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World Geography Quizzes - Sheppard Software

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3 to 12
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With such poor results as a nation on geography testing, we all should try these geography games to build student knowledge of U.S. and world geography. Students can click on ...more
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With such poor results as a nation on geography testing, we all should try these geography games to build student knowledge of U.S. and world geography. Students can click on the region of the world and practice at different levels of difficulty. Even adults can find a challenge. Offered in a "dial up version" for those accessing the sites from a slower connection. Note: the non-dial-up pages require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): capitals (25), continents (49), countries (79), maps (295)

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Be sure to put a link for these online games and quizzes on your teacher web page for the summer and throughout the school year. Students can use them to practice for your geography quizzes or as extra challenges. The different levels of dificulty will allow you to differentiate your instruction easily.

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Jigsawdoku

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2 to 6
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If you're just learning to play or need something more kid-friendly than traditional Sudoku, try this online version. Click on the "Options" tab to adjust the game by difficulty level...more
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If you're just learning to play or need something more kid-friendly than traditional Sudoku, try this online version. Click on the "Options" tab to adjust the game by difficulty level and grid size.

tag(s): sudoku (17)

In the Classroom

Before turning students loose to try it on their own, project this game in your classroom, and work through a basic-level Sudoku game as a class to illustrate the purpose and strategies.
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Matchstick Puzzles - zefrank.com

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5 to 12
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These six puzzles, involving virtual matchsticks, require some clever out-of-the-box thinking. Follow the directions to create a specific number of equal rectangles by moving a limited...more
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These six puzzles, involving virtual matchsticks, require some clever out-of-the-box thinking. Follow the directions to create a specific number of equal rectangles by moving a limited number of matches. It's tougher than it looks. No hints given!

tag(s): puzzles (202)

In the Classroom

This is a great find for gifted students. Share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, and allow students to work on the puzzles in teams. Have the teams compete to see who can solve the puzzles the fastest, or complete the most. This site is tricky, but is an excellent enrichment activity for a unit on logic or geometry.

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Random Sudoku

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7 to 12
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Any Sudoku fans in your classroom? Send them to this site that provides problem-solving techniques, helpful for successfully conquering some of the most fiendish puzzles. Learn about...more
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Any Sudoku fans in your classroom? Send them to this site that provides problem-solving techniques, helpful for successfully conquering some of the most fiendish puzzles. Learn about crosshatching, slicing and dicing, and "penciling in." Discover the five rules that stress finding numbers for squares, rather than finding squares for umbers. This truly is a site for the Sudoku aficionados among us.

tag(s): puzzles (202), sudoku (17)

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Scrabble

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5 to 12
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The challenge and creativity of the original board game comes alive in this virtual version. Review the available tools that can undo, redo, withdraw, sort, and even save an ...more
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The challenge and creativity of the original board game comes alive in this virtual version. Review the available tools that can undo, redo, withdraw, sort, and even save an uncompleted game. Although this "solitaire" Scrabble game misses the group interaction of the traditional version, it provides a great opportunity for creative, independent thought related to spelling and vocabulary.

tag(s): spelling (167), vocabulary (323)

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This "just for fun" activity can be utilized as a meaningful reward for completing class work early. Channel students to this site for some vocabulary building during down-time.

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Alice Mazes

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4 to 8
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This series of eight interactive mazes brings some unique challenges to the usual navigation process. Users must keep an eye on directional arrows and their numeric values, as they...more
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This series of eight interactive mazes brings some unique challenges to the usual navigation process. Users must keep an eye on directional arrows and their numeric values, as they move toward their goal. Mazes can be "restarted" in the likely event that a user may become hopelessly stuck. Solutions are neither simple nor quick, so recommend these to your most tenacious students who love a challenge. Great extension activity for gifted and high ability students.

tag(s): puzzles (202)

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Kids Soup - Ear Twiggles Productions

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K to 3
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Find easy-to-make winter crafts and games - perfect for early elementary students. Includes printable patterns and step-by-step instructions. ...more
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Find easy-to-make winter crafts and games - perfect for early elementary students. Includes printable patterns and step-by-step instructions.

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You might want to pass this on to parents anxious for at-home "snow day" activities. SHare it with parent volunteers who will be helping plan class parties, as well.

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Mankala - Roger E. Critchlow, Jr.

