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AIMS Puzzle Corner - AIMS Education Foundation

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4 to 12
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Puzzles are highly motivational tools that capture the imaginations of students. To infiltrate the classroom with a vibrant brand of problem solving, this site offers a tantalizing...more
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Puzzles are highly motivational tools that capture the imaginations of students. To infiltrate the classroom with a vibrant brand of problem solving, this site offers a tantalizing educational bait-and-hook in the form of a new puzzle each month. Clearly illustrates puzzles and solutions. These ae not online interactives. The puzzles are explained in words or images on the web page. Some have downloadable pdf printables, as well.

tag(s): gifted (96), puzzles (208)

In the Classroom

Definitely include this one on your teacher web page for your bright but bored kids to challenge themselves both in and outside of class. Teachers of gifted will enjoy the varied levels available.

Use a puzzle as a "warm-up" at the start of math class every Monday to get the neurons connecting!

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Questacon: The Scilands - Questacon

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4 to 12
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This collection - part of an extensive site from Australia's Questacon museum - includes lots of optical illusions and deceptively simple puzzles designed to challenge perceptual abilities,...more
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This collection - part of an extensive site from Australia's Questacon museum - includes lots of optical illusions and deceptively simple puzzles designed to challenge perceptual abilities, logic, and higher-order thinking skills. It's a great place to send that student who's always ready for the next challenge.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

In the Classroom

Include this site on your teacher web page for students to access outside of class when they are looking for an extra mind-bending challenge. Also consider sharing this site with your teaching colleagues who work with gifted students.
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MENSA Workout - MENSA

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6 to 12
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This Mensa challenge includes problems and questions designed to challenge thinkers at all levels. Taken online, the challenge takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. However, the...more
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This Mensa challenge includes problems and questions designed to challenge thinkers at all levels. Taken online, the challenge takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. However, the site can be used as a whole, or teachers can use one or two questions at a time to challenge students.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

In the Classroom

This site offers a great mental workout for gifted students or other students who seem to need an added challenge in the classroom. Include this site on your teacher website so that such students may access it outside of class.

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The Grey Labyrinth

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6 to 12
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This site boasts a collection of visually impressive math and logic brain-busters to challenge your class puzzlemasters. The collection changes from time to time, and the game-quality...more
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This site boasts a collection of visually impressive math and logic brain-busters to challenge your class puzzlemasters. The collection changes from time to time, and the game-quality graphics make the site especially attractive to those who have grown up on video games.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Include this site on your teacher web page for students to access outside of class for additional mindstretching practice. Also consider sharing this site with your teaching colleagues who work with your gifted students.

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Grand Illusions

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6 to 12
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This collection of surprisingly devlish illusions, mind-games, and other tricks will stump curious students. Most of these puzzles require little or no equipment, making them great...more
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This collection of surprisingly devlish illusions, mind-games, and other tricks will stump curious students. Most of these puzzles require little or no equipment, making them great for quick, indoor activities. If you have students who need an extra challenge, send them here.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Share this site with your teaching colleagues who work with your gifted students.

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The Ultimate Puzzle Site - RJE Productions

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6 to 12
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This site contains hundreds of challenging with puzzles sorted by type and level of difficulty. Some puzzles challenge math skills, while others are more traditional mind-benders. You...more
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This site contains hundreds of challenging with puzzles sorted by type and level of difficulty. Some puzzles challenge math skills, while others are more traditional mind-benders. You may want to preview the puzzles for level of difficulty to avoid student frustration.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Use this site to create a link on your teacher web page to a "puzzle of the week" and challenge students to see if they can solve the puzzle.

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Go - Jan van der Steen

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1 to 12
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This Dutch site is full of information about the deceptively simple oriental game of go. The site contains listings of competitions, rules, and all manner of resources for players....more
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This Dutch site is full of information about the deceptively simple oriental game of go. The site contains listings of competitions, rules, and all manner of resources for players. If you're a go fan, this site is for you.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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This site is excellent enrichment for students seeking an added challenge. Include it on your teacher web page for students to access outside of class.

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Cool Quiz! - TheWebPro.Com, LLC

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6 to 12
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This site offers a strangely captivating collection of trivia, factoids, and other information served up in a way that keeps users asking for more. There are daily word and fact ...more
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This site offers a strangely captivating collection of trivia, factoids, and other information served up in a way that keeps users asking for more. There are daily word and fact selections, as well as quizzes and other games to challenge students' knowledge of off-beat facts. Great site for energetic brains, or well-read students who want to show how much they know. There are a lot of advertisements on throughout this site; warn younger students to avoid them.

tag(s): substitutes (21), trivia (17)

In the Classroom

Share this site on your teacher web age for students to access for some intellectual fun outside of class. Include it in your collection of links for one or two minute fillers when an activity ends early or to inspire curiosity during supervised study halls.

