students crave, then this website is worthy of bookmarking. There are 28 'quick solve' mystery stories provided. Students read the story, and...more
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If solving a good mystery is what your students crave, then this website is worthy of bookmarking. There are 28 'quick solve' mystery stories provided. Students read the story, and then choose the perpetrator. Clues are provided as necessary. This website also features 29 chiller mystery stories to solve. At the bottom of the screen, you will find links to lesson plans (about mysteries), mystery bibliographies, a "tricks" page, and much more.

tag(s): forensics (26)

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Reading teachers in the elementary and middle grades will appreciate the complicated story line at a lower reading level. Students will be motivated to read more of the stories.

Why not display the mystery on an interactive whiteboard (or projection screen) as an anticipatory set for a science class on forensics, reading lesson about "finding clues," or a mystery unit. Use the tools to highlight clue words and other ways that the mystery "leads" you to the solution. Challenge your class to create their own 'quick solve' mysteries individually or with a partner on a class wiki. If your teaching assignment allows you to team teach, coordinate your mysteries in reading class with a look at scientific method in science class, using these mysteries.

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Mrs. Cassidy's Web Page - Merry Christmas - Mrs. Cassidy

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K to 3
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Visit this seasonal website for some Christmas and general winter fun. Mrs. Cassidy, a primary teacher, has created another useful collection. Some examples of activities include: "Mix...more
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Visit this seasonal website for some Christmas and general winter fun. Mrs. Cassidy, a primary teacher, has created another useful collection. Some examples of activities include: "Mix and Match Snowman," "Make a Snowflake," and "Trim a Tree." Educational topics include matching, problem solving, logic, art, and others. Many of these activities require JAVA and/or FLASH. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): christmas (55), logic (248), matching (24), problem solving (294)

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All of these activities would be perfect on your interactive whiteboard. Students would also enjoy independent exploration of the activities on a classroom computer or cluster. Be aware - some of these activities lack educational value, so check out the activity BEFORE using it in your class. Most of the links are very educational and offer excellent enrichment activities. Also, you may notice some spelling differences (since some of the links originate from BC, Canada).
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Cracker - sciencemuseum

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An addictive logic challenge, this site asks student to "crack the code" to break into a security system at the Science Museum. Students use a telephone keypad to enter possible ...more
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An addictive logic challenge, this site asks student to "crack the code" to break into a security system at the Science Museum. Students use a telephone keypad to enter possible codes (4-digits). The challenge is somewhat similar with the board game Mastermind. Students are given six attempts to try to "crack the code" before an alarm goes off. After each attempt, students are provided with feedback about which numbers were correct. Dark green numbers represent numbers that are in the code, but in the wrong position. Light green numbers represent numbers that are in the code, and in the correct position. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): logic (248)

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What an excellent activity to practice logic and deduction skills! Students will love the challenge of trying to "crack the code". Science teachers trying to introduce hypothesis testing can use model this activity on an interactive whiteboard to demonstrate the process. This would then make an ideal cooperative learning activity for students to try in small groups. Elementary gifted students would also enjoy the challenges that this website provides.
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Launchball - sciencemuseum

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Beware - your students may get addicted to this science activity! Launchball challenges students to use batteries, solar power, magnets, and other types of virtual energy to move a...more
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Beware - your students may get addicted to this science activity! Launchball challenges students to use batteries, solar power, magnets, and other types of virtual energy to move a ball from a starting point to an ending point. There are numerous levels (up to 30). The program also offers hints and provides science facts throughout the activity. This mind stretcher allows students to play the game of virtual physics or create and share their own Launchball game. Users are able to sign-in and receive a password (free of charge). This allows users to return to the same game and save their conquests. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): electricity (92), energy (207)

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Introduce your students to this unique, mind-stretching activity using an interactive whiteboard. Then allow your students to work individually or in groups to navigate the activities and eventually create their own Launchball games to challenge classmates. What an exciting way to learn about energy! Use a single class log-in for safety's sake and to monitor student appropriateness, if necessary.
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Fake Out! - Education Place Houghton Mifflin

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K to 8
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Fake Out! is like an ongoing online game similar to "Balderdash." The game provides unusual (but REAL) vocabulary words that are categorized by grade levels: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. ...more
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Fake Out! is like an ongoing online game similar to "Balderdash." The game provides unusual (but REAL) vocabulary words that are categorized by grade levels: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. Students choose a word and attempt to define it by choosing among several definitions provided. If students choose the wrong definition, they are given the correct definition as well as a tally of how many times others chose each definition that is listed. Students are also given an opportunity to "create" a definition for a word and submit it to Fake Out! Student-created definitions may show up in the definition list for others to choose from.