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7 to 12
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Most students are familiar with the traditional Mankala game that uses a rectangular wooden board and stones, but this online version adds a few interesting options and variations....more
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Most students are familiar with the traditional Mankala game that uses a rectangular wooden board and stones, but this online version adds a few interesting options and variations. Read the instructions carefully! Students can play against the computer or with a partner.

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Add this mind-stretching game of strategy to a unit on African history and culture. A nice activity to add to a celebration of Black History Month.

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Sudoku Mini - TeachersAndFamilies

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3 to 7
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This mini version of the highly popular Sudoku game is just right for honing elementary students' math and logic skills. Find the right numbers to fill all the squares. There's ...more
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This mini version of the highly popular Sudoku game is just right for honing elementary students' math and logic skills. Find the right numbers to fill all the squares. There's a new game each week. An expanded Sudoku game is available in the TeachersAndFamilies member area. Requires the FLASH plug-in.

tag(s): logic (234), puzzles (202), sudoku (17)

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Use this one as a self-stufy resource to build math and logic skills.
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Brain Food - Rinkworks

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5 to 8
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Word games, logic problems, and riddles can provide invaluable problem-solving practice for your students, regardless of your subject area. This site offers links to hundreds of challenging...more
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Word games, logic problems, and riddles can provide invaluable problem-solving practice for your students, regardless of your subject area. This site offers links to hundreds of challenging activities that will provide a work-out for the mind.

tag(s): logic (234), riddles (16)

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Use these activities as enrichment options in your classroom.

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Sudoko for Kids

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2 to 6
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Develop your students' logic skills with this collection of downloadable Sudoku puzzles - organized by difficulty level. The goal of a Sudoku puzzle is to fill in digits, so that ...more
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Develop your students' logic skills with this collection of downloadable Sudoku puzzles - organized by difficulty level. The goal of a Sudoku puzzle is to fill in digits, so that each number appears only once in each column, row, and mini-grid. Download the free Sudoku for Kids book that provides kid-friendly instructions - useful for adult beginners as well!

tag(s): puzzles (202)

In the Classroom

Have a team competition as students use the site on an interactive whiteboard and try to solve the sudoku puzzle's the quickest. Sudoku would be a fun break and practice of logic for any math or science class. Teachers can also share the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector at the beginning of class, and challenge students to work on the puzzles individually. The activity will get their brains in motion and ready for the rest of class!
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The Ultimate Puzzle Site

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4 to 12
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This collection of puzzles, riddles, brainteasers, and interactive tests challenges students to think outside of the box and improve their analytical skills while having fun. Puzzles...more
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This collection of puzzles, riddles, brainteasers, and interactive tests challenges students to think outside of the box and improve their analytical skills while having fun. Puzzles are graded by level of difficulty and the amount of math needed to arrive at a solution.

tag(s): puzzles (202), riddles (16)

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Consecutive Numbers Problem - PBS

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6 to 8
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Here's a math activity that will test students' skills at logic as well as number operations. Students must arrive at a series of consecutive numbers that add up to a ...more
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Here's a math activity that will test students' skills at logic as well as number operations. Students must arrive at a series of consecutive numbers that add up to a target total. It's a tricky challenge, and the site includes comments from several students on the strategies they used to solve the problem. Try this one for students who need a little extra challenge now and then.

tag(s): estimation (48), logic (234), numbers (195)

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Activities: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - TeachersFirst

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4 to 8
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TeachersFirst offers a chapter-by-chapter set of activities for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix . Designed to be used after each chapter, the activities include science...more
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TeachersFirst offers a chapter-by-chapter set of activities for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix . Designed to be used after each chapter, the activities include science searches, writing, and art projects suitable for individual or group use. The ideas and activities ask you to respond, extend, discuss, create, and more. There is simply no better way to try new "After Reading" strategies. Don't miss this great collection as a way to encourage anyone to get the most from reading and re-reading a new favorite. Find links to activities for two other Harry Potter books on the Intro page.

tag(s): harry potter (12)

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Share the link on your teacher web page or in a parent newsletter, if you don't have time to do all the activities at school. Challenge students to design similar activities to accompany other Harry Potter (or other favorite) books.

