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Math Starter of the Day - Transum Software

4 to 8
This math website provides daily "math starters" in a variety of mathematic topics. There is one activity per day (366 for each year). This website provides a variety ...more
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This math website provides daily "math starters" in a variety of mathematic topics. There is one activity per day (366 for each year). This website provides a variety of math challenges that are creative, engaging, and easy to incorporate into your classroom routine.

tag(s): addition (227), decimals (125), division (161), fractions (228), money (185), multiplication (211), subtraction (187), vision (79)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share this website to start your math class. The activities are sure to clear the cobwebs in your students' minds. There is something for everyone.

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Logic and Reasoning Games - Math Playground

K to 12

Use this website to "clear out the cobwebs" in your students' minds. The site offers several interactive logic activities. Many require no reading. A few examples include Tetris, Rubik's...more
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Use this website to "clear out the cobwebs" in your students' minds. The site offers several interactive logic activities. Many require no reading. A few examples include Tetris, Rubik's Cube, Sliders, Towers and more. All activities require JAVA and FLASH. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): gifted (88), logic (248), problem solving (294), puzzles (203), substitutes (18)

In the Classroom

Use one of these on an interactive whiteboard as a brain warm-up at the beginning of class or as student enter the room. If you have a difficult group in a study hall, this site could keep them busy in a positive way. Substitutes will also love it! Include this link in your class's newsletter, classroom computer, or teacher web page for extra challenges and enrichment. Teachers of gifted can challenge their students to write "how to" directions for how to solve these puzzles, once they have figured them out!

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Lateral Puzzles - WebRing

3 to 12
Build higher level thinking skills, especially flexibility in how students visualize and interpret a brief story. This challenging and interactive website has Lateral puzzles, both...more
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Build higher level thinking skills, especially flexibility in how students visualize and interpret a brief story. This challenging and interactive website has Lateral puzzles, both "active" and "solved." Registration is required if you guess an answer to one of the "active" puzzles. Registration is not necessary for reading the puzzles and clues. This site gives a lateral puzzle, and then the readers can ask questions to the original poster. Some of the "solved" puzzles could be used with younger students. However, the site is geared towards middle school and high school aged students.

Not sure what a Lateral Puzzle is? Read the FAQ section!

tag(s): gifted (88), puzzles (203), thinking skills (16)

In the Classroom

Challenge your class with a "lateral puzzle of the day". This site would be perfect for your gifted students or to get everyone thinking at the start of class. Be sure to include the link on your web page! For an extra challenge when students have mastered the puzzles, ask them to analyze how they work and write some of their own.

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Math Contest - Ole' Miss

3 to 12
Find a problem of the week for elementary, middle and high school (algebra) as well as archived past problems on this simple site. You can submit your correct answer and ...more
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Find a problem of the week for elementary, middle and high school (algebra) as well as archived past problems on this simple site. You can submit your correct answer and get your name listed as a winner for that week. New problems appear on Mondays.

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Include this link on your teacher web page or start class with it each week on a projector, giving extra credit to those whose names appear on the web page by the weekend!

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The Near Doubles Machine - Crick Web

3 to 8

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 (227), division (161), multiplication (211), subtraction (187), vision (79)

In the Classroom

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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Leapfrog

3 to 8
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.

In the Classroom

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

3 to 8

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 (322), environment (325), problem solving (294)

In the Classroom

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

3 to 12
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 (88), logic (248), puzzles (203)

In the Classroom

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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Inventor of the Week - MIT Lemelson Center

6 to 12
The Lemelson Center at MIT offers a weekly profile of an inventor - some famous, many less so. If you're doing a unit on scientists, creativity, or economic/industrial growth, this...more
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The Lemelson Center at MIT offers a weekly profile of an inventor - some famous, many less so. If you're doing a unit on scientists, creativity, or economic/industrial growth, this site can help students understand how many advances are the result of small, incremental improvements rather than revolutionary breakthroughs.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (92), scientists (69)

In the Classroom

Use the inventor of the week section as an activator at the beginning of every week in a science or Physics classroom. This could be used as an activator over the interactive whiteboard or as a learning center or station. This could be used every week or before inventive projects, serving as a motivator!

