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KidsPsych

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There's more to this one than meets the eye. This site offers a set of interesting Flash games for children age 2 to 9, along with descriptions of how each ...more
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There's more to this one than meets the eye. This site offers a set of interesting Flash games for children age 2 to 9, along with descriptions of how each game tests and develops logic or thinking skills.

tag(s): logic (235)

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Early childhood or primary teachers may find them useful for "computer time."

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FIRST Competition - FIRST

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4 to 12
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Created by inventor Dean Kamen, this competition encourages students in different age groups to team up and tackle challenges in robotics, physics, and engineering. The site offers...more
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Created by inventor Dean Kamen, this competition encourages students in different age groups to team up and tackle challenges in robotics, physics, and engineering. The site offers detailed instructions as well as information on previous competitions - including some examples.

tag(s): robotics (25)

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If you have students who are serious competitors, this would be a great challenge.

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ChessKids

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This site promotes chess, school chess clubs, and chess competitions. It offers free templates and other materials which can simplify running a chess club. There are instructional sections...more
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This site promotes chess, school chess clubs, and chess competitions. It offers free templates and other materials which can simplify running a chess club. There are instructional sections as well, but the focus is on getting students involved with the game.

tag(s): chess (3)

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Virtual Math Manipulatives - National Science Foundation

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3 to 12
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This is a collection of really elegant "virtual manipulatives" created with funding from the National Science Foundation. These manipulatives are Java applets, so they may take a minute...more
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This is a collection of really elegant "virtual manipulatives" created with funding from the National Science Foundation. These manipulatives are Java applets, so they may take a minute to load on a dial-up connection. They provide students with a challenging online way to reinforce math concepts in many content areas.

tag(s): logic (235), manipulatives (41), puzzles (208)

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Use this site to supplement almost any math lesson, grades pre-k through high school. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and find the appropriate lesson aid for your classroom. This site can be used to introduce a variety of lesson plans, so be sure to explore the site previous to use.

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AIMS Puzzle Corner - AIMS Education Foundation

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Puzzles are highly motivational tools that capture the imaginations of students. To infiltrate the classroom with a vibrant brand of problem solving, this site offers a tantalizing...more
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Puzzles are highly motivational tools that capture the imaginations of students. To infiltrate the classroom with a vibrant brand of problem solving, this site offers a tantalizing educational bait-and-hook in the form of a new puzzle each month. Clearly illustrates puzzles and solutions. These ae not online interactives. The puzzles are explained in words or images on the web page. Some have downloadable pdf printables, as well.

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

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Definitely include this one on your teacher web page for your bright but bored kids to challenge themselves both in and outside of class. Teachers of gifted will enjoy the varied levels available.

Use a puzzle as a "warm-up" at the start of math class every Monday to get the neurons connecting!

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The Rube Goldberg Site - Rube Goldberg, Inc.

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4 to 8
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This fun site offers a retrospective on Rube Goldberg's wacky inventions and includes examples of how present-day engineering students devise 20-step ways of accomplishing simple tasks....more
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This fun site offers a retrospective on Rube Goldberg's wacky inventions and includes examples of how present-day engineering students devise 20-step ways of accomplishing simple tasks. The site is a great "idea site" for students getting used to invention and problem solving.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Review the invention pictures included on this site on a projector or whiteboard as an activator activity for an inventions unit. Have students draw or design their own machine for performing a similar every-day task.

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Questacon: The Scilands - Questacon

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4 to 12
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This collection - part of an extensive site from Australia's Questacon museum - includes lots of optical illusions and deceptively simple puzzles designed to challenge perceptual abilities,...more
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This collection - part of an extensive site from Australia's Questacon museum - includes lots of optical illusions and deceptively simple puzzles designed to challenge perceptual abilities, logic, and higher-order thinking skills. It's a great place to send that student who's always ready for the next challenge.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Include this site on your teacher web page for students to access outside of class when they are looking for an extra mind-bending challenge. Also consider sharing this site with your teaching colleagues who work with gifted students.
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MENSA Workout - MENSA

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6 to 12
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This Mensa challenge includes problems and questions designed to challenge thinkers at all levels. Taken online, the challenge takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. However, the...more
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This Mensa challenge includes problems and questions designed to challenge thinkers at all levels. Taken online, the challenge takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. However, the site can be used as a whole, or teachers can use one or two questions at a time to challenge students.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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This site offers a great mental workout for gifted students or other students who seem to need an added challenge in the classroom. Include this site on your teacher website so that such students may access it outside of class.

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Brain Teasers - Houghton Mifflin

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3 to 8
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This site posts a weekly brain teaser for each of several levels. The teasers challenge students math and logic skills. Archives allow you to find many past problems as well. ...more
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This site posts a weekly brain teaser for each of several levels. The teasers challenge students math and logic skills. Archives allow you to find many past problems as well.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Include this site on your teacher web page to provide students with a weekly challenge. Include links for all three skill levels and consider challenging advanced students with higher levels.

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The Grey Labyrinth

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This site boasts a collection of visually impressive math and logic brain-busters to challenge your class puzzlemasters. The collection changes from time to time, and the game-quality...more
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This site boasts a collection of visually impressive math and logic brain-busters to challenge your class puzzlemasters. The collection changes from time to time, and the game-quality graphics make the site especially attractive to those who have grown up on video games.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Include this site on your teacher web page for students to access outside of class for additional mindstretching practice. Also consider sharing this site with your teaching colleagues who work with your gifted students.

