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The Near Doubles Machine - Crick Web

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3 to 8
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The goal of this activity is to reach a "target number" from a starting number. Students are given a number and then have the options of doubling the number, ...more
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The goal of this activity is to reach a "target number" from a starting number. Students are given a number and then have the options of doubling the number, dividing the number by 2, adding 3 or subtracting 5. Develop number sense and multiplication/division skills. This is a more difficult version of the game "Crazy Counter". Flash is required.

tag(s): addition (223), division (159), multiplication (210), subtraction (184), vision (77)

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This is an excellent mind-stretching activity for group or independent challenges. Use it as a warm-up on an interactive whiteboard or projector before any math lesson or as reinforcement during a unit on multiplication or division. This is a definite link for your teacher web page. You will develop number addicts!
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Guess The Number - Crick Web

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1 to 4
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This unique logic game has 3 levels (number up to 100, up to 500 and up 1000). Students are asked to guess a number. They are told if ...more
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This unique logic game has 3 levels (number up to 100, up to 500 and up 1000). Students are asked to guess a number. They are told if they are too high or too low. Students must use their logic to figure out the mysterious number. Flash is required.

tag(s): inequalities (25), logic (236)

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This activity is an excellent logic activity and a wonderful way to practice "greater than" and "less than." Have students play it on an interactive whiteboard and write down what they know as they make each attempt: "My number is
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Leapfrog

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3 to 8
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This logic game asks students to move six frogs (3-blue and 3-green). This is a lot more difficult than it may appear. The rules include: each color frog ...more
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This logic game asks students to move six frogs (3-blue and 3-green). This is a lot more difficult than it may appear. The rules include: each color frog may only move in one direction and frogs may move one space or jump over one frog. The students are asked to investigate the game by answering a few specific questions. Younger children will need teacher direction. This game requires Flash.

tag(s): gifted (90), logic (236)

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There is no explanation or solution provided, so you may want to visit this site for a few minutes before including your class to familiarize yourself with the activity. This is a good activity to develop multi-step planning and envisioning strategies. Use it as an interactve whiteboard warm-up to get your class thinking and forming hypotheses.
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Brookfield Zoo: In Search of The Ways of Knowing Trail - Brookfield Zoo

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3 to 8
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This animated site is amazing! The entire site is a journey throughout the African forest. Along the way, students have four African children offering advice. Their parents ...more
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This animated site is amazing! The entire site is a journey throughout the African forest. Along the way, students have four African children offering advice. Their parents include a researcher, forest ranger, farmer and more! The African characters' expertise helps the student to choose which way to go next. The site includes a forest fact book, information about African animals and forests. A special asset of this unique site is that it incorporates problem-solving skills. Hints are given, but the student has to choose which option would be best. The site requires FLASH! Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): africa (168), animals (307), environment (321), problem solving (289)

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Your students will need a good 15-30 minutes to complete this activity either as a class or individually. Don't forget to use an interactive whiteboard if you are doing this as a class activity. Students will want to visit again at home, so include the link on your teacher web page, as well.
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Analytical Problems And Puzzles - folj.com

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3 to 12
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This very simple site, created by an anonymous puzzle-lover, is a treasury for logic problems and lateral thinking puzzles to use in your classroom or beyond. Click on the puzzle ...more
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This very simple site, created by an anonymous puzzle-lover, is a treasury for logic problems and lateral thinking puzzles to use in your classroom or beyond. Click on the puzzle type you want. Use them as brain warm-ups in a math or science class before venturing into problem-solving or inquiry process or simply to engage the brains before starting any activity. There are different levels of logic and different types of lateral thinking puzzles, each with a hint before revealing the complete answer. These puzzles would also be useful for gifted enrichment.

tag(s): gifted (90), logic (236), puzzles (204)

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If you don't have time to spend on these in class as often as you would like, print out a single lateral thinking or logic problem each week for your bulletin board and let the students argue about it all week. Or include this link on your teacher website for the students to access outside of class. This site is a life-saver for your study hall the day before a vacation!

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World Geography Quizzes - Sheppard Software

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3 to 12
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With such poor results as a nation on geography testing, we all should try these geography games to build student knowledge of U.S. and world geography. Students can click on ...more
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With such poor results as a nation on geography testing, we all should try these geography games to build student knowledge of U.S. and world geography. Students can click on the region of the world and practice at different levels of difficulty. Even adults can find a challenge. Offered in a "dial up version" for those accessing the sites from a slower connection. Note: the non-dial-up pages require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): capitals (25), continents (49), countries (80), maps (292)

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Be sure to put a link for these online games and quizzes on your teacher web page for the summer and throughout the school year. Students can use them to practice for your geography quizzes or as extra challenges. The different levels of dificulty will allow you to differentiate your instruction easily.

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Jigsawdoku

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2 to 6
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If you're just learning to play or need something more kid-friendly than traditional Sudoku, try this online version. Click on the "Options" tab to adjust the game by difficulty level...more
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If you're just learning to play or need something more kid-friendly than traditional Sudoku, try this online version. Click on the "Options" tab to adjust the game by difficulty level and grid size.

tag(s): sudoku (17)

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Before turning students loose to try it on their own, project this game in your classroom, and work through a basic-level Sudoku game as a class to illustrate the purpose and strategies.
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Alice Mazes

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4 to 8
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This series of eight interactive mazes brings some unique challenges to the usual navigation process. Users must keep an eye on directional arrows and their numeric values, as they...more
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This series of eight interactive mazes brings some unique challenges to the usual navigation process. Users must keep an eye on directional arrows and their numeric values, as they move toward their goal. Mazes can be "restarted" in the likely event that a user may become hopelessly stuck. Solutions are neither simple nor quick, so recommend these to your most tenacious students who love a challenge. Great extension activity for gifted and high ability students.

tag(s): puzzles (204)

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Kids Soup - Ear Twiggles Productions

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K to 3
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Find easy-to-make winter crafts and games - perfect for early elementary students. Includes printable patterns and step-by-step instructions. ...more
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Find easy-to-make winter crafts and games - perfect for early elementary students. Includes printable patterns and step-by-step instructions.

