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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Half - Educational Broadcasting Corporation

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2 to 4
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This is more than just an interactive game about fractions - it's a true brainteaser. Students must apply logic and spatial reasoning to find the 13 ways an 8-piece square ...more
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This is more than just an interactive game about fractions - it's a true brainteaser. Students must apply logic and spatial reasoning to find the 13 ways an 8-piece square can be divided in half.

tag(s): fractions (226)

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Word Morph - WordPlays.com

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6 to 12
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This challenging, interactive word game is more than a "just-for-fun" activity. Students must use strategy and vocabulary skills to make changes to a starting word - one letter at a...more
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This challenging, interactive word game is more than a "just-for-fun" activity. Students must use strategy and vocabulary skills to make changes to a starting word - one letter at a time - and form a new word. Each word morph can be solved in 10 moves or less, but must be completed within 5 minutes. A purposeful and competitive "filler" to add to a language arts class.

tag(s): thesaurus (24), vocabulary (323), word choice (26)

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Use this site as a learning station for students who may finish work early, and need something productive to do to avoid bothering other students. To make it competitive, keep a record board near the computer where students can log their high scores. Competing against each other may make students more interested to play for a new minutes at a time, and less likely to disturb others in testing situations.

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Brainteasers - Houghton Mifflin

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3 to 8
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Tune in weekly to this site for new brainteasers designed to challenge students in grades three through eight. Check back a week later to see if you've solved them correctly. ...more
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Tune in weekly to this site for new brainteasers designed to challenge students in grades three through eight. Check back a week later to see if you've solved them correctly. Hints are provided for each question. Use this site as a motivator for your math students - reward extra points for those who choose to exercise their problem-solving skills.

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SAT Preparation Center - The College Board

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7 to 12
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For students approaching that ever-important College Board test, this site is an invaluable resource. Features include a "question of the day," a series of practice questions that address...more
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For students approaching that ever-important College Board test, this site is an invaluable resource. Features include a "question of the day," a series of practice questions that address math, critical reading, and writing skills, a review of the dreaded essay question, and a full-length practice test that can be downloaded and printed after completing free registration.

tag(s): college (48), test prep (96)

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Illusions - The Exploratory

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4 to 12
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These ten interactive optical illusions demonstrate how the eye can be easily deceived and give students a chance to question and analyze what they're actually seeing. Plug this into...more
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These ten interactive optical illusions demonstrate how the eye can be easily deceived and give students a chance to question and analyze what they're actually seeing. Plug this into a science or psychology lesson and let the discussions begin.

tag(s): eyes (6), optical illusions (13)

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Art Detective - Tate Museum

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5 to 8
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There's a mysterious piece of art in the gallery? Can you discover its secrets? Send your students on a virtual mission to work through the mystery while interacting with a ...more
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There's a mysterious piece of art in the gallery? Can you discover its secrets? Send your students on a virtual mission to work through the mystery while interacting with a variety of activities, multiple-choice quizzes and images. Discovering one piece of information leads to understanding another facet of the mystery. Responses are automatically recorded in the "Detective's Notebook," so students can keep track of their progress.

tag(s): art history (74)

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Thinking Machine 4 - Martin Wattenberg

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8 to 12
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Experience an unforgettable game of chess with this interactive site that pits visitors against an artificial intelligence program. After moving your chess piece, watch your opponent's...more
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Experience an unforgettable game of chess with this interactive site that pits visitors against an artificial intelligence program. After moving your chess piece, watch your opponent's thought processes evolve as a visible network on the board. This is an awesome activity for students that truly enjoy a challenge.

tag(s): chess (2), logic (235)

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Computer Generated Mazes - Discovery

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1 to 5
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Design custom-made mazes for your students with this easy-to-use resource. Choose the desired shape, grid size, and complexity, and then let the site create the maze for you. Mazes...more
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Design custom-made mazes for your students with this easy-to-use resource. Choose the desired shape, grid size, and complexity, and then let the site create the maze for you. Mazes can be printed out or even displayed on your class Web site, provided credit is given to Discovery School.

tag(s): puzzles (203)

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Hangman

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4 to 12
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Whether your students are learning how to spell the fifty states, reviewing chemistry terms, or trying out their foreign language skills, this collection of thematic hang-man games...more
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Whether your students are learning how to spell the fifty states, reviewing chemistry terms, or trying out their foreign language skills, this collection of thematic hang-man games can provide a fun way to practice! Select a topic (most are curriculum-related, a few are just for fun) and try the interactive games, or print out the blank hang-man worksheets and create your own.

tag(s): grammar review (41)

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Dr. Marbles and the Cybersquad - Education Broadcasting

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2 to 5
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This is a "just for fun" interactive problem solving activity that young students will love. Figure out how to transport the group of travelers across the river using the least ...more
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This is a "just for fun" interactive problem solving activity that young students will love. Figure out how to transport the group of travelers across the river using the least number of moves. Two levels of difficulty are provided. A thought-provoking "filler" for those unstructured moments at the beginning or end of class.

tag(s): logic (235)

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Playing With Time - Minnesota Science Museum

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1 to 12
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Amazing sights await you in this site that takes a fascinating look at how the world around you changes. Visitors can actually control the passage of time - speed it ...more
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Amazing sights await you in this site that takes a fascinating look at how the world around you changes. Visitors can actually control the passage of time - speed it up or slow it down - and view the coming of spring, the evolution of the continents, or the incredible functions of the human eye. Follow the Activities link to find some visually challenging interactive activities. This site would be an engaging addition to a life science or art lesson. Use the activities to encourage creative problem solving, or select one of the video images to use as a creative writing prompt.

