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Find A Friend - Houghton Mifflin

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Practice mental addition with this matching game. Find two connecting squares that add up to the provided number. If they match, two squares are taken away to reveal a portion ...more
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Practice mental addition with this matching game. Find two connecting squares that add up to the provided number. If they match, two squares are taken away to reveal a portion of the puzzle. If no matches can be found, pieces can be scrambled to provide new opportunities for finding the number. Once all puzzle pieces are revealed, the hidden animal is visible and you move on to the next of six levels.

tag(s): addition (223), number sense (96), numbers (194)

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Create a link on classroom computers or computer lab computers for students to practice addition skills. Share a link on your classroom website or TeachersFirst public page for students to play at home. Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to demonstrate how to use the site. Then use the whiteboard as a math center for addition practice.

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VoiceThread - VoiceThread

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K to 12
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Voicethread allows you to upload images (from your digital camera, scanner, or even paint program). You can also upoad PowerPoint slides. Then students can record or write their own...more
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Voicethread allows you to upload images (from your digital camera, scanner, or even paint program). You can also upoad PowerPoint slides. Then students can record or write their own comments and/or narration about the images/slides. Other listeners can "comment" back, as well. Access to the ed.voicethread site (as opposed to www.voicethread) is restricted to grades K-12 students, educators, and administrators. VoiceThread explains how to set up a classroom account and has some ideas for classroom use, as well. Ideas from the TeachersFirst Edge review team are listed below, under "In the classroom."

Voicethread also offers a free iOS app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. It is free through the iTunes app store. Projects work seamlessly on both computer and mobile iOS devices, so projects started on one machine can be edited and/or viewed on another. Your ed.Voicethread account works in both places.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (174), digital storytelling (153), speech (92)

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You will be logged into your account immediately after you fill in the registration form. You must "apply" to designate your account as an educator account once it is set up. Click on "browse" to see many examples, including tutorials. Watch the "One Minute Voicethread" to get a very quick overview of how easy it is to create a digital story. Set up student identities. Use first names only. You need to know how to locate and upload saved pictures or PowerPoint files. If you want to use audio, the COOL tool, you WILL need a microphone, either plugged into your computer or built in. Once you create a Voicethread, it can be shared by clicking "share" from the menu or at the end of viewing it and copying the URL to send via email or other means, inviting others to comment back. Ed voicethreads have comment moderation turned on by default and are private by default. As the teacher, you can change these settings.

Invite parents to share in the results (The VoiceThread classroom page tells you more about this). TeachersFirst does not recommend using actual, identifiable pictures of children. Let them draw a picture or take a digital picture of an object that somehow represents them (middle schoolers will love that idea!). If you allow others to "comment" on student Voicethreads, the experience can be both wonderful and a bit intimidating. Use this opportunity to promote ethical and kind interaction with other students and their projects.

Of course, you should be sure that you have the RIGHTS to any images you upload. Fair Use does not apply when you put an image on the web! Elementary classes can create or take pictures, then ask each child to talk about the images. Each child can comment on the SAME pictures, creating a collaborative collection of responses. After a field trip or special class event, you can assign groups of students to explain each of the digital pictures you took and how they relate to curriculum topics. In art class, students can critique works of their own or of fellow students. In language arts classes, students can scan and comment on writing pieces as part of a reflective phase of the writing process. Or post an image as a prewriting activity and allow students to respond orally in an idea-generating phase. In social studies, have students provide a picture of a grandparent then narrate what they learned about that grandparent from interviewing him/her. Have students create narrated pictures as gifts (for parents or other care givers) for special occasions, winter holidays, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc.. During a science experiment or demo, have a student take pictures of the steps. Then ask students to "narrate" them by commenting on what is happening. The narration assignment could even be a center activity or an assignment on a few classroom computers for students to rotate through. What a great way to review and apply key vocabulary! Be sure they identify their voices if you are using a single class account and want to be able to assess understanding. Other ideas: narrated local history projects (pictures of local sites), audio "museum tours" of artifacts (photos) or war veterans telling their stories along with images of their uniforms or old photos. Speech/language, ESL/ELL or early childhood teachers could use this tool to promote vocabulary development and oral expression.

