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### Measurement Tools - Angles - SmartTutor

4 to 6

Dudley Dog is looking for his buried items and it is up to you to find them. Using a protractor, you will find the correct angle of the item based ...more
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Dudley Dog is looking for his buried items and it is up to you to find them. Using a protractor, you will find the correct angle of the item based upon location from his doghouse to help return the items. A narrated demonstration begins the activity to explain how to use the protractor and locate the angle. If the incorrect angle is given, the player can try again. If the correct angle is given, Dudley digs up his buried treasure. You can also click on a link to review the definitions for protractor and vertex. Learning objectives and covered vocabulary is presented before the start of the game.

tag(s): angles (87), measurement (175)

#### In the Classroom

Demonstrate the use of a protractor on your interactive whiteboard or projector with this activity. Challenge students to guess the angle before measuring with the protractor. Assess understanding of acute and obtuse angles through students' estimates of angles.

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### Shape Trails - SmartTutor

1 to 4

The goal of this game is to move the provided shape to the chest along a trail in as few moves as possible. Once the chest is reached, rotate the ...more
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The goal of this game is to move the provided shape to the chest along a trail in as few moves as possible. Once the chest is reached, rotate the shape correctly to open the chest to receive the prize inside. You choose the path to follow, and difficulty is increased as each level is reached. In addition to moving the shape along the path correctly, you will have to know the degree of the angle the shape will have to turn to go inside the chest. The activity begins with a narrative and demonstration showing how to play. Several geometric definitions are available by clicking the book link within the game.

tag(s): logic (248)

#### In the Classroom

Practice vocabulary of geometry terms by allowing students to play the game, as they reach each level, challenge them to define terms such as rotation, reflection and translation. Set up the activity at a computer center to practice logic and problem solving skills. Challenge students to create their own map with a path for other students to play.

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### Jigsaw Sudoku - Rachel Lee

1 to 6

Sodoku is a popular game for all ages, this interactive site allows the you to play online. Choose from different ability levels from easy to hard and pick the tiles ...more
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Sodoku is a popular game for all ages, this interactive site allows the you to play online. Choose from different ability levels from easy to hard and pick the tiles to use from numbers, symbols, or letters. Other options include a timer, sound, and placement of tiles. The bright, interactive format is easy to use and will keep all users engaged.

tag(s): logic (248), problem solving (294), puzzles (203)

#### In the Classroom

Display on your interactive whiteboard or projector to use as a center for logic and problem solving. Keep a class chart and challenge students to increase their speed and increase level of difficulty.

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### Match Words - James Hollis

K to 3

This audio matching game offers a classic Concentration-style game with the bonus of audio for each of the cards. The audio feature allows the teacher to include visually challenged...more
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This audio matching game offers a classic Concentration-style game with the bonus of audio for each of the cards. The audio feature allows the teacher to include visually challenged students in this activity. Each game is timed and number of matches is indicated on the score board. The game can also be paused or start over with the new game option. Upon completion, you will advance to a higher level.

tag(s): matching (24)

#### In the Classroom

Share this activity on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this website as a learning center on your classroom computers. Provide this link on your class website for students to use both in and out of the classroom.

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### Miamiopia - KidsKnowIt Network

1 to 6

Miamiopia (currently in beta stage so not all features are fully operational) allows you to create a character called a Miamopian. Then the fun begins! "Miamiopia is where balloons...more
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Miamiopia (currently in beta stage so not all features are fully operational) allows you to create a character called a Miamopian. Then the fun begins! "Miamiopia is where balloons go when they escape from the hands of humans." The balloons seek to improve themselves by learning about the world around them. Learning activities are located in each building found on the map and include music, history, dinosaurs and more. You then can customize the Miamiopian by earning coins as you play games, the coins can be used to purchase hair, clothing, and other accessories.

tag(s): dinosaurs (55), logic (248), problem solving (294), puzzles (203), spelling (168)

#### In the Classroom

Check school policies about setting up student accounts and passwords and be sure to keep a record of student passwords! No email is required. Set up at the computer center and keep a chart for each student's progress and points collected. Demonstrate on the interactive whiteboard or projector, record terms used during the games (ex: history - iron age, stone age, and bronze age) to research. This would be an ideal link to provide on your class website for students to access at home.