tag(s): time (137)

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Decipher a Coded Message - PBS Nova

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4 to 8
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Calling all gumshoes! Your mission is to analyze and crack a simple cipher. Don't worry. this online decoder provides instructions and hints along the way. If your students like to...more
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Calling all gumshoes! Your mission is to analyze and crack a simple cipher. Don't worry. this online decoder provides instructions and hints along the way. If your students like to solve cryptograms, they'll enjoy applying their knowledge of words, spelling, and sentence structure to this activity. Use this as a "filler," or incorporate into a literature unit on mysteries. Challenge your student to create their OWN ciphers!

tag(s): cryptography (3)

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Nrich - Cambridge University

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1 to 12
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This collection of interactive games, and articles is designed to challenge students to use their problem solving skills. Activities are organized according to UK education system levels,...more
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This collection of interactive games, and articles is designed to challenge students to use their problem solving skills. Activities are organized according to UK education system levels, but click on Help for an easy conversion guide. Each problem includes a question, related pictures or diagrams, a form for students to submit their solution, and helpful hints and notes for parents and teachers. A weekly challenge is also offered. Complete the free registration to participate in a discussion forum, pose questions online, or post messages. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): problem solving (287)

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Cool Math for Kids

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4 to 8
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Students can practice and review skills related to basic geometry, fractions, logic, and problem solving with these fun and interactive activities. Highlights include a virtual lemonade...more
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Students can practice and review skills related to basic geometry, fractions, logic, and problem solving with these fun and interactive activities. Highlights include a virtual lemonade stand game (manage your own business to make a profit!), a collection of thought-provoking "Brain Benders," and "ArithmATTACK" - a computer driven game that challenges kids to see how many arithmetic problems they can answer in one minute.

tag(s): fractions (226), logic (235)

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Jump Frog - Barbara Feldman

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1 to 3
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This interactive game challenges young students to remove all but one jumping frog from the pond by using careful planning and logic. Points are awarded each time a frog is ...more
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This interactive game challenges young students to remove all but one jumping frog from the pond by using careful planning and logic. Points are awarded each time a frog is eliminated (checkers style), and bonus points can be earned if the final frog is left sitting in the middle of the pond.

tag(s): logic (235)

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Newspapers in Education: Spelling Bee Resources - Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal

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5 to 8
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This site is a handy reference for teachers, parents and students who are involved in hosting, coaching, or participating in spelling bee competitions. An extensive practice list, warm-up...more
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This site is a handy reference for teachers, parents and students who are involved in hosting, coaching, or participating in spelling bee competitions. An extensive practice list, warm-up words, and the "fateful 50" - a list of challenging words missed by championship contestants - are provided.

tag(s): competitions (14), spelling (168)

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Brain Explorer

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3 to 7
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If you're looking for meaningful enrichment activities in the form of challenging, yet entertaining games and puzzles, this may be just what you need. The riddles, illusions, and other...more
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If you're looking for meaningful enrichment activities in the form of challenging, yet entertaining games and puzzles, this may be just what you need. The riddles, illusions, and other mental adventures are taken from the Brain Explorer, a book written for children from age 9 to 12. Brain-bending games include Memory Solitaire, Welcome to the Third Dimension, and Jumping to Conclusions. Some are entirely "on-line interactive," while others require some effort with paper and pencil. Created by the Exploratorium.

tag(s): puzzles (203), riddles (16)

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Protozone Interactive

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2 to 9
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Tap into your students' creativity and strengthen visual/spatial intelligence with this collection of web-sized interactive programs that encourage drawing, playing and exploring. ...more
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Tap into your students' creativity and strengthen visual/spatial intelligence with this collection of web-sized interactive programs that encourage drawing, playing and exploring. A free Shockwave plug-in is required and can be downloaded easily from the site. Best used with a high-speed Internet connection.

tag(s): puzzles (203)

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Historical Ciphers - Trinity College, Hartford

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6 to 12
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This presentation by students and faculty at Trinity College, Hartford includes discussions of some of history's more famous cipher and encryption machines, including the infamous German...more
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This presentation by students and faculty at Trinity College, Hartford includes discussions of some of history's more famous cipher and encryption machines, including the infamous German enigma machines. Along the way, there's a presentation on some of the basics of encryption. Students interested in math or computer security will find this one an interesting introduction to a hugely complex topic.

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Use this site as a quick lesson during a history or statistics class, in an attempt to teach students about how some ciphers were solved and how it affected history. Peruse a few of the ciphers as a class on the interactive whiteboard, as a challenge have students try to make or solve one on their own! Students can present their ciphers on the interactive whiteboard, and try to stump their peers!

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Anyday

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6 to 12
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This one is tough to categorize. Enter a day of the year, and this site will tell you about important events, births, and deaths that have happened on that day. ...more
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This one is tough to categorize. Enter a day of the year, and this site will tell you about important events, births, and deaths that have happened on that day. Try using this one to create a list of important events - covering a variety of subject areas - for an entire week.

tag(s): quiz (88)

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This site would make for a great creative writing project for students in a high school english class. Have students search for their birth date, and find one person on that list that they can focus their paper on. Have students research their historical person, eventually writing a analytical paper about the similarities and differences between their own life and that of their selected person. Teachers can focus more on similarities to make it more difficult and interesting - but it is a great way to get students thinking about comparing and contrasting.

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