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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 (18)

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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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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 (208)

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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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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 (235), puzzles (208), sudoku (18)

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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 (208)

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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 (208), riddles (15)

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Activities: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - TeachersFirst

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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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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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Jig Zone - jigzone.com

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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 (208)

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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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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 (127), electricity (89), moon (72), sound (100), sounds (68)

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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.

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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 (11)

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Computer Generated Mazes - Discovery

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Marbles and the Cybersquad - Education Broadcasting

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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.

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Playing With Time - Minnesota Science Museum

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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.

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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!

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Nrich - Cambridge University

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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 (272)

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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 (239), logic (235)

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