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### MathSlice

1 to 12

The mission of MathSlice is to provide interactives and worksheets for elementary aged children; however this site contains much more. Basic math worksheets are available in many different...more
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The mission of MathSlice is to provide interactives and worksheets for elementary aged children; however this site contains much more. Basic math worksheets are available in many different areas of math concepts beginning with addition going up through scientific notation and percentages. In addition, there are links to ipad games that teach math skills. Many other interactives are available on the site including math millionaire, scrabble, connect 4 and dozens more. In addition to Math, there are activities for Geography, science, music, early literacy, and Spanish.

tag(s): light (51), logic (248), puzzles (203), sight words (36), sound (105), worksheets (63)

#### In the Classroom

Display games on the interactive whiteboard or projector for students during indoor recess times. Allow students to try the interactives during computer time to reinforce current concepts taught. This is a great link to post on your class website for students (and parents) to try at home.

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### Brain Den

4 to 12
Brain Den offers a variety of brainteasers to test logic skills. Brainteasers, games, and puzzles range from geometry to algebra to paradoxes to optical illusions. Although most of...more
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Brain Den offers a variety of brainteasers to test logic skills. Brainteasers, games, and puzzles range from geometry to algebra to paradoxes to optical illusions. Although most of this site isn't highly interactive, it does offer a wide variety of brainteasers for nearly all ages. This is a great site for gifted students. *Advise students to ignore the advertisements.

tag(s): brain (68), logic (248), optical illusions (13), puzzles (203)

#### In the Classroom

Enrich gifted students' learning by having them explore the puzzles and teasers on this site. Try having students solve the geometry puzzles or algebra puzzles and then ask them to present their solution to classmates using a multimedia presentation. Challenge students to create a video and share using a site such as SchoolTube, reviewed here. Students could also try to create their own puzzles. Share the puzzles on an online, interactive poster using Lucidpress, reviewed here.

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### fastr - a flickr game - random chaos

3 to 12
Guess what a group of photos have in common with this simple game that draws from flickr images. The game shows a group of images, and you must guess what ...more
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Guess what a group of photos have in common with this simple game that draws from flickr images. The game shows a group of images, and you must guess what "tag" the images have in common.

tag(s): flexibility (5), images (278), vocabulary (321)

#### In the Classroom

Share a fastr game on your projector or interactive whiteboard to get the mental juices flowing at the start of class. Build word choice vocabulary for speech/language students or ESL/ELL students as they guess what word the photos have in common. Extend the experience by having students create their own groups of images (perhaps even taking their own with a digital camera) to support a curriculum concept, such as "omnivore" or "well." Use this tool in combination with a Flickr search tool such as FlickrCC reviewed here to help students understand tagging and see how an unusual combination of images can share the same tag.

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### Wordslide

2 to 7
How many words can you make from a given set of letters? Wordslide lets your find out. This easy to use interactive provides you with a list of letters and ...more
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How many words can you make from a given set of letters? Wordslide lets your find out. This easy to use interactive provides you with a list of letters and a tower of blank squares for each of the word combinations. As you find a word it is added to the tower until finding all combinations. You can play alone as a visitor or there is an option to register to play against other users. Registration allows you to also keep your own scores and possibly be listed in the hall of fame. Registration only requires a username and password. No email address is necessary. Warning - registration also allows access to a chat forum about the game that isn't always monitored.

tag(s): phonics (70), spelling (168)

#### In the Classroom

This is a great 5-minute activity when you don't have time to start a new lesson. Have a student "emcee" use it on your interactive whiteboard or projector to challenge the class to find all of the word combinations. Discuss the words created to demonstrate spelling and phonics patterns found.