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Add it Up - GameScene

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2 to 5
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Add It Up is a time driven game. Choose a combination of numbered tiles by clicking on them to add up to the target number, which is located in the ...more
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Add It Up is a time driven game. Choose a combination of numbered tiles by clicking on them to add up to the target number, which is located in the upper right corner of the screen. Each numbered tile has a point value, which you earn when you choose that tile to add up to the target number. The more tiles you choose to get to the target, the more points you earn for that turn. There is a timer located in the bottom right of the screen. Earn time bonus points for choosing your combinations quickly.
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tag(s): addition (223), fluency (24), number sense (96), numbers (194)

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Have a team competition as students use the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector and try to compile the highest score. Create a link on classroom computers to use as a center when trying to improve fluency with addition of single digit numbers. Copy and paste the code on the site to embed the activity on your classroom blog or website, then have students compete to see who can achieve the highest score
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E-Lab Grade 5 - Harcourt School

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4 to 6
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Harcourt School's website offers many different activities for practicing math skills taught in their 5th grade program; however, the activities are free and available to everyone....more
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Harcourt School's website offers many different activities for practicing math skills taught in their 5th grade program; however, the activities are free and available to everyone. Activities are divided by math strands - number sense, algebra and functions, measurement and geometry, and statistics, data analysis and probability. Most activities have a printable recording sheet that can be used by students. Students can input their own figures which makes the activities less repetitive and more interesting.

tag(s): data (150), fractions (225), measurement (164), multiples (34), number sense (96), prime numbers (33), probability (130), statistics (124)

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Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Use this site to differentiate for students of all levels. Have students complete the recording sheet with an activity to use as an assessment or accountability piece. Include a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to practice at home.
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Be a Mathematician - Nelson Thomes

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K to 6
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This site has a very nice section with free downloads containing math activities such as puzzles, open-ended investigations and resources to practice math skills. Activities are searchable...more
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This site has a very nice section with free downloads containing math activities such as puzzles, open-ended investigations and resources to practice math skills. Activities are searchable by age level and math strand. However, the site is produced by a British education publishing company and is geared toward promoting their products. This review is for the free resources offered.
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tag(s): counting (110), multiples (34), number sense (96), numbers (194), puzzles (202)

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Download and print activities for students to use in a math notebook for free time fillers. Use activities as a math center. Choose activities that correspond to current lessons and assign for homework or math problem of the week.
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Visual Fractions - Richard Rand

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3 to 9
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This site is a tutorial that models fractions with number lines or circles through several different options. Applets are divided into categories such as identify fractions, rename...more
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This site is a tutorial that models fractions with number lines or circles through several different options. Applets are divided into categories such as identify fractions, rename fractions, compare fractions, investigate fractions, and much more. Each category contains different options for exploration with flash applets to practice that skill. The "investigate" option offers step-by-step explanations of the different categories and would be very useful to offer students when reviewing skills such as comparing fractions and using order of operations. Some of the slide shows are also available in PDF form along with practice worksheets. Another component of the site allows you to input your own fractions to practice your own examples.

tag(s): decimals (124), fractions (225), percent (80), test prep (96)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have the students open the site and use the whiteboard tools to explore and practice different aspects of fractions. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of fractions. Create a link to this site on classroom computers, and your classroom website or blog for students to explore.
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Halloween/Fall Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary....more
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Halloween or Fall Festivals in this collection from TeachersFirst. Most are appropriate for younger grades with a few ideas for secondary.

tag(s): halloween (37)

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Use these resources to connect Halloween or Fall Festival to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Cinco de Mayo Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Cinco de Mayo in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): hispanic (17), holidays (151), mexico (35)

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Use these resources to connect Cinco de Mayo to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Columbus Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Columbus Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): holidays (151)

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Use these resources to connect Columbus Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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Valentine's Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find resources and activities appropriate for Valentine's Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): valentines day (15)

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Use these resources to connect Valentine's Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons.

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St. Patrick's Day Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Find resources and activities appropriate for St. Patrick's' Day in this collection from TeachersFirst.

tag(s): st patricks day (12)

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Use these resources to connect St. Patrick's Day to your curriculum in almost any subject or select one or two ideas to highlight along with your regular lessons. Give new meaning to "going green"!

