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Cardboard Cognition - San Diego State University Department of Education

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K to 6
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This site offers directions and resources for 132 educational card and board games. Games are listed in alphabetical order with a direct link to the description of the games. Most ...more
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This site offers directions and resources for 132 educational card and board games. Games are listed in alphabetical order with a direct link to the description of the games. Most games have a name that gives a clue to the content; however, it may be worthwhile to search other games that may be modified for different uses. Each game includes information on appropriate use of the game, rationale, directions, modifications, and information on designing game cards.

tag(s): capitals (24), logic (235), number sense (97), nutrition (154), puzzles (208)

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Create games to use for classroom centers, homework, or practice with classroom skills. Older students can be given directions and create their own card games. Use the card games on the site as inspiration for creating card games appropriate for your classroom.

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What Does One Trillion Dollars Look Like? - PageTutor

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4 to 8
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This site offers a visual perspective of what one trillion dollars looks like. It begins with a $100 bill, moves on to $10,000 and on up to the trillion dollars. ...more
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This site offers a visual perspective of what one trillion dollars looks like. It begins with a $100 bill, moves on to $10,000 and on up to the trillion dollars. One interesting portion of the site is a link at the bottom of the page that includes the step by step calculations and dimensions used for calculations. There is also a link (at the bottom) to "see" the U.S. National Debt.
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tag(s): financial literacy (80), money (193), number sense (97)

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This site is perfect for demonstrating place value and exponents of 10 on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Ask students to draw each amount as they would visualize it before revealing the actual size from the site. Challenge students to change the representation used ($100 bill) to something different (popsicle sticks, bricks, etc.) to find how proportion changes.

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WorksheetWorks - WorksheetWorks.com

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K to 12
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The goal of this site is to provide the finest quality paper-based teaching materials to teachers and parents around the world. Myriads of options are available to create worksheets...more
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The goal of this site is to provide the finest quality paper-based teaching materials to teachers and parents around the world. Myriads of options are available to create worksheets in Math, English, Geography, Puzzles, and Miscellaneous. Just choose a subject, then a topic, and choose from options offered to create your own worksheet that can be printed in pdf form. This allows the worksheet to be shown clearly on interactive whiteboards eliminating the need to print each creation. Although it was created for teachers, a more useful purpose may be for students to create their own worksheets to share with other students or for self-practice.

tag(s): printables (38), puzzles (208), worksheets (59)

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Use this site to differentiate for students of all levels by allowing students to create their own worksheet for practice or review. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center - students can then create their own individualized practice.

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Can You Balance? - TEAMS Educational Resources

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1 to 4
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This site provides a balance scale with 2 towers of blocks on one side, and one tower on the other. Choose from the towers to add to the one tower ...more
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This site provides a balance scale with 2 towers of blocks on one side, and one tower on the other. Choose from the towers to add to the one tower to make the scale balance. This site provides wonderful practice with equations and pre-algebra skills. If the correct amount is given, the two equalities are displayed. If the answer is incorrect, there will be a "sorry" response along with information that too much or too little was added before trying again. This site helps students clearly visualize the relationship between the two different sides of equality problems.

tag(s): equations (155)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on equalities on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Recreate the problems given in the website using classroom balance scales.

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Addition Surprise - Harcourt School

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Practice addition with this interactive activity! Drag the answer to a single digit addition problem to the appropriate spot on the number square and click continue. If the answer is...more
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Practice addition with this interactive activity! Drag the answer to a single digit addition problem to the appropriate spot on the number square and click continue. If the answer is correct, a portion of the hidden picture is revealed. Keep answering problems correctly to reveal the entire picture.

tag(s): addition (251), puzzles (208)

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Create a link on classroom computers to use as a center. Share the link with parents via your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home.
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How Many Under the Shell - Illuminations