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### Squigly's Playhouse - Barb Willner

K to 5

Squigly's Playhouse provides elementary aged children with interactive games, crafts, coloring pages, and much more. One of the most valuable and educational aspects of the website...more
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Squigly's Playhouse provides elementary aged children with interactive games, crafts, coloring pages, and much more. One of the most valuable and educational aspects of the website is the Writing Corner. Prompts, writing projects, and story frameworks will entice reluctant writers. In addition, students can submit their writing to be posted in the Writing Corner. Check out the Seasons and Holidays sections for fun supplementary activities. This site was created in the UK, so American English speakers may notice some differences in spelling. This site does include some unobtrusive advertisements.

tag(s): crafts (39), holidays (142), seasons (36), writing (365)

#### In the Classroom

Have students check out the book reviews in the Writing Corner. Discuss which reviews are helpful and then have students write quality reviews to post onto the website. Complete one of the story frameworks with students. Using an interactive whiteboard or projector, have students add more detail or experiment with sentence structure and vocabulary. Students can then follow this process individually to develop revision skills.

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### Shape Sudoku - PrimaryGames

1 to 6
Shape Sudoku will engage even the youngest of Sudoku players by using shapes rather than the traditional numbers. This option is helpful for students who may not be completely comfortable...more
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Shape Sudoku will engage even the youngest of Sudoku players by using shapes rather than the traditional numbers. This option is helpful for students who may not be completely comfortable with number recognition but enjoy playing games of logic. Shape Sudoku is a great training tool for beginners entering the world of Sudoku. Students must be familiar with basic shapes such as circle, square, rectangle, triangle, diamond, oval, octagon, and pentagon. Baffled players can be given hints as needed. Be aware: this site does include some advertisements. Shrink your window to cut off the right side and avoid the distraction!

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

#### In the Classroom

Model this activity on your interactive whiteboard or projector several times so students become comfortable with the concept and rules. Place students in pairs during center time, math class or computer lab to accomplish this activity together for problem solving and teamwork. Use this as an end-of-the-week, whole group incentive. Be sure to list this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom. Challenge older students to create their own shape Sudoku challenges.

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### Luminosity - Brain Games - Lumos Labs Inc.

4 to 12

Brain Games is a site that allows you to train your brain in fun and easy ways. In as little as 10 minutes a day you can train your brain ...more
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Brain Games is a site that allows you to train your brain in fun and easy ways. In as little as 10 minutes a day you can train your brain to improve memory and attention. What a great life skill tool to share with students! Some examples of activities include attention games to help with focus, memory games to help with recall, problem solving games to help with logical reasoning, flexibility games to help with verbal fluency, and numerous others.

tag(s): brain (68), psychology (66)

#### In the Classroom

What a great way to give kids a brain break while still keeping them focused. This site can be used on an interactive whiteboard or projector with the whole class. Psychology classes may want to investigate the games and how/why they might affect memory and brain function. The website is also a great tool to use as a center or to provide a student reward. Some of the games do not require a sign in but others do. Teachers could create a class login that students could use to access the additional games.

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### Featured Topic: 100 Ways to Represent the Number 100 - mathwire.com

K to 5

Looking for a new way to celebrate the 100th day of school in your class? Check out this site for some fresh ideas. You will find math and language arts ...more
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Looking for a new way to celebrate the 100th day of school in your class? Check out this site for some fresh ideas. You will find math and language arts activities, interactives, printables, and much more. Topics range from money to literature to place value. There are countless ways to count up to 100 at this site.

tag(s): counting (113), literature (272), money (185), numbers (197), place value (54)

#### In the Classroom

Share the interactives on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Try some of the suggested activities and video the projects. Share the vidoes using a site such as Teachers.TV reviewed here.

