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BrainQuest - Workman Publishing

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Subtitled "it's OK to be smart," this site offers a collection of games, puzzles and activities designed to challenge active minds. There are also original articles, a 2-minute quiz,...more
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Subtitled "it's OK to be smart," this site offers a collection of games, puzzles and activities designed to challenge active minds. There are also original articles, a 2-minute quiz, and a post card feature.

tag(s): logic (244), quiz (84)

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Play SET Online - Set Enterprises

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Set is a challenging logic game that is often used in building reasoning skills in students. The premise is simple enough for elementary students to understand, but the applications...more
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Set is a challenging logic game that is often used in building reasoning skills in students. The premise is simple enough for elementary students to understand, but the applications can be a real challenge even for older students. This online version offers a daily sample to challenge students.

tag(s): logic (244)

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More Brain Teasers - Hoagies

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A creative collection of puzzles and brainteasers to challenge gifted students. This large collection is maintained by Hoagies and sometimes has a few dead links, but the collection...more
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A creative collection of puzzles and brainteasers to challenge gifted students. This large collection is maintained by Hoagies and sometimes has a few dead links, but the collection is still worth visiting for the MANY good sites they share.

tag(s): gifted (82)

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Mental Gym - BBC

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9 to 12
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Here's a great collection of quick thinking questions from the BBC's "National IQ" web site. Most questions involve math, reasoning, or other logic skills. ...more
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Here's a great collection of quick thinking questions from the BBC's "National IQ" web site. Most questions involve math, reasoning, or other logic skills.

tag(s): logic (244), thinking skills (14)

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These questions could form the basis for an informal "class quiz" game.
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Fooble :: Perplexus

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9 to 12
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Here's one that will tie your brain in knots. Some of these logic puzzles will challenge even advanced high school students, but both solutions and discussion are readily available...more
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Here's one that will tie your brain in knots. Some of these logic puzzles will challenge even advanced high school students, but both solutions and discussion are readily available for those who struggle. There are many different puzzle types, and new content seems to appear regularly. Note, however, that the ad banner space occasionally displays content that some might not deem appropriate for school use.

tag(s): logic (244), puzzles (204)

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Teachers will find this one a great source for "extra point stumpers."

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Planetarium: a puzzle-story in twelve weekly installments

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Here's an ongoing interactive puzzle that can really grow on you. A free registration lets users move through the puzzle one week at a time, discovering new clues with each ...more
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Here's an ongoing interactive puzzle that can really grow on you. A free registration lets users move through the puzzle one week at a time, discovering new clues with each visit and working with numbers and words to unlock the puzzle's secrets. This would be a great one for an ongoing activity that builds logic and higher order reasoning skills.

tag(s): logic (244), puzzles (204)

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Word Magnet Puzzles

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6 to 12
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This one's mostly for fun, but the on-screen version of the popular magnetic word game lets students manipulate words on the screen to make phrases, sentences, or poetry. Can't find...more
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This one's mostly for fun, but the on-screen version of the popular magnetic word game lets students manipulate words on the screen to make phrases, sentences, or poetry. Can't find the word you want? Just create a new tile for it.

tag(s): poetry (221), vocabulary (317)

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Try this as a brainstormer in your poetry class, or as a vocabulary builder.

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FIRST Competition - FIRST

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4 to 12
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Created by inventor Dean Kamen, this competition encourages students in different age groups to team up and tackle challenges in robotics, physics, and engineering. The site offers...more
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Created by inventor Dean Kamen, this competition encourages students in different age groups to team up and tackle challenges in robotics, physics, and engineering. The site offers detailed instructions as well as information on previous competitions - including some examples.

tag(s): robotics (27)

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If you have students who are serious competitors, this would be a great challenge.

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ChessKids

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4 to 12
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This site promotes chess, school chess clubs, and chess competitions. It offers free templates and other materials which can simplify running a chess club. There are instructional sections...more
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This site promotes chess, school chess clubs, and chess competitions. It offers free templates and other materials which can simplify running a chess club. There are instructional sections as well, but the focus is on getting students involved with the game.

tag(s): chess (2)

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Virtual Math Manipulatives - National Science Foundation

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3 to 12
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This is a collection of really elegant "virtual manipulatives" created with funding from the National Science Foundation. These manipulatives are Java applets, so they may take a minute...more
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This is a collection of really elegant "virtual manipulatives" created with funding from the National Science Foundation. These manipulatives are Java applets, so they may take a minute to load on a dial-up connection. They provide students with a challenging online way to reinforce math concepts in many content areas.

tag(s): logic (244), manipulatives (25), puzzles (204)

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Use this site to supplement almost any math lesson, grades pre-k through high school. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and find the appropriate lesson aid for your classroom. This site can be used to introduce a variety of lesson plans, so be sure to explore the site previous to use.

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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 (82), puzzles (204)

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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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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 (204)

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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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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 (204)

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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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5 to 12
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Although rather dated, this site boasts a collection of visually impressive math and logic brain-busters to challenge your class puzzle masters. The forums do not appear to be active,...more
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Although rather dated, this site boasts a collection of visually impressive math and logic brain-busters to challenge your class puzzle masters. The forums do not appear to be active, but the puzzles are still worth exploring.

tag(s): puzzles (204)

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Include this site on your teacher web page for students to access outside of class for additional mind-stretching 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.

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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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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 (204)

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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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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 (82)

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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.
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tag(s): graphic organizers (39), polls and surveys (55), professional development (160), social networking (109)

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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 (82), logic (244)

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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 (48), functions (69), measurement (178), patterns (86)

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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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