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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 (235), puzzles (208), sudoku (18)

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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 (235), riddles (15)

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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 (208)

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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 (208), riddles (15)

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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 (46), logic (235), numbers (204)

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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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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 (208)

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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 (127), electricity (89), moon (72), sound (100), sounds (68)

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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 (275), sports (96)

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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 (239)

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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 (24), vocabulary (324), word choice (26)

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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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Brainteasers - Houghton Mifflin

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3 to 8
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Tune in weekly to this site for new brainteasers designed to challenge students in grades three through eight. Check back a week later to see if you've solved them correctly. ...more
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Tune in weekly to this site for new brainteasers designed to challenge students in grades three through eight. Check back a week later to see if you've solved them correctly. Hints are provided for each question. Use this site as a motivator for your math students - reward extra points for those who choose to exercise their problem-solving skills.

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SAT Preparation Center - The College Board

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7 to 12
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For students approaching that ever-important College Board test, this site is an invaluable resource. Features include a "question of the day," a series of practice questions that address...more
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For students approaching that ever-important College Board test, this site is an invaluable resource. Features include a "question of the day," a series of practice questions that address math, critical reading, and writing skills, a review of the dreaded essay question, and a full-length practice test that can be downloaded and printed after completing free registration.

tag(s): college (43), test prep (96)

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Coin Problem - Utah State University

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9 to 12
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This virtual manipulative challenges students to use deductive reasoning to find which of the eight coins is counterfeit. A virtual balance scale is provided, and students must complete...more
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This virtual manipulative challenges students to use deductive reasoning to find which of the eight coins is counterfeit. A virtual balance scale is provided, and students must complete the mission with a minimum number of weighings. Increase the number of coins for an added challenge.

tag(s): logic (235)

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Illusions - The Exploratory

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4 to 12
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These ten interactive optical illusions demonstrate how the eye can be easily deceived and give students a chance to question and analyze what they're actually seeing. Plug this into...more
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These ten interactive optical illusions demonstrate how the eye can be easily deceived and give students a chance to question and analyze what they're actually seeing. Plug this into a science or psychology lesson and let the discussions begin.

tag(s): eyes (6), optical illusions (11)

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Art Detective - Tate Museum

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5 to 8
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There's a mysterious piece of art in the gallery? Can you discover its secrets? Send your students on a virtual mission to work through the mystery while interacting with a ...more
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There's a mysterious piece of art in the gallery? Can you discover its secrets? Send your students on a virtual mission to work through the mystery while interacting with a variety of activities, multiple-choice quizzes and images. Discovering one piece of information leads to understanding another facet of the mystery. Responses are automatically recorded in the "Detective's Notebook," so students can keep track of their progress.

tag(s): art history (69)

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Thinking Machine 4 - Martin Wattenberg

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8 to 12
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Experience an unforgettable game of chess with this interactive site that pits visitors against an artificial intelligence program. After moving your chess piece, watch your opponent's...more
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Experience an unforgettable game of chess with this interactive site that pits visitors against an artificial intelligence program. After moving your chess piece, watch your opponent's thought processes evolve as a visible network on the board. This is an awesome activity for students that truly enjoy a challenge.

tag(s): chess (3), logic (235)

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Computer Generated Mazes - Discovery

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1 to 5
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Design custom-made mazes for your students with this easy-to-use resource. Choose the desired shape, grid size, and complexity, and then let the site create the maze for you. Mazes...more
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Design custom-made mazes for your students with this easy-to-use resource. Choose the desired shape, grid size, and complexity, and then let the site create the maze for you. Mazes can be printed out or even displayed on your class Web site, provided credit is given to Discovery School.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Hangman

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4 to 12
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Whether your students are learning how to spell the fifty states, reviewing chemistry terms, or trying out their foreign language skills, this collection of thematic hang-man games...more
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Whether your students are learning how to spell the fifty states, reviewing chemistry terms, or trying out their foreign language skills, this collection of thematic hang-man games can provide a fun way to practice! Select a topic (most are curriculum-related, a few are just for fun) and try the interactive games, or print out the blank hang-man worksheets and create your own.

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