There are so many great ideas for 100th day on this site! I'm looking forward to teaching the "Bundle Song" to my students! Lauren, TN, Grades: 0 - 1

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### iPlay Math Games - IPMG Publishing

K to 12
This website has a comprehensive collection of printable math games for all grade levels. Some require common items such as dice and playing cards. Activities are organized by grade...more
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This website has a comprehensive collection of printable math games for all grade levels. Some require common items such as dice and playing cards. Activities are organized by grade level and skills. A wide variety of math skills include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percents, algebra and long division, measurement, graphing and exponents, problem solving, geometry, probability, logic and reasoning, numeration, counting and patterns.

tag(s): logic (248), manipulatives (36), patterns (87), percent (82), probability (141)

#### In the Classroom

This site will give you a bevy of activity options for your students to try in the classroom to support their learning. Use these activities to plan a Math Night for parents, homework help, embed a link in your classroom website, or send out as an attachment with electronic class newsletters.

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### New York Times Mathematics Lesson Plans - New York Times

7 to 12

Tie math and reading into a neat little package in this convenient lesson plan page from the New York Times. With the daunting task of trying to have students see ...more
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Tie math and reading into a neat little package in this convenient lesson plan page from the New York Times. With the daunting task of trying to have students see the connection between algebra techniques and the real world, this tool is a must-have in the math teacher's arsenal. The site provides clear lesson plans that only require a quick read before implementing, along with links to different Times content.

tag(s): charts and graphs (198), statistics (127)

#### In the Classroom

Use the lessons found on this page to enhance mathematics class curriculum. Have students work on activities independently on laptops in class. If computer access is limited, print out activities and have students work in groups on calculations and guide them using the interactive whiteboard or projector. This also provides the automatic connection between real life and the math strategies and concepts. Take advantage of these timely topics. Be sure to save this site in your favorites and check back often for some fresh ideas.

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### Break It Down! - Science Net Links

4 to 8

Break It Down is a simple game showing a machine working as a system, including elements of simple machines. It is a fairly easy game to master. Read the instructions ...more
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Break It Down is a simple game showing a machine working as a system, including elements of simple machines. It is a fairly easy game to master. Read the instructions provided. You may want to turn down the volume if multiple computers are using this game at once or just to save your sanity.

tag(s): machines (27), simple machines (35)

#### In the Classroom

Introduce this challenge on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Students could use this activity as practice or enrichment during science computer labs or when assigned work is complete. Challenge individual students (or pairs) to see who can complete the activity (successfully) in the shortest amount of time. Ask student groups to write an explanation of the physics of how the system works once they successfully complete it.

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### Sliding Block Puzzle Page - Nick Baxter

1 to 12
Challenge basic counting skills and problem solving using classic sliding puzzles. Not only will you find numerical sliding puzzles, but also colorful shape puzzles. Java applets make...more
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Challenge basic counting skills and problem solving using classic sliding puzzles. Not only will you find numerical sliding puzzles, but also colorful shape puzzles. Java applets make an interactive version of each puzzle appear below the "goal" you are trying to reach. There is also a targeted number of moves to reach the goal. There are many different types of puzzles, some more familiar than others. Be sure to be patient as puzzles load. Sometimes the interactive (drag to slide) portion does not appear right away.

tag(s): logic (248), puzzles (203)

#### In the Classroom

Share these puzzles on your interactive whiteboard (or projector) as a mind-bending challenge. Help students develop problem-solving skills such as thinking several steps ahead by offering the link on your class web page. Higher level and gifted math students can try to determine a formula for calculating the number of moves it may take to solve a puzzle. Give awards to students who accomplish the "goal" in the stated number of moves, then ask them to explain their strategy or think aloud as they repeat it on an interactive whiteboard. Offer a puzzle club for your mathematical/logical thinkers or simply develop visual thinking skills by sharing these challenges.

