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Dr. Marbles and the Cybersquad - Education Broadcasting

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This is a "just for fun" interactive problem solving activity that young students will love. Figure out how to transport the group of travelers across the river using the least ...more
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This is a "just for fun" interactive problem solving activity that young students will love. Figure out how to transport the group of travelers across the river using the least number of moves. Two levels of difficulty are provided. A thought-provoking "filler" for those unstructured moments at the beginning or end of class.

tag(s): logic (235)

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Playing With Time - Minnesota Science Museum

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Amazing sights await you in this site that takes a fascinating look at how the world around you changes. Visitors can actually control the passage of time - speed it ...more
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Amazing sights await you in this site that takes a fascinating look at how the world around you changes. Visitors can actually control the passage of time - speed it up or slow it down - and view the coming of spring, the evolution of the continents, or the incredible functions of the human eye. Follow the Activities link to find some visually challenging interactive activities. This site would be an engaging addition to a life science or art lesson. Use the activities to encourage creative problem solving, or select one of the video images to use as a creative writing prompt.

tag(s): time (144)

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Decipher a Coded Message - PBS Nova

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4 to 8
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Calling all gumshoes! Your mission is to analyze and crack a simple cipher. Don't worry. this online decoder provides instructions and hints along the way. If your students like to...more
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Calling all gumshoes! Your mission is to analyze and crack a simple cipher. Don't worry. this online decoder provides instructions and hints along the way. If your students like to solve cryptograms, they'll enjoy applying their knowledge of words, spelling, and sentence structure to this activity. Use this as a "filler," or incorporate into a literature unit on mysteries. Challenge your student to create their OWN ciphers!

tag(s): cryptography (2)

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Nrich - Cambridge University

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This collection of interactive games, and articles is designed to challenge students to use their problem solving skills. Activities are organized according to UK education system levels,...more
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This collection of interactive games, and articles is designed to challenge students to use their problem solving skills. Activities are organized according to UK education system levels, but click on Help for an easy conversion guide. Each problem includes a question, related pictures or diagrams, a form for students to submit their solution, and helpful hints and notes for parents and teachers. A weekly challenge is also offered. Complete the free registration to participate in a discussion forum, pose questions online, or post messages. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): problem solving (272)

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Cool Math for Kids

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Students can practice and review skills related to basic geometry, fractions, logic, and problem solving with these fun and interactive activities. Highlights include a virtual lemonade...more
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Students can practice and review skills related to basic geometry, fractions, logic, and problem solving with these fun and interactive activities. Highlights include a virtual lemonade stand game (manage your own business to make a profit!), a collection of thought-provoking "Brain Benders," and "ArithmATTACK" - a computer driven game that challenges kids to see how many arithmetic problems they can answer in one minute.

tag(s): fractions (239), logic (235)

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Mr. Elephant's Matching Game - LearningPlanet.com

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4 to 6
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This concentration-style matching game tests students' spatial memory. Players are presented with a set of cards, face down, and must click on them to flip them over. The object is...more
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This concentration-style matching game tests students' spatial memory. Players are presented with a set of cards, face down, and must click on them to flip them over. The object is to find identical matches, but each time a card is selected, points are deducted. Try to match several pairs in a row to earn extra points. After each round is completed, players can progress to the next level of difficulty. This makes a great interactive "filler" activity- but make sure you turn off the sound! It will drive you crazy!

tag(s): logic (235)

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Jump Frog - Barbara Feldman

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1 to 3
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This interactive game challenges young students to remove all but one jumping frog from the pond by using careful planning and logic. Points are awarded each time a frog is ...more
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This interactive game challenges young students to remove all but one jumping frog from the pond by using careful planning and logic. Points are awarded each time a frog is eliminated (checkers style), and bonus points can be earned if the final frog is left sitting in the middle of the pond.

tag(s): logic (235)

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Newspapers in Education: Spelling Bee Resources - Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal

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5 to 8
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This site is a handy reference for teachers, parents and students who are involved in hosting, coaching, or participating in spelling bee competitions. An extensive practice list, warm-up...more
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This site is a handy reference for teachers, parents and students who are involved in hosting, coaching, or participating in spelling bee competitions. An extensive practice list, warm-up words, and the "fateful 50" - a list of challenging words missed by championship contestants - are provided.

