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Kids Psych Games - Magination Press

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This site offers interactive kids' games at two levels, ages 1 - 5 and ages 6 - 9. Since psychologists designed these games, they are no ordinary activities. Each activity ...more
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This site offers interactive kids' games at two levels, ages 1 - 5 and ages 6 - 9. Since psychologists designed these games, they are no ordinary activities. Each activity comes with an explanation for parents or teachers about what developmental steps the game is supporting as well as links to further information. The games are simple but unique, and the graphics are enticing. Children who play these games learn beginning computer skills as well as the developmental goals behind the games. Requires the Flash plug in.

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Math Contest - Ole' Miss

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Find a problem of the week for elementary, middle and high school (algebra) as well as archived past problems on this simple site. You can submit your correct answer and ...more
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Find a problem of the week for elementary, middle and high school (algebra) as well as archived past problems on this simple site. You can submit your correct answer and get your name listed as a winner for that week. New problems appear on Mondays.

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Include this link on your teacher web page or start class with it each week on a projector, giving extra credit to those whose names appear on the web page by the weekend!

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What's Wrong With These Pictures? - NIEHS Kids

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K to 1
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This interactive, online difference game uses shapes, colors, and animal images for a "one of these things is not like the others" game. ...more
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This interactive, online difference game uses shapes, colors, and animal images for a "one of these things is not like the others" game.

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INclude this as a link for children to try at home or use it on an interactive whiteboard with your children. It would also make a good center activity.

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Girls Go Tech - Girl Scouts of the United States of America

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The Girls Scouts of America have created this unique and educational website. There are four themes provided (Cryptic Codes, Mandala Maker, Mixed Messages and Composing Digital Music)....more
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The Girls Scouts of America have created this unique and educational website. There are four themes provided (Cryptic Codes, Mandala Maker, Mixed Messages and Composing Digital Music). Each topic provides information, unique facts and has a creative game or interactive activity. FLASH is required for some of the activities.

tag(s): brain (72), functions (70), gifted (96)

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The themes provided at this website could easily be incorporated into science (codes and hypothesis testing as part of scientific method, the brain as part of human body systems), music or general mind stretching activities. Use an interactive whiteboard to introduce your students to left brain versus right brain, cryptic coding or even creating digital music. This site is sure to excite your students!
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Laura Ingalls Wilder - Laura Ingalls Wilder Memorial Society

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This informative site offers the students information, educational activities and games. For younger students there are age-appropriate photos, text, coloring pages and simple interactive...more
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This informative site offers the students information, educational activities and games. For younger students there are age-appropriate photos, text, coloring pages and simple interactive learning activities. For older children, there are photos, research, a quiz and interactive checkers. Some pages of this site require FLASH.

tag(s): authors (120)

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Try an interactive whiteboard and introduce your students to the lovely Laura Ingalls Wilder. There are activities here for all elementary-aged students.
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Materials 2 - Crick Web

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This unique (and challenging) website has four activities. The first challenge is to sort toys into groups. Students get to choose the criteria used to sort the items. ...more
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This unique (and challenging) website has four activities. The first challenge is to sort toys into groups. Students get to choose the criteria used to sort the items. When finished sorting, students need to explain why they grouped the toys the method chosen and then they can print. The second activity is to name materials. This page is tricky because many of the pictures are close-ups, and hard to distinguish. Once finished on this page, students may click "check" or "print". The third activity is a sorting activity to separate natural materials and man-made materials. The fourth activity is called; "Changing Materials" and student must determine which material is changing, how it is changed and why it is changed. Students click their mouse onto the text to answer the questions. Once finished, students may click "print" to share their work. This site requires FLASH.

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The second activity (labeling materials) would work best using an interactive whiteboard. The other activities could easily be adapted for group or independent work. See if your students notice U.S. vs UK spelling: labeling - labelling. The simple sorting activity at the start is a great thinking skill activity for primary students or for children with voacbulary deficits. They would love doing the drag-and-drop on as a center or on a whiteboard.
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The Near Doubles Machine - Crick Web

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3 to 8
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The goal of this activity is to reach a "target number" from a starting number. Students are given a number and then have the options of doubling the number, ...more
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The goal of this activity is to reach a "target number" from a starting number. Students are given a number and then have the options of doubling the number, dividing the number by 2, adding 3 or subtracting 5. Develop number sense and multiplication/division skills. This is a more difficult version of the game "Crazy Counter". Flash is required.