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### Armored Penguin - Armored Penguin

K to 12
Create puzzles and other word games using this resource. Puzzle types include Word Search, Crossword, Word Scramble, Bagels (Interactive Logic Game,) and Math worksheets among others....more
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Create puzzles and other word games using this resource. Puzzle types include Word Search, Crossword, Word Scramble, Bagels (Interactive Logic Game,) and Math worksheets among others. There are also quotes, illusions, and more. Creating a log in is not required. Puzzles created remain for two months and can be saved as a pdf file on your computer. Many puzzles are already permanently archived and can be found by looking through the categories. Don't miss many holiday and calendar-event puzzles! Search puzzles of the day to find new and interesting puzzles to use. Printable puzzle versions from this site require Adobe Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): holidays (142), logic (248), puzzles (203), vocabulary (321)

#### In the Classroom

Need a puzzle to reinforce the words in a particular unit? You may find one already created. If not, it is simple to create and save to your computer or share by URL (remember the online version is saved for two months). Use the "Quotes" page for great quotes of the day, the "Illusions" page for optical illusions, or the "Fresh Words" page to see what words can be made from a word, phrase, or collection of letters. Have cooperative learning groups create their own puzzle pages for a topic that they are researching or learning about in class and use them to challenge their classmates or another section of the course. Have students create puzzles as a cost-free, printable gift for families on special occasions such as Mother's Day.

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### Math Apprentice - mathapprentice.com

4 to 12

"When will we ever use this math stuff?" Answer this question using Math Apprentice. Choose a character and then begin the journey. Walk (or skateboard) to different work sites, buildings,...more
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"When will we ever use this math stuff?" Answer this question using Math Apprentice. Choose a character and then begin the journey. Walk (or skateboard) to different work sites, buildings, or businesses. Learn how math is used every day in these work places: architecture, bike and toy makers, cafes, and more! Listen to a brief introduction of the concept. Solve problems or free play to identify math concepts in real life. No account or login is required.

tag(s): business (58), careers (139), equations (151), measurement (175), ratios (63), STEM (174)

#### In the Classroom

This site is a terrific example of STEM integrated learning. This is a great site to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have cooperative learning groups explore different careers or buildings and share how math is used at their locations. Why not have groups create a video using a tool such as Teachers.TV (reviewed here) or a podcast using PodOmatic (reviewed here), to share their mathematical discoveries! At the end of an introduction of a concept, use this site for specific math practice using a real life concept. For example, visit the bike shop to use math to determine pedal gear to wheel gear ratios and resultant bike speeds. Use as an individual activity, a team activity, or with the entire class using an interactive whiteboard. Follow up with a personal problem to solve. In this example, students can measure the two gears on their bikes (or their teachers bike brought into the classroom) to use the information for further understanding.

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### Visual Complexity - Manuel Lima

6 to 12
View interesting graphics of data that students will find fascinating. Search visuals in subjects such as Art, Biology, Food Webs, Music, and more. Each visualization has a project...more
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View interesting graphics of data that students will find fascinating. Search visuals in subjects such as Art, Biology, Food Webs, Music, and more. Each visualization has a project description, link, and other information. Caution students that ads appear on pages and these should be avoided.

tag(s): data (161), infographics (51), maps (298), visualizations (13)

#### In the Classroom

Share the graphics on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use data visualizations to ask questions about interactions among the parts shown. For example, use any of the food chain visualizations to look at the interactions in the chains and identify roles of organisms. Ask students to use the whiteboard tools to explain how the visual "shows" the underlying information. Be prepared for less visual students to struggle while more visual students thrive using such a tool. Share the interesting map graphics in geography class. Use this at the beginning of a discussion and identify the organisms in the chain to uncover the relationships. Use the graphics for creative writing projects (displaying the graphic on a whiteboard while students react in writing). Ask your gifted students to choose a graphic they particularly enjoy as an inspiration to create one of their own.