tag(s): competitions (16), spelling (168)

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Brain Explorer

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3 to 7
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If you're looking for meaningful enrichment activities in the form of challenging, yet entertaining games and puzzles, this may be just what you need. The riddles, illusions, and other...more
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If you're looking for meaningful enrichment activities in the form of challenging, yet entertaining games and puzzles, this may be just what you need. The riddles, illusions, and other mental adventures are taken from the Brain Explorer, a book written for children from age 9 to 12. Brain-bending games include Memory Solitaire, Welcome to the Third Dimension, and Jumping to Conclusions. Some are entirely "on-line interactive," while others require some effort with paper and pencil. Created by the Exploratorium.

tag(s): puzzles (208), riddles (15)

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Howtoons - Nick Dragotta, Saul Griffith, Ingrid Dragotta, Joost Bonsen

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4 to 10
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Howtoons shows you how to create projects out of ordinary household items. Anyone who likes to construct, to use tools, to draw, to do-it-yourself, and to get active should visit ...more
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Howtoons shows you how to create projects out of ordinary household items. Anyone who likes to construct, to use tools, to draw, to do-it-yourself, and to get active should visit Howtoons. This very cool program narrates in cartoon format the story of a witty, preteen brother and sister who build all sorts of projects to accent the situations they find themselves in. The many projects range in difficulty from creating a trash bag raincoat, to building a Wobbler; a robot that moves using a servo motor. Each narrative starts with a little story, has a list of supplies needed, and gives simple diagrams to follow. They also slip in information such as how the ancient Greeks used drawings to express their ideas, share their history, and record their culture. Howtoons strives to promote safety, inspire creativity, and stress good work habits. Find an interesting project in categories like Animation, Biology, Computing, Communication, Craft, Energy, Engineering, Environment, Fashion, Food, Geometry, Holiday, Math, Music, Play, and Tools. Projects are available online or in PDF format.
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tag(s): crafts (40), creativity (109), engineering (125), inventors and inventions (101), multimedia (57)

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Language arts, science, and arts and crafts teachers will find Howtoons invaluable for teaching students to read and follow directions, to use different tools, to work safely while constructing, and even to collaborate. Have small groups of students work on a project together. Once your students have completed the projects, have a mini project fair in your room to show them off. Or, you can have students take pictures of each step, upload the images onto UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Or for less adventurous students, create a PowerPoint. Then have them add the directions, and present the UtellStory or PowerPoint and the product to the class. Do you have students who are always finished early? Or reluctant readers? Make Howtoons the "go to" program for them. Have them pick a project, bring in the materials, and build it. They can even present it to the class when finished, and let the class know the pitfalls to avoid.
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Protozone Interactive

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2 to 9
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Tap into your students' creativity and strengthen visual/spatial intelligence with this collection of web-sized interactive programs that encourage drawing, playing and exploring. ...more
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Tap into your students' creativity and strengthen visual/spatial intelligence with this collection of web-sized interactive programs that encourage drawing, playing and exploring. A free Shockwave plug-in is required and can be downloaded easily from the site. Best used with a high-speed Internet connection.

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Historical Ciphers - Trinity College, Hartford

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6 to 12
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This presentation by students and faculty at Trinity College, Hartford includes discussions of some of history's more famous cipher and encryption machines, including the infamous German...more
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This presentation by students and faculty at Trinity College, Hartford includes discussions of some of history's more famous cipher and encryption machines, including the infamous German enigma machines. Along the way, there's a presentation on some of the basics of encryption. Students interested in math or computer security will find this one an interesting introduction to a hugely complex topic.

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Use this site as a quick lesson during a history or statistics class, in an attempt to teach students about how some ciphers were solved and how it affected history. Peruse a few of the ciphers as a class on the interactive whiteboard, as a challenge have students try to make or solve one on their own! Students can present their ciphers on the interactive whiteboard, and try to stump their peers!