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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This is an excellent mind-stretching activity for group or independent challenges. Use it as a warm-up on an interactive whiteboard or projector before any math lesson or as reinforcement during a unit on multiplication or division. This is a definite link for your teacher web page. You will develop number addicts!
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Guess The Number - Crick Web

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This unique logic game has 3 levels (number up to 100, up to 500 and up 1000). Students are asked to guess a number. They are told if ...more
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This unique logic game has 3 levels (number up to 100, up to 500 and up 1000). Students are asked to guess a number. They are told if they are too high or too low. Students must use their logic to figure out the mysterious number. Flash is required.

tag(s): inequalities (29), logic (235)

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This activity is an excellent logic activity and a wonderful way to practice "greater than" and "less than." Have students play it on an interactive whiteboard and write down what they know as they make each attempt: "My number is
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Leapfrog

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This logic game asks students to move six frogs (3-blue and 3-green). This is a lot more difficult than it may appear. The rules include: each color frog ...more
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This logic game asks students to move six frogs (3-blue and 3-green). This is a lot more difficult than it may appear. The rules include: each color frog may only move in one direction and frogs may move one space or jump over one frog. The students are asked to investigate the game by answering a few specific questions. Younger children will need teacher direction. This game requires Flash.

tag(s): gifted (96), logic (235)

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There is no explanation or solution provided, so you may want to visit this site for a few minutes before including your class to familiarize yourself with the activity. This is a good activity to develop multi-step planning and envisioning strategies. Use it as an interactve whiteboard warm-up to get your class thinking and forming hypotheses.
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Brookfield Zoo: In Search of The Ways of Knowing Trail - Brookfield Zoo

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3 to 8
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This animated site is amazing! The entire site is a journey throughout the African forest. Along the way, students have four African children offering advice. Their parents ...more
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This animated site is amazing! The entire site is a journey throughout the African forest. Along the way, students have four African children offering advice. Their parents include a researcher, forest ranger, farmer and more! The African characters' expertise helps the student to choose which way to go next. The site includes a forest fact book, information about African animals and forests. A special asset of this unique site is that it incorporates problem-solving skills. Hints are given, but the student has to choose which option would be best. The site requires FLASH! Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): africa (180), animals (276), environment (317), problem solving (272)

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Your students will need a good 15-30 minutes to complete this activity either as a class or individually. Don't forget to use an interactive whiteboard if you are doing this as a class activity. Students will want to visit again at home, so include the link on your teacher web page, as well.
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Analytical Problems And Puzzles - folj.com

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3 to 12
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This very simple site, created by an anonymous puzzle-lover, is a treasury for logic problems and lateral thinking puzzles to use in your classroom or beyond. Click on the puzzle ...more
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This very simple site, created by an anonymous puzzle-lover, is a treasury for logic problems and lateral thinking puzzles to use in your classroom or beyond. Click on the puzzle type you want. Use them as brain warm-ups in a math or science class before venturing into problem-solving or inquiry process or simply to engage the brains before starting any activity. There are different levels of logic and different types of lateral thinking puzzles, each with a hint before revealing the complete answer. These puzzles would also be useful for gifted enrichment.

tag(s): gifted (96), logic (235), puzzles (208)

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If you don't have time to spend on these in class as often as you would like, print out a single lateral thinking or logic problem each week for your bulletin board and let the students argue about it all week. Or include this link on your teacher website for the students to access outside of class. This site is a life-saver for your study hall the day before a vacation!

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Inventor of the Week - MIT Lemelson Center

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6 to 12
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The Lemelson Center at MIT offers a weekly profile of an inventor - some famous, many less so. If you're doing a unit on scientists, creativity, or economic/industrial growth, this...more
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The Lemelson Center at MIT offers a weekly profile of an inventor - some famous, many less so. If you're doing a unit on scientists, creativity, or economic/industrial growth, this site can help students understand how many advances are the result of small, incremental improvements rather than revolutionary breakthroughs.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (101), scientists (68)

In the Classroom

Use the inventor of the week section as an activator at the beginning of every week in a science or Physics classroom. This could be used as an activator over the interactive whiteboard or as a learning center or station. This could be used every week or before inventive projects, serving as a motivator!

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World Geography Quizzes - Sheppard Software

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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 (24), continents (50), countries (77), maps (288)

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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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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 (18)

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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 (208)

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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 (208), sudoku (18)

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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 (168), vocabulary (324)

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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 (208)

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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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