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Odyssey of the Mind

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This is the website for the annual Odyssey of the Mind competition, an interscholastic competion in which teams compete in an attempt to solve one of five categories of problems. ...more
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This is the website for the annual Odyssey of the Mind competition, an interscholastic competion in which teams compete in an attempt to solve one of five categories of problems.

tag(s): gifted (96)

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Entry into the competition requires each team to purchase a membership. However, this is a great resource and opportunity for teachers who work regularly with gifted students needing an additional challenge. Consider purchasing such a membership for your students, or pass the site along to a fellow teacher who works regularly with such students.

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Internet for Classrooms - Internet4Classrooms, LLC

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Internet4classrooms is a free web portal designed to assist anyone who wants to find high quality, free Internet resources to use in classroom instruction, developing project ideas,...more
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Internet4classrooms is a free web portal designed to assist anyone who wants to find high quality, free Internet resources to use in classroom instruction, developing project ideas, reinforcing specific subject matter areas both in the class and at home. Information is organized by grade level, or subject area. Web 2.0 tutorials include links for information on: apps for iPod, iTouch, blogs, audio/pod casting, collaboration, graphic organizers, file converters, html editors, open source, organization tools, PLN tools, presentation tools, social bookmarking, survey makers, web browsers, video/photo, Wiki, and Word Cloud Generators. Links for Assessment Assistance give extra ways to assess in a fun technological twist. A daily dose section offers quotes, brain teasers, question of the day, and intersecting trivia. Join an RSS feed to get the latest updated information. Up to date, active links are reviewed continually. At the time of this review the Interactive Test Resource for 7th grade assessment had several broken links.
This site includes advertising.

tag(s): graphic organizers (43), polls and surveys (48), professional development (123), social networking (112)

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Keep this bookmarked for a variety of ideas to update your curriculum continually to keep it fresh and intriguing. The technology tutorials can teach old dogs new tricks, or also help young dogs find new tricks. Allow your students to choose from a variety of project ideas for their highest level of motivation. Add as a resource on your web site for fun sites for your students to explore. Use many tools given in tutorials to make your presentations sizzle, for students, teachers, or other audiences. Challenge gifted students with brainteasers, puzzles, accelerated curriculum, or ACT/SAT prep.
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Subtangents.com - Duncan Keith

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4 to 12
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This site offers several different resources for math practice. The Investigations portion contains several different activities to practice critical thinking and problem solving skills....more
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This site offers several different resources for math practice. The Investigations portion contains several different activities to practice critical thinking and problem solving skills. Investigations included are number squares, leapfrog, diagonal differences, and more. Games include word search, broken calculator, mathionaire, and others providing practice with basic number operations and problem solving. Test Yourself provides quizzes for functions, number properties, Pythagoras Theorem, and Algebra. The Revise portion of this site provides review and practice for different math skills such as making pie charts, using a protractor, and solving linear equations. Teachers may also want to check out the Resources section for downloadable stationary, puzzles, and worksheets.

tag(s): gifted (96), logic (235)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Have students try out this site on individual computers, or as a learning center. Challenge students to complete the Investigations in the site, then write about their thinking process in Math journals or on the class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Tortoise and Hare Race - Shodor

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3 to 12
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This site provides practice with patterns, relations, and functions through the tale of the the Tortoise and the Hare. The amount of the tortoise's head-start can be changed, then take...more
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This site provides practice with patterns, relations, and functions through the tale of the the Tortoise and the Hare. The amount of the tortoise's head-start can be changed, then take the racers through the various stages to find out who wins! Students will enjoy predicting the winner while watching the race unfold. The instructor's section provides detailed information on standards addressed, classroom questions, and links to similar resources. There is also a link to downloadable exploration questions that can be used in conjunction with the site.

tag(s): estimation (46), functions (70), measurement (159), patterns (85)

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Provide students with a copy of the explorations questions to complete alone or with a partner. Use on your interactive whiteboard for a quick 5 minute filler, change the amount of the tortoise's head-start each time to offer different outcomes each time. Ask students to predict the outcome of each race before beginning, allow changes midway, and discuss what is happening to change students' opinions.
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