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Financial Education in the Math Classroom - The Math Forum @ Drexel University

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4 to 12
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This site offers in-depth information on finance topics including credit & debt and financial planning & money management. Each of these topics highlights tools and information available...more
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This site offers in-depth information on finance topics including credit & debt and financial planning & money management. Each of these topics highlights tools and information available to teach financial literacy. One example is the Debt Payoff Calculator which is a tool to help explore options for paying off debt and how changing factors will affect payoff rates, interest, and other options for paying off debt. Similar tools are available for analyzing monthly payments, paying off credit card debt, and more. You will need to create a free account to access the Financial Education Problems of the Week, but other resources are available without signing in. Be sure to check out Dr. Math Financial FAQ's on the right side of the page for more resources pertaining to loans, interest, and debt.

tag(s): calculators (42), coins (6), currency (19), financial literacy (81), investing (8), stock market (13)

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Use tools available on the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector to explore how different factors influence finances. Have students predict outcomes before inputting information into the tools on the site. Use the tools when creating a mini-economy in the classroom.
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Online Mathematics Dictionary - MathPro Press

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4 to 12
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This site offers a simple, basic math dictionary that may be helpful as a quick classroom resource. It contains definitions for virtually all math terms in a quick sentence. All ...more
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This site offers a simple, basic math dictionary that may be helpful as a quick classroom resource. It contains definitions for virtually all math terms in a quick sentence. All definitions are on one page and words can be found either by clicking the alphabetical links at the top of the page or by scrolling down through the site.
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tag(s): dictionaries (57), vocabulary (323)

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Create a link on classroom computers for easy access to mathematics terms. Print a copy of the site for students to include with math notebooks or journals. Use definitions from the site to create flash cards for learning mathematical definitions.

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Counter Square - Ambleside Primary

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K to 5
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This online 100 chart is more than just a static chart. You can click and drag counters onto the chart to display patterns, multiples, odd and even numbers, and much ...more
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This online 100 chart is more than just a static chart. You can click and drag counters onto the chart to display patterns, multiples, odd and even numbers, and much more. Six different counters are available to use in demonstrating math concepts.

tag(s): multiplication (210), number sense (96)

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Have students add up sums of counters placed onto the 100 chart. Use this site to teach younger students HOW to count to 100 and the value/idea of 100. Demonstrate multiples of factors when teaching multiplication facts. Use on the interactive whiteboard or projector when teaching number sense to highlight odd and even numbers. Highlight prime numbers when learning prime and composite. Make this an interactive whiteboard center for students to practice or challenge each other with multiples questions. Visual and tactile learners can get "in touch" with numbers!
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ArtsEdge - Kennedy Center

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K to 12
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This site, created by the Kennedy Center offers a wealth of interactive lesson plans for grades K-12 dealing with a variety of topics, all with an "arts" spin. Search by ...more
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This site, created by the Kennedy Center offers a wealth of interactive lesson plans for grades K-12 dealing with a variety of topics, all with an "arts" spin. Search by subject, keyword, or grade level (K-4, 5-8, or 9-12). Some examples of topics include Native Americans, Civil War, Shakespeare, myths, melodrama, adjectives, baseball, and countless others! There are many interactive lessons: some with video, audio, or slideshows. The lessons provide an estimate of time required and complete, step-by-step instructions. There are printables included with some of the lessons.
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tag(s): african american (112), baseball (37), civil war (143), comics and cartoons (65), dance (28), folktales (58), greece (27), habitats (86), immigration (59), literature (272), mexico (35), musical instruments (48), myths and legends (26), native americans (78), painting (65), surrealism (2)

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Search this site for a topic that you are teaching in your class. Share the lesson on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Better yet, make the video or slideshow a learning station for students to do themselves in small groups.
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Enhanced Calorie Counter - Calories Count

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4 to 12
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The Enhanced Calorie Calculator allows you to count calories by searching a food type by keyword. The calorie calculator (and fat gram calculator) provide the fat grams and calories...more
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The Enhanced Calorie Calculator allows you to count calories by searching a food type by keyword. The calorie calculator (and fat gram calculator) provide the fat grams and calories associated with the keyword. To use the site, enter a food item and see what options are shown. Some fast food calorie counts are included, for example, enter the keyword hamburger and counts are provided for lean and regular beef hamburgers, hamburger rolls, and McDonald's hamburgers. Individual items can be added to a list to provide a total calorie count for an entire meal. If your first search does not work, try shortening to fewer keywords.

tag(s): calories (9)

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This site is perfect for use during health and nutrition units. Ask students to create a daily food log then use the site to find daily fat and calorie totals. Have students estimate calorie and fat counts of common food items then search for them on the site to compare perception versus reality. Use this site for students to search for low calorie alternatives to common food items in their diets. Have students create simple online nutrition posters using PicLits (reviewed here).