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Grand Illusions

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6 to 12
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This collection of surprisingly devlish illusions, mind-games, and other tricks will stump curious students. Most of these puzzles require little or no equipment, making them great...more
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This collection of surprisingly devlish illusions, mind-games, and other tricks will stump curious students. Most of these puzzles require little or no equipment, making them great for quick, indoor activities. If you have students who need an extra challenge, send them here.

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Share this site with your teaching colleagues who work with your gifted students.

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Droodles - The Exploratorium

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4 to 8
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This site by Exploratorium offers a new twist on an old favorite. Droodles are a combination of a riddle and a doodle, and this site lets students solve the riddles ...more
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This site by Exploratorium offers a new twist on an old favorite. Droodles are a combination of a riddle and a doodle, and this site lets students solve the riddles and draw their own on-screen. Besides being fun, the site helps build memory, drawing, and thinking skills.

tag(s): drawing (78)

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Make a shortcut to this site on your desktop and use it as a center. Have students test the concept on their own by making their own droodle and sharing it with a classmate to try to recreate.

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The Ultimate Puzzle Site - RJE Productions

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6 to 12
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This site contains hundreds of challenging with puzzles sorted by type and level of difficulty. Some puzzles challenge math skills, while others are more traditional mind-benders. You...more
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This site contains hundreds of challenging with puzzles sorted by type and level of difficulty. Some puzzles challenge math skills, while others are more traditional mind-benders. You may want to preview the puzzles for level of difficulty to avoid student frustration.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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Use this site to create a link on your teacher web page to a "puzzle of the week" and challenge students to see if they can solve the puzzle.

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Go - Jan van der Steen

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This Dutch site is full of information about the deceptively simple oriental game of go. The site contains listings of competitions, rules, and all manner of resources for players....more
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This Dutch site is full of information about the deceptively simple oriental game of go. The site contains listings of competitions, rules, and all manner of resources for players. If you're a go fan, this site is for you.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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This site is excellent enrichment for students seeking an added challenge. Include it on your teacher web page for students to access outside of class.

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Block Corner - Gamekitchen

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Although the commands take some time to get used to, this site allows students to build block structures using simple programming commands. Once students get the hang of it, this ...more
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Although the commands take some time to get used to, this site allows students to build block structures using simple programming commands. Once students get the hang of it, this graphical site provides an interesting way to merge art and technology as students design block towers.

tag(s): computers (94), graphic design (35)

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Make a shortcut to this site on your desktop and use it as a center. Consider conducting an electronic block-castle building competition and having students email you pictures of their completed projects.
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Anagram Generator

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4 to 8
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This little site generates anagrams from words or lists of letters. It's a great starting point for word games and related activities. ...more
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This little site generates anagrams from words or lists of letters. It's a great starting point for word games and related activities.

tag(s): spelling (168)

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Enchanted Mind Puzzles

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This collection of Java-based puzzles should be sufficient to challenge even the most devoted of your "puzzle people." There are computer-based versions of Mastermind, Rubik's cube,...more
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This collection of Java-based puzzles should be sufficient to challenge even the most devoted of your "puzzle people." There are computer-based versions of Mastermind, Rubik's cube, and nearly a dozen other thinking and reasoning games. Each offers its own set of logic and mathematical challenges. This is a great site for students who need an extra challenge.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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This site is excellent for enrichment for students seeking an added challenge. Include it on your teacher web page for students to access both in and out of class.

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The Farmer's Boat - AIMS Education Foundation

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Here's a simple animated version of the classic puzzle involving the farmer who needs to move the grain, the chicken, and the fox across the river safely. See how quickly ...more
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Here's a simple animated version of the classic puzzle involving the farmer who needs to move the grain, the chicken, and the fox across the river safely. See how quickly your students can figure out a solution that doesn't result in anyone getting eaten! This site requires the shockwave plug-in. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): logic (235)

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Cool Quiz! - TheWebPro.Com, LLC

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This site offers a strangely captivating collection of trivia, factoids, and other information served up in a way that keeps users asking for more. There are daily word and fact ...more
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This site offers a strangely captivating collection of trivia, factoids, and other information served up in a way that keeps users asking for more. There are daily word and fact selections, as well as quizzes and other games to challenge students' knowledge of off-beat facts. Great site for energetic brains, or well-read students who want to show how much they know. There are a lot of advertisements on throughout this site; warn younger students to avoid them.

tag(s): substitutes (21), trivia (17)

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Share this site on your teacher web age for students to access for some intellectual fun outside of class. Include it in your collection of links for one or two minute fillers when an activity ends early or to inspire curiosity during supervised study halls.

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Odyssey of the Mind

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This is the website for the annual Odyssey of the Mind competition, an interscholastic competion in which teams compete in an attempt to solve one of five categories of problems. ...more
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This is the website for the annual Odyssey of the Mind competition, an interscholastic competion in which teams compete in an attempt to solve one of five categories of problems.

tag(s): gifted (96)

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Entry into the competition requires each team to purchase a membership. However, this is a great resource and opportunity for teachers who work regularly with gifted students needing an additional challenge. Consider purchasing such a membership for your students, or pass the site along to a fellow teacher who works regularly with such students.

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