tag(s): vocabulary (321)

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Use this site as a discussion starter for word study-- what clues can help you guess what an unknown word might mean (prefixes, suffixes, roots, etc). You can also use it to reinforce dictionary skills by having students write definitions in a credible-sounding format. Take the site one step further and have students complete activities such as creating a story with the word, using the word in a sentence, acting out the definition or drawing a picture of the word. If you have a class wiki, allow students to add favorite new words to a wiki glossary throughout the year. Teachers of gifted will love this challenge for their highly-verbal

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Inventing Modern America: Games - Lemelson-MIT

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5 to 12
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Students dream about becoming an inventor. This site shows that even the smallest item in life, such as the paper clip, was once invented by 'someone.' You can ...more
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Students dream about becoming an inventor. This site shows that even the smallest item in life, such as the paper clip, was once invented by 'someone.' You can promote creativity and encourage 'thinking outside the box' through this site. Play the 'Which Came First' game at this site to see if you can guess which invention came first, especially in conjunction with a social studies class on the inventors and industrial revolution. (Warning: It's harder than you think!) Or you may opt to play the 'Invention Connection' game, a challenging activity that builds higher level thinking through attribute listing and looking for common characteristics of diverse inventions. For pure information and inspiration, click on the five featured inventors to find video footage and other information about their lives and inventions. You will need the Shockwave plug-in to play the 'Invention Connection' game.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (92)

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Use an interactive whiteboard to play the games in science class as you talk about inventions, engineering, and the inquiry process that drives them or as an interdisciplinary connection in your lessons on inventions and the Industrial Revolution.
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Toy Theater - Toy Theater

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K to 5
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Memory puzzles, comic stories, action alphabet and math flashcards are just a few features at this site. Art, music, reading, math, puzzles and more are accessed through easy dropdown...more
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Memory puzzles, comic stories, action alphabet and math flashcards are just a few features at this site. Art, music, reading, math, puzzles and more are accessed through easy dropdown links. The difficulty ranges from simple primary skills to more challenging puzzles. Use these great interactives to teach music composition, practice with numbers, letters, and colors, do paper cut-outs like Henri Matisse, or practice math and reading skills. ESL or elementary spelling teachers will like the simple "crossword" vocabulary interactive. All links are interactive and require Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): alphabet (86), animation (63), counting (113), numbers (197), spelling (168)

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Use these activities as a center, with partners, or on an interactive whiteboard. Turn up the speakers for sound on the music portions.
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Break It Down - Science NetLinks

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3 to 8
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This thought provoking website offers a unique interactive game and lesson plans for differing levels. The interactive game challenges students to manipulate a system made of gears,...more
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This thought provoking website offers a unique interactive game and lesson plans for differing levels. The interactive game challenges students to manipulate a system made of gears, ramps, and switches. The challenge is to guide marbles correctly through a system (maze), and have the marbles make it safely to the bottom holder. Students are able to cut out pieces of the maze by clicking on the piece they wish to delete. To start the interactive game, you must click on the link directly under the title of the website. Some of the activities at this site require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. The lesson plan topics include simple machines, systems of the human body, engineering solutions, cells, and Leonardo's machines. General standards are included in the lesson plans.

tag(s): cells (99), engineering (129), human body (132), logic (248), machines (27), simple machines (35)

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This website has numerous uses in the classroom. The lesson plans are ready to go. If you use the interactive in class, on individual computers or an interactive whiteboard, be sure to make the link available outisde of class from your teacher web page so students can "play" with it. They will enjoy experimenting with it on their own.
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Cool Math - Coolmath.com

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K to 12
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This all-inclusive math website contains activities for all grades (K-12). The website also features countless lesson plans, math problems, math games, and a math dictionary. There...more
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This all-inclusive math website contains activities for all grades (K-12). The website also features countless lesson plans, math problems, math games, and a math dictionary. There are links for students, teachers, and parents. This resource provides excellent introduction lesson plans and highly creative games and activities. Be warned - this website does have some advertisements, but the content is wonderful. If you are looking for a way to review, re-teach, or introduce a math concept, take a few minutes to visit this website.

tag(s): addition (227), decimals (125), logic (248), puzzles (203)

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Provide this link in your class newsletter or share the link on your class web page for students to use this resource for additional practice at home. Use selected activities as a center on your single classroom computer or for whole-class practice.