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Anyday

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6 to 12
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This one is tough to categorize. Enter a day of the year, and this site will tell you about important events, births, and deaths that have happened on that day. ...more
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This one is tough to categorize. Enter a day of the year, and this site will tell you about important events, births, and deaths that have happened on that day. Try using this one to create a list of important events - covering a variety of subject areas - for an entire week.

tag(s): quiz (85)

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This site would make for a great creative writing project for students in a high school english class. Have students search for their birth date, and find one person on that list that they can focus their paper on. Have students research their historical person, eventually writing a analytical paper about the similarities and differences between their own life and that of their selected person. Teachers can focus more on similarities to make it more difficult and interesting - but it is a great way to get students thinking about comparing and contrasting.

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Engineering Brain Ticklers -Tau Beta Pi - Tau Beta Pi

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9 to 12
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Find yourself some serious puzzlers before heading off to solve the problems on this site maintained by an engineering honor society. While several of the problems at least appear to...more
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Find yourself some serious puzzlers before heading off to solve the problems on this site maintained by an engineering honor society. While several of the problems at least appear to be solvable by mere mortals, others are clearly targeted to the pros. We offer these for secondary teachers who may be working with students interested in advanced math, logic, and physics. The site is drawn from a print publication, and answers are posted quarterly.

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Archimedes' Laboratory Puzzles

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6 to 12
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With puzzles to make, puzzles to solve, and optical illusions to observe, this interactive site puts brains and eyes to the test. The site also has a maze maker, math ...more
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With puzzles to make, puzzles to solve, and optical illusions to observe, this interactive site puts brains and eyes to the test. The site also has a maze maker, math games, word games, and tricks to perform. The "Puzzles to make" section has detailed directions and printable instructions for using these puzzles in the classroom.

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Online Etch-A-Sketch - Ohio Art

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K to 12
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OK, this one's mostly for fun, and we're showing our age. Still, the online version of the famous drawing toy performs much as the original did. Try this one on ...more
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OK, this one's mostly for fun, and we're showing our age. Still, the online version of the famous drawing toy performs much as the original did. Try this one on your students as an example of what high tech was thirty years ago. Just don't try to clear your screen by turning it upside down and shaking it! Operate the game using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

tag(s): drawing (78)

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Have young ones practice left and right by working with a partner at classroom computers, with one partner directing "left" or "right, "up" or "down" while the other operates the keys. Together they can make a drawing! Older students will be amused by the simplicity. See what they can create with just one continuous line.
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Simple Physics Experiments - Colorado State University

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This collection of simple physics experiments from Colorado State University includes a number of illusions and other perceptual oddities. The site explains each in terms of the physics...more
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This collection of simple physics experiments from Colorado State University includes a number of illusions and other perceptual oddities. The site explains each in terms of the physics involved and offers suggestions for other related activities. Science teachers will find lots of useful examples - many of which require little or no equipment - here.

tag(s): experiments (71)

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Make Your Own Kaleidoscope

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4 to 12
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This is an online tool that lets users experiment with lines, fills, and color to create their own kaleidoscope. There are lots of possible imaging, color, and mathematical connections...more
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This is an online tool that lets users experiment with lines, fills, and color to create their own kaleidoscope. There are lots of possible imaging, color, and mathematical connections that one might draw from this one. It's also just plain fun to try. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): animation (63)

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SciZone - Ontario Science Centre

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4 to 12
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The Ontario Science Centre's student web page offers several collections of resources, including a set of games and puzzles done with just the right touch of student-level humor. Each...more
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The Ontario Science Centre's student web page offers several collections of resources, including a set of games and puzzles done with just the right touch of student-level humor. Each of these offers an intriguing introduction to some sort of scientific phenomenon. This would be a good site to add to your list of "exploring" sites, since it offers a broad collection of content that changes periodically.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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10Ticks

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6 to 12
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This is an unusual "maths" site geared to British standards. American users will be particularly interested in the games and oddities sections, both of which offer collections of number-related...more
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This is an unusual "maths" site geared to British standards. American users will be particularly interested in the games and oddities sections, both of which offer collections of number-related activities ranging from a biorhythm calculator to a prime number identifier and more. This is a great site for those who like to play with numbers.

tag(s): numbers (204), quiz (85), quizzes (97)

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