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Activities: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - TeachersFirst

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4 to 8
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TeachersFirst offers a set of chapter-by-chapter response activities for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Use art, writing, and web research to answer questions or think...more
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TeachersFirst offers a set of chapter-by-chapter response activities for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Use art, writing, and web research to answer questions or think about the issues in a particular chapter. Ideal for individual use, and many of these could serve as the basis for a group discussion on topics like loyalty and leadership. The ideas and activities ask you to respond, extend, discuss, create, and more. There is simply no better way to try new "After Reading strategies. Don't miss this great collection as a way to encourage anyone to get the most from reading and re-reading a new favorite. Find links to two other sets of Harry Potter book activities on the Intro page.

tag(s): harry potter (12)

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Share the link on your teacher web page or in a parent newsletter, if you don't have time to do all the activities at school. Ask students to design similar activities to accompany other Harry Potter (or other favorite) books.

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Very good way of planning. kel, GA, Grades: 3 - 5

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Jig Zone - jigzone.com

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1 to 12
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Make this virtual jigsaw puzzle site available for those inevitable moments of "downtime" in the classroom. Choose a topic from the gallery (preferably one that relates to your curriculum),...more
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Make this virtual jigsaw puzzle site available for those inevitable moments of "downtime" in the classroom. Choose a topic from the gallery (preferably one that relates to your curriculum), select a level of difficulty (number of pieces), and start the challege. These puzzles are not only a lot of fun, but good exercises for developing spatial skills. The pop-ups are annoying but can be blocked by Windows XP. Allow time for the site to load. Check the Frequently Asked Questions link (at the bottom of the page)for troubleshooting if you are having difficulty making the puzzles work.

tag(s): puzzles (202)

In the Classroom

Combine a brain-warming activity with a bit of review, and create your own jig-saws for students to solve! First, access the section entitled "Turn your photos into puzzles," and select an image pertinent to a specific unit and upload it to the site. Once the jigsaw puzzle has been created, have students open the puzzle on individual computers and compete to see who can get the best time putting the image back together! The best images to use would be diagrams, or model images of a particular object. This site works amazingly well for science classes were students need to be familiar with specific images. An example would be have anatomy students re-construct skeletal images, etc. A clever way to get their minds thinking!

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Engaging Science - Engaging Science

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4 to 6
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These six entertaining, interactive games can enrich your science curriculum while reinforcing basic life, physical, and earth-space science content. Choices include Wild Wetlands...more
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These six entertaining, interactive games can enrich your science curriculum while reinforcing basic life, physical, and earth-space science content. Choices include Wild Wetlands and What a Mouthful (conservation), Make a Note (sound), Current Affairs (conductivity of objects), It's Just a Phase (the moon), and This is Your Life (geological processes). Headphones recommended.

tag(s): conservation (130), electricity (89), moon (72), sound (103), sounds (70)

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Brainslider - Hoadworks, Inc.

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8 to 12
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Students must grab a partner, choose a category, and test their knowledge with these interactive games that touch upon trivia related to historical dates, literature and writers, sports,...more
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Students must grab a partner, choose a category, and test their knowledge with these interactive games that touch upon trivia related to historical dates, literature and writers, sports, and more.

tag(s): literature (273), sports (97)

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Use this site over the interactive whiteboard or projector as a competitive game for teams. Have student groups select team representatives to compete in any one of the topics. This would be a great way to review at the end of the year, or as a fun activity during the downtime between Standards of Learning assessments and the last day of school.
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Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Half - Educational Broadcasting Corporation

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2 to 4
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This is more than just an interactive game about fractions - it's a true brainteaser. Students must apply logic and spatial reasoning to find the 13 ways an 8-piece square ...more
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This is more than just an interactive game about fractions - it's a true brainteaser. Students must apply logic and spatial reasoning to find the 13 ways an 8-piece square can be divided in half.

tag(s): fractions (225)

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Word Morph - WordPlays.com

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6 to 12
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This challenging, interactive word game is more than a "just-for-fun" activity. Students must use strategy and vocabulary skills to make changes to a starting word - one letter at a...more
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This challenging, interactive word game is more than a "just-for-fun" activity. Students must use strategy and vocabulary skills to make changes to a starting word - one letter at a time - and form a new word. Each word morph can be solved in 10 moves or less, but must be completed within 5 minutes. A purposeful and competitive "filler" to add to a language arts class.

tag(s): thesaurus (23), vocabulary (323), word choice (27)

In the Classroom

Use this site as a learning station for students who may finish work early, and need something productive to do to avoid bothering other students. To make it competitive, keep a record board near the computer where students can log their high scores. Competing against each other may make students more interested to play for a new minutes at a time, and less likely to disturb others in testing situations.

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