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Activities: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - TeachersFirst

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4 to 8
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TeachersFirst offers a chapter-by-chapter set of activities for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Designed to be used after each chapter, the activities include science searches,...more
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TeachersFirst offers a chapter-by-chapter set of activities for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Designed to be used after each chapter, the activities include science searches, writing, and art projects suitable for individual or group use. The ideas and activities ask you to respond, extend, discuss, create, and more. There is simply no better way to try new "After Reading" strategies. Don't miss this great collection as a way to encourage anyone to get the most from reading and re-reading a new favorite. Find links to two other sets of Harry Potter book activities on the Intro page.

tag(s): harry potter (11)

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Share this link on your teacher web page or in a parent newsletter, if you don't have time to do all the activities at school. Ask students to design their own activities to accompany other Harry Potter books.

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Braingle: Brain Teasers, Puzzles, Riddles and More - Braingle

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3 to 12
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Exercise your gray matter by solving one of the 12,000 'braingles' at this site. It purports to be the largest collection of puzzles, riddles, mind games, etc, on the ...more
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Exercise your gray matter by solving one of the 12,000 'braingles' at this site. It purports to be the largest collection of puzzles, riddles, mind games, etc, on the Internet. Once you explore the site, you trust their word. The site is mobile phone and wii-friendly. Don't miss the section with SAT vocab (in Mentalrobics). There are articles on study skills and strategies such as clearing your mind before studying, "chunking" when reading, or various strategies to memorize material. Engage students into math and reading exercises through the endless riddles and puzzles at this site. They won't even be aware they are 'reading' or 'solving math.'

tag(s): brain (68), puzzles (203), riddles (16), vocabulary (321)

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Start class with a "warm-up" brain teaser. Or include this link on your teacher web page (with a caution about parental supervision for younger ones). Site creators claim the entire site is family-friendly, safe for classroom use. Portions of the site require membership, and the membership level that displays ads is free. You may want to set up a CLASS account and use it under controlled circumstances since there are forums and chat rooms, however. Or ask your tech folks to block the portion of the site that includes "community" in the URL (http://www.braingle.com/community/) to avoid having to deal with forums, chat rooms, etc.(If you are lucky enough to have such helpful tech support, make them cookies once in awhile!)
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Word Games - east of the web

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2 to 12
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This interactive website provides hours of mind stretching fun. The mind challenges include cryptoquote, popword, eight letters, define time, storyman, wordsearch, and codeword. Some...more
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This interactive website provides hours of mind stretching fun. The mind challenges include cryptoquote, popword, eight letters, define time, storyman, wordsearch, and codeword. Some of these challenges are perfect for spelling practice, learning new vocabulary, problem solving and basic math practice. Each activity provides instructions for the user to explain the purpose of the activity. Many of the activities also have various difficulty levels to differentiate the activity for a variety of learning levels. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): puzzles (203)

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This website is "interactive whiteboard ready." Students will love these mind stretching challenges and teachers will love the easy-to-use format of the activities. Put a game up on the whiteboard as students are taking their seats to focus attention and minds on WORDS before you start class. ESL teachers may find these games will help students practice language skills more readily. If you don't have time to utilize this challenge in class, provide the link in your class's newsletter or on your teacher web page.
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Inventing Modern America: Invention Connection - The Lemelson - MIT Program

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4 to 10
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This website helps to "connect" the dots of inventions. The "Invention Connection" challenges students to trace the paths and interconnections of many inventions. Students can complete...more
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This website helps to "connect" the dots of inventions. The "Invention Connection" challenges students to trace the paths and interconnections of many inventions. Students can complete this activity over and over again and learn about new inventions each time. The text portions may require some explanation to elementary students. This site requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): evolution (102), industrial revolution (26), inventors and inventions (92)

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Use this wonderful resource during your inventions/inventors units. This activity helps students to understand the connections between numerous inventions and forces then to think about unusual commonalities between unlike objects. This invention activity is perfect for an interactive whiteboard. You may want to have a separate window open to "look up" some of the more esoteric inventions that show up, since they may not be familiar to you and your students.
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Who Is It? - Birmingham Grid For Learning

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5 to 9
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Watch out CSI! This website provides an interactive forensic investigation aimed at developing students' scientific skills, knowledge, and understanding. The mystery involves determining...more
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Watch out CSI! This website provides an interactive forensic investigation aimed at developing students' scientific skills, knowledge, and understanding. The mystery involves determining the identity of a dead body. This site is sure to please students' curiosity. Even more importantly, this website provides excellent practice in logic skills and higher level thinking skills. The "Who Is It?" mystery provides a printable worksheet and a unique interactive web activity. This site requires Flash and Adobe. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. Note: The site is British, so beware of spelling differences!