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Practice simple addition and subtraction with "Okta" and this easy to use interactive. After Okta hides some bubbles under a shell, he then either adds more bubbles or takes some ...more
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Practice simple addition and subtraction with "Okta" and this easy to use interactive. After Okta hides some bubbles under a shell, he then either adds more bubbles or takes some away. You have to determine how many bubbles are left under the shell. The activity setup allows for the choice of addition, subtraction, or both as well as the number of bubbles to include.

tag(s): addition (251), subtraction (208)

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Create a link on classroom computers to use as a center for addition or subtraction practice. Display the site on your interactive whiteboard while students perform the problems at their seat using manipulatives. Provide this link on your class website for students to access in and out of the classroom to practice basic addition and subtraction.
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Shape Tool - Illuminations

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This tool allows you to create any shape imaginable, then explore the possibilities! You are provided with triangles, hexagons, squares, and other shapes. Shapes can be enlarged, colored,...more
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This tool allows you to create any shape imaginable, then explore the possibilities! You are provided with triangles, hexagons, squares, and other shapes. Shapes can be enlarged, colored, shrunk, rotated, reflected, sliced, and glued together. Links are included to other NCTM resources that can be used with this tool. This site includes complete instructions for each of the tools.

tag(s): geometric shapes (163), rotation (13)

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This site is perfect for use on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to create and manipulate shapes according to the vocabulary included with the instructions. This activity would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops.
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10 Frame - Illuminations

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This easy to use applet helps students develop the very important concept of 10 within the context of a 10's frame. Activities include identifying the number of objects, building the...more
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This easy to use applet helps students develop the very important concept of 10 within the context of a 10's frame. Activities include identifying the number of objects, building the given number of objects, filling the 10's frame with missing objects, and adding items. To the right of the applet are several different lessons that can also be used to build the concept of 10.

tag(s): counting (120), number sense (97), numbers (204)

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Flash the 10's frame on your interactive whiteboard quickly, then have students identify the number of objects in the frame. Use paper 10's frames and counters for students to complete activities as a class. Create a link on classroom computers to be used as a center activity. Create a link on your class website or blog for students to practice at home.
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Tumbletown Tales - Utah Education Network

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This site offers four highly interactive challenges designed to allow students practice with math skills. Flower Frenzy practices patterning skills at three different levels - gardener,...more
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This site offers four highly interactive challenges designed to allow students practice with math skills. Flower Frenzy practices patterning skills at three different levels - gardener, green thumb, and pro planter. Tumbletown Bound challenges players to create a path from point A to B around different obstacles on the grid. Practice packing various shapes into rectangular boxes in Triangle Alley. Seed Ball introduces students to grids and plotting points on the grid. The site includes an excellent Parent and Teacher section with explanations of each game, grade level curriculum connections, and extension activities. There are several printables available as well.

tag(s): coordinates (32), latitude (13), longitude (13), maps (288), measurement (159), patterns (85), problem solving (272)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Use the extended activities ideas to supplement the interactives on the site. Share this link with families on your class website. Don't miss the teacher section for ideas to try with your class.
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Make A Match - Lyndsey McCollam

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How many tries will it take to match all the pairs in this Concentration-style game? No directions are needed for even the smallest players, just click on 2 squares to ...more
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How many tries will it take to match all the pairs in this Concentration-style game? No directions are needed for even the smallest players, just click on 2 squares to find a match. If there isn't a match, remember what is behind each of the squares to try again.

tag(s): matching (24), puzzles (208)

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Demonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector then allow students to explore the site on their own. The site provides great practice with memory and computer skills for primary students.