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You might want to pass this on to parents anxious for at-home "snow day" activities. SHare it with parent volunteers who will be helping plan class parties, as well.

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Sudoku Mini - TeachersAndFamilies

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3 to 7
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This mini version of the highly popular Sudoku game is just right for honing elementary students' math and logic skills. Find the right numbers to fill all the squares. There's ...more
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This mini version of the highly popular Sudoku game is just right for honing elementary students' math and logic skills. Find the right numbers to fill all the squares. There's a new game each week. An expanded Sudoku game is available in the TeachersAndFamilies member area. Requires the FLASH plug-in.

tag(s): logic (236), puzzles (204), sudoku (17)

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Use this one as a self-stufy resource to build math and logic skills.
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Sudoko for Kids

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2 to 6
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Develop your students' logic skills with this collection of downloadable Sudoku puzzles - organized by difficulty level. The goal of a Sudoku puzzle is to fill in digits, so that ...more
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Develop your students' logic skills with this collection of downloadable Sudoku puzzles - organized by difficulty level. The goal of a Sudoku puzzle is to fill in digits, so that each number appears only once in each column, row, and mini-grid. Download the free Sudoku for Kids book that provides kid-friendly instructions - useful for adult beginners as well!

tag(s): puzzles (204)

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Have a team competition as students use the site on an interactive whiteboard and try to solve the sudoku puzzle's the quickest. Sudoku would be a fun break and practice of logic for any math or science class. Teachers can also share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector at the beginning of class, and challenge students to work on the puzzles individually. The activity will get their brains in motion and ready for the rest of class!
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The Ultimate Puzzle Site

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4 to 12
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This collection of puzzles, riddles, brainteasers, and interactive tests challenges students to think outside of the box and improve their analytical skills while having fun. Puzzles...more
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This collection of puzzles, riddles, brainteasers, and interactive tests challenges students to think outside of the box and improve their analytical skills while having fun. Puzzles are graded by level of difficulty and the amount of math needed to arrive at a solution.

tag(s): puzzles (204), riddles (16)

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Activities: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - 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 Order of the Phoenix . Designed to be used after each chapter, the activities include science...more
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TeachersFirst offers a chapter-by-chapter set of activities for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix . 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 activities for two other Harry Potter books on the Intro page.

tag(s): harry potter (12)

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Share the link on your teacher web page or in a parent newsletter, if you don't have time to do all the activities at school. Challenge students to design similar activities to accompany other Harry Potter (or other favorite) books.

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Activities: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - TeachersFirst

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4 to 8
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TeachersFirst offers a set of chapter-by-chapter response activities for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Use art, writing, and web research to answer questions or think...more
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TeachersFirst offers a set of chapter-by-chapter response activities for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Use art, writing, and web research to answer questions or think about the issues in a particular chapter. Ideal for individual use, and many of these could serve as the basis for a group discussion on topics like loyalty and leadership. 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 (12)

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Share the 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 similar activities to accompany other Harry Potter (or other favorite) books.

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Very good way of planning. kel, GA, Grades: 3 - 5

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Jig Zone - jigzone.com

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1 to 12
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Make this virtual jigsaw puzzle site available for those inevitable moments of "downtime" in the classroom. Choose a topic from the gallery (preferably one that relates to your curriculum),...more
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Make this virtual jigsaw puzzle site available for those inevitable moments of "downtime" in the classroom. Choose a topic from the gallery (preferably one that relates to your curriculum), select a level of difficulty (number of pieces), and start the challege. These puzzles are not only a lot of fun, but good exercises for developing spatial skills. The pop-ups are annoying but can be blocked by Windows XP. Allow time for the site to load. Check the Frequently Asked Questions link (at the bottom of the page)for troubleshooting if you are having difficulty making the puzzles work.

tag(s): puzzles (204)

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Combine a brain-warming activity with a bit of review, and create your own jig-saws for students to solve! First, access the section entitled "Turn your photos into puzzles," and select an image pertinent to a specific unit and upload it to the site. Once the jigsaw puzzle has been created, have students open the puzzle on individual computers and compete to see who can get the best time putting the image back together! The best images to use would be diagrams, or model images of a particular object. This site works amazingly well for science classes were students need to be familiar with specific images. An example would be have anatomy students re-construct skeletal images, etc. A clever way to get their minds thinking!

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Engaging Science - Engaging Science

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4 to 6
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These six entertaining, interactive games can enrich your science curriculum while reinforcing basic life, physical, and earth-space science content. Choices include Wild Wetlands...more
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These six entertaining, interactive games can enrich your science curriculum while reinforcing basic life, physical, and earth-space science content. Choices include Wild Wetlands and What a Mouthful (conservation), Make a Note (sound), Current Affairs (conductivity of objects), It's Just a Phase (the moon), and This is Your Life (geological processes). Headphones recommended.

tag(s): conservation (130), electricity (89), moon (72), sound (103), sounds (70)

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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 (225)

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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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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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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 (204)

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