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World Geography Quizzes - Sheppard Software

3 to 12
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 (24), continents (51), countries (81), maps (298)

In the Classroom

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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Matchstick Puzzles - zefrank.com

5 to 12
These six puzzles, involving virtual matchsticks, require some clever out-of-the-box thinking. Follow the directions to create a specific number of equal rectangles by moving a limited...more
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These six puzzles, involving virtual matchsticks, require some clever out-of-the-box thinking. Follow the directions to create a specific number of equal rectangles by moving a limited number of matches. It's tougher than it looks. No hints given!

tag(s): puzzles (203)

In the Classroom

This is a great find for gifted students. Share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, and allow students to work on the puzzles in teams. Have the teams compete to see who can solve the puzzles the fastest, or complete the most. This site is tricky, but is an excellent enrichment activity for a unit on logic or geometry.

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Random Sudoku

7 to 12
Any Sudoku fans in your classroom? Send them to this site that provides problem-solving techniques, helpful for successfully conquering some of the most fiendish puzzles. Learn about...more
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Any Sudoku fans in your classroom? Send them to this site that provides problem-solving techniques, helpful for successfully conquering some of the most fiendish puzzles. Learn about crosshatching, slicing and dicing, and "penciling in." Discover the five rules that stress finding numbers for squares, rather than finding squares for umbers. This truly is a site for the Sudoku aficionados among us.

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

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Scrabble

5 to 12
The challenge and creativity of the original board game comes alive in this virtual version. Review the available tools that can undo, redo, withdraw, sort, and even save an ...more
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The challenge and creativity of the original board game comes alive in this virtual version. Review the available tools that can undo, redo, withdraw, sort, and even save an uncompleted game. Although this "solitaire" Scrabble game misses the group interaction of the traditional version, it provides a great opportunity for creative, independent thought related to spelling and vocabulary.

tag(s): spelling (168), vocabulary (321)

In the Classroom

This "just for fun" activity can be utilized as a meaningful reward for completing class work early. Channel students to this site for some vocabulary building during down-time.

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Alice Mazes

4 to 8
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 (203)

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Mankala - Roger E. Critchlow, Jr.

7 to 12
Most students are familiar with the traditional Mankala game that uses a rectangular wooden board and stones, but this online version adds a few interesting options and variations....more
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Most students are familiar with the traditional Mankala game that uses a rectangular wooden board and stones, but this online version adds a few interesting options and variations. Read the instructions carefully! Students can play against the computer or with a partner.

In the Classroom

Add this mind-stretching game of strategy to a unit on African history and culture. A nice activity to add to a celebration of Black History Month.

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Sudoku Mini - TeachersAndFamilies

3 to 7
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 (248), puzzles (203), sudoku (16)

In the Classroom

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

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Brain Food - Rinkworks

5 to 8
Word games, logic problems, and riddles can provide invaluable problem-solving practice for your students, regardless of your subject area. This site offers links to hundreds of challenging...more
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Word games, logic problems, and riddles can provide invaluable problem-solving practice for your students, regardless of your subject area. This site offers links to hundreds of challenging activities that will provide a work-out for the mind.

tag(s): logic (248), riddles (16)

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Use these activities as enrichment options in your classroom.

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The Ultimate Puzzle Site

4 to 12
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 (203), riddles (16)

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Consecutive Numbers Problem - PBS

6 to 8

Here's a math activity that will test students' skills at logic as well as number operations. Students must arrive at a series of consecutive numbers that add up to a ...more
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Here's a math activity that will test students' skills at logic as well as number operations. Students must arrive at a series of consecutive numbers that add up to a target total. It's a tricky challenge, and the site includes comments from several students on the strategies they used to solve the problem. Try this one for students who need a little extra challenge now and then.

tag(s): estimation (48), logic (248), numbers (197)

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

4 to 8
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 (11)

In the Classroom

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.