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Clock - Amblin Primary School

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This site provides a great analog clock which can be used on interactive whiteboards for any activities involved with teaching time. Hands on the clock can be moved forward or ...more
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This site provides a great analog clock which can be used on interactive whiteboards for any activities involved with teaching time. Hands on the clock can be moved forward or backward in increments of 1, 5, or 15 minutes as well as 1 hour.

tag(s): time (144)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector during a unit on telling time. Provide this link on your class website for students to access (to practice) at home.
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Brainormous - Brainormous

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Although this site is predominately a purchase site, there are a few free practice activities available for multiplication. This site is a good resource for the classroom. Students...more
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Although this site is predominately a purchase site, there are a few free practice activities available for multiplication. This site is a good resource for the classroom. Students will need to be informed to use only the links with the green button indicating a "free" activity. At the time of this review, there were seven free interactives!
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tag(s): logic (235), multiplication (227), time (144)

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Share these activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Create a link to free activities on classroom or computer lab computers to use when reviewing multiplication facts. Create a link to the free activities on your classroom blog or website so that students can practice at home.
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Moneyville - Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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4 to 8
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Moneyville is a touring exhibit sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This website that correlates to the exhibit contains interactives to help students learn about...more
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Moneyville is a touring exhibit sponsored by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. This website that correlates to the exhibit contains interactives to help students learn about money. Learn what it takes to live on your own through the activity, Get Real. Its all about choices to find out if you can be successful. Become a neighborhood tycoon with Lemonade Stand and see how much profit can be made, the game has different levels as you test your financial decisions. Be sure to visit the resource section which contains a Teachers Guide, family activities, and links to other financial resources for kids.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), money (193)

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Take advantage of the free teacher's guide to plan classroom lessons. Use this site as a learning station or center when studying money and finances. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Create a link to this site on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home.
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SMART Board Goodies - Amber Coggin

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K to 12
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This bright and cheerful blog offers original interactive whiteboard resources created by a certified SMARTboard trainer. The site is updated often, get notices of updates by email...more
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This bright and cheerful blog offers original interactive whiteboard resources created by a certified SMARTboard trainer. The site is updated often, get notices of updates by email or by following on Twitter or Facebook. To find archived files, search the site using the search box at the top of the page, search archived files by month, or find links to notebook files on the right-hand side of the home page. Especially helpful are the author's notes when posting new files as she offers tips on how to use it in the classroom. An example is the singing horses file (check it out, very funny!) that she uses to help students get used to using an interactive whiteboard while learning cause and effect. Be sure to check out the Facebook page template which includes a template for student use. Since this teacher uses SMART brand IWB, you may need to use SMART Notebook Express reviewed hereto open some files on another brand of whiteboard.

tag(s): iwb (31), literacy (103), numbers (204), resources (112)

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Shop the site for interactive whiteboard resources to download for classroom use. Use the singing horses to teach cause and effect. Use the Facebook page template for students to create biographies of famous people, of themselves for back to school, or of teachers in your building for Back to School nights! There is much to explore at this "gem" of a site!

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Basket Math Interactive - Science Academy Software

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This ativity provides positive reinforcement of correct math answers with a basketball player taking a shot at the basket. Click Start or any of the questions in the Table of ...more
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This ativity provides positive reinforcement of correct math answers with a basketball player taking a shot at the basket. Click Start or any of the questions in the Table of Contents left of your window to see a mathematics question and animation. If you answer the question correctly, the result will be a basketball shot animation; incorrect responses yield the correct answer. Questions include various strands and levels of mathematics such as rounding numbers, perimeter, word problems, common factors, and much more. At the completion of each round, the score appears with the number of correct responses and percentage correct. You must either click the back button (if you want to remain within the same topic) or click on a new topic to move on to the next question. The game is available in Spanish.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), decimals (133), exponents (42), factors (42), fluency (23), map skills (80), number sense (97), operations (126), perimeter (32), problem solving (272), rounding (22)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Create a class graph of scores, and challenge students to increase their percentage of correct problems. Share as a Favorite on your TeachersFirst public page or on your class website or blog for students to access the site outside of class.
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Table Trees - Amblesideprimary.com

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K to 5
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Practice multiplication skills with this interactive resource. Choose a table to practice and fill in the missing number. Click check to see how you did! ...more
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Practice multiplication skills with this interactive resource. Choose a table to practice and fill in the missing number. Click check to see how you did!

tag(s): multiplication (227), numbers (204)

