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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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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 (16), 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 (208), riddles (15)

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Howtoons - Nick Dragotta, Saul Griffith, Ingrid Dragotta, Joost Bonsen

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4 to 10
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Howtoons shows you how to create projects out of ordinary household items. Anyone who likes to construct, to use tools, to draw, to do-it-yourself, and to get active should visit ...more
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Howtoons shows you how to create projects out of ordinary household items. Anyone who likes to construct, to use tools, to draw, to do-it-yourself, and to get active should visit Howtoons. This very cool program narrates in cartoon format the story of a witty, preteen brother and sister who build all sorts of projects to accent the situations they find themselves in. The many projects range in difficulty from creating a trash bag raincoat, to building a Wobbler; a robot that moves using a servo motor. Each narrative starts with a little story, has a list of supplies needed, and gives simple diagrams to follow. They also slip in information such as how the ancient Greeks used drawings to express their ideas, share their history, and record their culture. Howtoons strives to promote safety, inspire creativity, and stress good work habits. Find an interesting project in categories like Animation, Biology, Computing, Communication, Craft, Energy, Engineering, Environment, Fashion, Food, Geometry, Holiday, Math, Music, Play, and Tools. Projects are available online or in PDF format.
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tag(s): crafts (40), creativity (109), engineering (125), inventors and inventions (101), multimedia (57)

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Language arts, science, and arts and crafts teachers will find Howtoons invaluable for teaching students to read and follow directions, to use different tools, to work safely while constructing, and even to collaborate. Have small groups of students work on a project together. Once your students have completed the projects, have a mini project fair in your room to show them off. Or, you can have students take pictures of each step, upload the images onto UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Or for less adventurous students, create a PowerPoint. Then have them add the directions, and present the UtellStory or PowerPoint and the product to the class. Do you have students who are always finished early? Or reluctant readers? Make Howtoons the "go to" program for them. Have them pick a project, bring in the materials, and build it. They can even present it to the class when finished, and let the class know the pitfalls to avoid.
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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 (208)

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NPR Weekly Puzzle - National Public Radio

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6 to 45
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The weekly word puzzle from National Public Radio is not specifically designed for students, but these puzzles can help build vocabulary and word analysis skills in secondary students....more
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The weekly word puzzle from National Public Radio is not specifically designed for students, but these puzzles can help build vocabulary and word analysis skills in secondary students. The site presents recent puzzles, along with their answers.

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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 (85)

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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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Archimedes' Laboratory Puzzles

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6 to 12
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With puzzles to make, puzzles to solve, and optical illusions to observe, this interactive site puts brains and eyes to the test. The site also has a maze maker, math ...more
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With puzzles to make, puzzles to solve, and optical illusions to observe, this interactive site puts brains and eyes to the test. The site also has a maze maker, math games, word games, and tricks to perform. The "Puzzles to make" section has detailed directions and printable instructions for using these puzzles in the classroom.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Online Etch-A-Sketch - Ohio Art

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K to 12
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OK, this one's mostly for fun, and we're showing our age. Still, the online version of the famous drawing toy performs much as the original did. Try this one on ...more
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OK, this one's mostly for fun, and we're showing our age. Still, the online version of the famous drawing toy performs much as the original did. Try this one on your students as an example of what high tech was thirty years ago. Just don't try to clear your screen by turning it upside down and shaking it! Operate the game using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

tag(s): drawing (78)

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Have young ones practice left and right by working with a partner at classroom computers, with one partner directing "left" or "right, "up" or "down" while the other operates the keys. Together they can make a drawing! Older students will be amused by the simplicity. See what they can create with just one continuous line.
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Simple Physics Experiments - Colorado State University

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6 to 12
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This collection of simple physics experiments from Colorado State University includes a number of illusions and other perceptual oddities. The site explains each in terms of the physics...more
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This collection of simple physics experiments from Colorado State University includes a number of illusions and other perceptual oddities. The site explains each in terms of the physics involved and offers suggestions for other related activities. Science teachers will find lots of useful examples - many of which require little or no equipment - here.

tag(s): experiments (71)