tag(s): forensics (26)

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Click on the "Start the Activity" link at the top of this teacher-info page. Have students navigate and model one forensics investigation as a class on an interactive whiteboard before you allow them to work in groups to solve another of their choice. Note: our reviewers found that some web browsers overlap text content on some pages within the site, so pretest it on your browser or consider opening it in a different one.
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Science Zone - Mandy Barrow

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K to 8
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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life ...more
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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life processes, physical processes, materials, earth and space, and water. When you click on the general topic you are given countless activities to choose from. Whatever science concept you are teaching, my guess is that you will find a related resource at this phenomenal website. Most of these unique activities require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): electricity (92), forces (45), human body (132), light (51), planets (128), plants (174), sound (105), water (134), water cycle (32)

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Get an interactive whiteboard ready - and utilize these free interactive (and educational) activities to simplify the complexities of various scientific concepts.
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Maths Zone - Woodlands Junior School

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2 to 6
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This comprehensive math site provides countless math activities (nearly all interactive). Topics vary from basic number skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division),...more
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This comprehensive math site provides countless math activities (nearly all interactive). Topics vary from basic number skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), to shapes and space skills, to data and probability, to measurement skills, and even math investigations. There are worksheets to print. There are also interactive activities to use with an interactive whiteboard or individual computers. Some of the activities require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): angles (87), charts and graphs (197), decimals (125), fractions (228), mean (26), median (23), mode (16), money (185), percent (82), probability (141), time (141)

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Use an interactive whiteboard to introduce your class to this site's activities. Then differentiate your math lessons by allowing students to work independently on the math skills they are currently acquiring. Even if you have only a single classroom computer, you can provide practice and challenge at all levels. This is also a wonderful site to share as a link from your teacher home page or in your classroom newsletter.
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Interactive Maths Games and Activities - Woodlands Junior School

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K to 8
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This website provides some awesome, higher-level thinking activities. There are challenges provided in various subject areas including logic, math, science, literacy, memory and more....more
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This website provides some awesome, higher-level thinking activities. There are challenges provided in various subject areas including logic, math, science, literacy, memory and more. The specific activities are extremely attention grabbing and diverse. Some of the activities include Word Blender, Tessellations, and Sokoban. Most of these activities require Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): homophones (15), logic (248), numbers (197), spelling (168)

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This website literally provides activities on nearly all elementary subjects. The logic and mind stretcher activities are appropriate for elementary gifted students and middle school students. Get your entire class involved and use an Interactive Whiteboard!
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Math Presentations - Jefferson County Schools

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K to 12
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If you are teaching a new math concept or want to review an already-introduced math skill, you must visit this website. The site provides free PowerPoint presentations on numerous...more
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If you are teaching a new math concept or want to review an already-introduced math skill, you must visit this website. The site provides free PowerPoint presentations on numerous math topics. There are presentations for grades K-5 and 6-12. There are over 100 math topics available. Use these free resources to help simplify the complexities of mathematics in your classroom. You may need PowerPoint software on your computer to view these files, depending upon how the site creators saved them. Roll your mouse over the words slowly to see which shows can be played directly from the site and which you must download to your computer to run from there. This site has heavy advertising at the top of the landing page. Scroll down to find the presentations.
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tag(s): addition (227), air (148), division (161), logic (248), multiplication (211), subtraction (187), vision (79)

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Try these ready-to-go PowerPoint presentations on an interactive whiteboard or projector in your classroom. Some may also be well-suited for individual students to run on a single classroom computer for remediation or review. There are games, resources and a lot of information. The site includes a disclaimer asking to be notified if users find any unauthorized, copyrighted material. TeachersFirst recommends that you NOT download copies but instead use them online, just in case.

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Substitute Survival: Tools You Can Use - Education World

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This website provides substitutes with practical advice on surviving in a classroom. Most of the tips, websites and lesson ideas are more suitable for elementary or middle school,...more
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This website provides substitutes with practical advice on surviving in a classroom. Most of the tips, websites and lesson ideas are more suitable for elementary or middle school, but many of the tips are practical in any classroom, any grade and any subject matter. New teachers and those headed into student teaching would be wise to read it, as well.

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Substitutes - don't go into the trenches empty handed, print out this useful survival guide (or make it a TeachersFirst Favorite so you can find it anytime) and be prepared for the unexpected!

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