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MapStats for Kids - FEDSTATS

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3 to 6
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Stixie and Globie help kids learn about maps and statistics with fun interactives on this site. Each character defines basic terms and concepts about maps and statistics, then provides...more
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Stixie and Globie help kids learn about maps and statistics with fun interactives on this site. Each character defines basic terms and concepts about maps and statistics, then provides a short review quiz. Activities included are Paint the Map (mean and median), Farmland (working with data sets), The Network Challenge (plotting a path on a map), Market Manager (creating equal data sets), and Data to Graphics (working with bar charts, tables, and maps). The link to Resources for Parents and Teachers provides an external link to standards for Geography and Math found in the site.

tag(s): charts and graphs (192), data (150), maps (291), mean (25), median (22)

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Introduce the site on your interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to explore on their own. Allow students to try Paint the Map when working with mean and median or when learning locations of states. This is a fabulous site to correlate math with social studies! Have students work with a partner to try one of the activities. Then have the groups create multimedia presentations to share their activities with the class. Have students create a simple online posters using PicLits (reviewed here).
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Alphabet Origami - Fumiaki Shingu

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K to 2
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Create the letters of the alphabet with folded paper. The animated video directions are easy to follow along and successfully create origami. The trip to the local craft store for ...more
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Create the letters of the alphabet with folded paper. The animated video directions are easy to follow along and successfully create origami. The trip to the local craft store for origami paper is not necessary because Origami Club also provides free printable, decorative paper.

tag(s): alphabet (87)

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Create an collaborative ABC chart for the classroom with origami. This is a wonderful beginning of the year activity for the class. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Take advantage of this moment to discuss strategies to follow directions. Ask students to discuss what style of directions work best for them. Photograph or scan the origami letters with the children and create an online poster using PicLits (reviewed here) or create an online book using a site such as Mixbook (reviewed here). Be sure to post or embed a link to your electronic ABC book on your class webpage for parents to enjoy.
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KenKen Puzzles - New York Times

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3 to 12
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KenKen is a puzzle game similar to Soduku with the added twist that numbers in dark-outlined areas must combine to produce the target number indicated. Read the fully illustrated tutorial...more
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KenKen is a puzzle game similar to Soduku with the added twist that numbers in dark-outlined areas must combine to produce the target number indicated. Read the fully illustrated tutorial for more information. Each day the New York Times provides 6 new puzzles in 3 different skill levels. This is a great activity for practicing math operations and also developing problem solving and critical thinking skills.
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tag(s): logic (234), problem solving (286), puzzles (202)

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Create a link to the site for students to use at computer centers or the computer lab. Print out puzzles and allow students to work with a partner to solve during center time. Challenge students to complete puzzles at different skills levels. Share a puzzle on the interactive whiteboard as students are entering the classroom and complete the puzzle together.
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Dr. Mike's Math Games - Michael Hartley

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K to 7
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If you are looking for fun math interactives and printable, this is the place for you! Hundreds of activities are available and are sorted in several different formats. Search by ...more
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If you are looking for fun math interactives and printable, this is the place for you! Hundreds of activities are available and are sorted in several different formats. Search by grade level, board games, worksheets, printable games, and more. Some grade levels also offer customizable worksheets. If you aren't sure what you are looking for, try the Cool Math Games link to view the most highly rated games or the Popular Math Games link to find the most visited games. Visitors can sign up to receive an email when new games are available and subscribe to Dr. Mike's blog and newsletter. There are some ads on the site that you will want to have students avoid.
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Create a link on your classroom computer to appropriate activities for your students. Use the printable games for classroom math centers, such as BINGO for #1-10 (kindergarten.) Share a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to access at home.
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