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Make Your Own Kaleidoscope

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4 to 12
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This is an online tool that lets users experiment with lines, fills, and color to create their own kaleidoscope. There are lots of possible imaging, color, and mathematical connections...more
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This is an online tool that lets users experiment with lines, fills, and color to create their own kaleidoscope. There are lots of possible imaging, color, and mathematical connections that one might draw from this one. It's also just plain fun to try. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): animation (63)

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SciZone - Ontario Science Centre

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4 to 12
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The Ontario Science Centre's student web page offers several collections of resources, including a set of games and puzzles done with just the right touch of student-level humor. Each...more
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The Ontario Science Centre's student web page offers several collections of resources, including a set of games and puzzles done with just the right touch of student-level humor. Each of these offers an intriguing introduction to some sort of scientific phenomenon. This would be a good site to add to your list of "exploring" sites, since it offers a broad collection of content that changes periodically.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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10Ticks

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This is an unusual "maths" site geared to British standards. American users will be particularly interested in the games and oddities sections, both of which offer collections of number-related...more
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This is an unusual "maths" site geared to British standards. American users will be particularly interested in the games and oddities sections, both of which offer collections of number-related activities ranging from a biorhythm calculator to a prime number identifier and more. This is a great site for those who like to play with numbers.

tag(s): numbers (204), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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Multiflyer

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4 to 8
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This is a nicely done flash-based multiplication game that should be attractive to elementary students. The game's ability to offer up problems based on specific review criteria could...more
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This is a nicely done flash-based multiplication game that should be attractive to elementary students. The game's ability to offer up problems based on specific review criteria could also make this one useful for parents or teachers who want to give students a little more practice with specific numbers or number ranges. Registered users have access to additional game components and tools.

tag(s): multiplication (227), operations (126)

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International High IQ Society

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6 to 12
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Among other elements, this site offers an intriguing set of "IQ tests" that your especially clever students might enjoy tackling. There is also a small collection of puzzles in the...more
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Among other elements, this site offers an intriguing set of "IQ tests" that your especially clever students might enjoy tackling. There is also a small collection of puzzles in the non-member section.

tag(s): logic (235), puzzles (208)

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MathsChallenge

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Here's a British site offering a steady diet of math problems for several different age groups. There are also regular "code" puzzles that challenge students to decrypt a message or...more
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Here's a British site offering a steady diet of math problems for several different age groups. There are also regular "code" puzzles that challenge students to decrypt a message or hidden phrase.

tag(s): cryptography (2)

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These problems could be used in class as extra challenges or online rewards for completed assignments.

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History of Recording Technology

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6 to 12
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The design of this privately developed site shows its age, but users will find abundant content and visuals here. It just takes a little work. The site covers the evolution ...more
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The design of this privately developed site shows its age, but users will find abundant content and visuals here. It just takes a little work. The site covers the evolution of technologies ranging from the earliest wax recordings to today's DVDs. Along the way, users can learn about the people and processes that have helped sound and video recording develop.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (101)

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Teachers may want to guide their students' use of this site. This site is a little text-heavy, but would be a great way to show the progression of the music industry over the modern era. Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector as an introduction to this unit or as review.

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San Francisco Symphony Kids' Site - San Francisco Symphony

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4 to 12
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Music teachers rejoice! Here's an engaging site that explains and demonstrates music theory and performance terms in ways that will keep the attention of students from elementary through...more
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Music teachers rejoice! Here's an engaging site that explains and demonstrates music theory and performance terms in ways that will keep the attention of students from elementary through high school. This collection of Flash animations demonstrates tempo, harmonization, instrument groups, pitch, meter, and many other elements. Among all the sounds and visuals, there is also thoughtfully written text that can link the presentation to personal experience. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): rhythm (20)

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Students can use this one in class (headphones, please!) or individually. If you use a projector or interactive whiteboard to introduce the site, be sure to turn up computer speakers.
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Real Design - Channel 4

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6 to 12
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This British site explains how industrial designers envision and execute projects ranging from large architectural efforts to product design and more. The content will challenge younger...more
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This British site explains how industrial designers envision and execute projects ranging from large architectural efforts to product design and more. The content will challenge younger students, and high schoolers interested in technology will find the guided interactive explanations really useful.

tag(s): architecture (83), design (84), inventors and inventions (101)

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Try this one if you're teaching technology education or have a gifted student searching for a project.
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