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Use to practice specific multiplication tables. Have students practice lower number tables before moving on to the next number. Use not only for drill and practice but also for speed. This is a great tool for differentiating levels for students who vary on their multiplication skills.
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Snag Learnng - Snagfilms LLC

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3 to 12
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Use SnagLearning to present high-quality documentaries to promote meaningful discussions in your classroom. Find great videos about many issues of today such as nuclear tipping point,...more
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Use SnagLearning to present high-quality documentaries to promote meaningful discussions in your classroom. Find great videos about many issues of today such as nuclear tipping point, the history of various forms of music, effects of desert winds, and more. Choose your subject matter from the tab along the top. Choose a grade level band as well to find videos appropriate for different age groups. Warning: as topics frequently change, be sure to preview before you share.
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tag(s): movies (64), twitter (50), video (253)

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Use videos in your subject area to inform students about the topic being studied. Share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Consider using backchannel while viewing the documentary to allow students to express their feelings and thoughts. Try using the site "Get your students talking about what you want them to talk about" (reviewed here). Follow viewing with blog posts that include student reactions and topics related to what has been discussed in class.
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What Browser - Google

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The tagline, says it all: "World, meet your browser." Use this site to identify the browser you are using, learn specific features and how it works, and identify useful tweaks. ...more
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The tagline, says it all: "World, meet your browser." Use this site to identify the browser you are using, learn specific features and how it works, and identify useful tweaks. Click on "Try a new browser" to view other browser options to identify the differences, understand the uses of browsers, and learn what exactly a web browser is.

tag(s): browser (6), search engines (65)

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Students can use different browsers when starting class, visit this site, and learn specifics of their browsers. Consider a group of students each looking at a different browser and reporting back to the group about their specific browser. Alternatively, use a jigsaw approach by having student number off in their groups. Have each number 1 meet and work on a specific browser (and the same with the other members.) Students in the group work together to understand the browser and then report bac to their group about their specific browser.
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Epic Decide - EpicDecide.com

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Use this free and easy to use tool to make decisions quickly. Provide a question and options to choose from. View data and a make a decision based upon the ...more
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Use this free and easy to use tool to make decisions quickly. Provide a question and options to choose from. View data and a make a decision based upon the majority. Test the tool by trying the Instant Demo. Enter the answer to the following: "What would you like to vote on" and "The best options are the most"... Include as many options as are necessary. Click create the vote. Send the URL to others to read the options and make a choice. Click Settings to choose to update the acceptance of nominations. Click Results to see choices people have made. Be sure to keep the results page bookmarked in your Favorites to view the results. Results are not saved within an account.

tag(s): polls and surveys (48), quizzes (97)

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Use this tool to make choices on activities in class, what students feel about certain aspects of history or current events, or any other question where you want to offer options and collect votes. Use in clubs and organizations in school. Poll a class at the start (on iTouches) to see how they would have handled a difficult issue in history or as part of homework, have them predict what will happen in the next chapter of the novel the class is reading. Have students use the decision maker in a role play activity such as deciding whether or not your state should secede from the Union in 1861.

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A Google a Day - Google

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4 to 12
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Here you will find a new question each day for your students to practice their web search skills. Some are as simple as "How many cubits tall is the ...more
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Here you will find a new question each day for your students to practice their web search skills. Some are as simple as "How many cubits tall is the structure that houses the ZIP code 10118?" and others are more complicated, such as "If you were a ferry passenger traveling from Continental Europe to the country with twice as many sheep as people, in what town would you most likely dock?" What a discussion starter for key words to use in THAT search! There is also an archive of questions you can get to by clicking on the colored numbers below the question of the day.

tag(s): logic (235), problem solving (272), search strategies (30)

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Use this after presenting some of the lessons from "Google Web Search for Educators" reviewed here. Once you've been through several of those lessons, why not use "A Google a Day" for a beginning of the class warm up or an end of the class exit activity. Once you've done this for a while, you might want to switch things up and have students write their own questions (related to curriculum, of course) to challenge their classmates.

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