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Word Games - east of the web

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2 to 12
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This interactive website provides hours of mind stretching fun. The mind challenges include cryptoquote, popword, eight letters, define time, storyman, wordsearch, and codeword. Some...more
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This interactive website provides hours of mind stretching fun. The mind challenges include cryptoquote, popword, eight letters, define time, storyman, wordsearch, and codeword. Some of these challenges are perfect for spelling practice, learning new vocabulary, problem solving and basic math practice. Each activity provides instructions for the user to explain the purpose of the activity. Many of the activities also have various difficulty levels to differentiate the activity for a variety of learning levels. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): puzzles (207)

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This website is "interactive whiteboard ready." Students will love these mind stretching challenges and teachers will love the easy-to-use format of the activities. Put a game up on the whiteboard as students are taking their seats to focus attention and minds on WORDS before you start class. ESL teachers may find these games will help students practice language skills more readily. If you don't have time to utilize this challenge in class, provide the link in your class's newsletter or on your teacher web page.
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Inventing Modern America: Invention Connection - The Lemelson - MIT Program

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4 to 10
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This website helps to "connect" the dots of inventions. The "Invention Connection" challenges students to trace the paths and interconnections of many inventions. Students can complete...more
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This website helps to "connect" the dots of inventions. The "Invention Connection" challenges students to trace the paths and interconnections of many inventions. Students can complete this activity over and over again and learn about new inventions each time. The text portions may require some explanation to elementary students. This site requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): evolution (99), industrial revolution (26), inventors and inventions (92)

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Use this wonderful resource during your inventions/inventors units. This activity helps students to understand the connections between numerous inventions and forces then to think about unusual commonalities between unlike objects. This invention activity is perfect for an interactive whiteboard. You may want to have a separate window open to "look up" some of the more esoteric inventions that show up, since they may not be familiar to you and your students.
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Multiple Intelligences - Birmingham Grid For Learning

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4 to 12
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Help your students to determine their own individual intelligences by using this website. The website provides information about the various intelligences, an interactive quiz (available...more
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Help your students to determine their own individual intelligences by using this website. The website provides information about the various intelligences, an interactive quiz (available in text or audio versions), and a detailed results page. This site requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): multiple intelligences (10)

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Use a computer lab or laptops to help students learn more about how they learn. For many students, this could be part of a plan for how to study and be successful in the new school year. This would be a great "first week of school" activity or part of a unit on study skills. For gifted students finally "hitting the wall" and having to learn to study in high school, this self-analysis could be very helpful.
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Science Zone - Mandy Barrow

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K to 8
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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life ...more
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If you are looking to spruce up your science lessons - you have found your answer! This website provides some interactive science fun. The general topics include living and life processes, physical processes, materials, earth and space, and water. When you click on the general topic you are given countless activities to choose from. Whatever science concept you are teaching, my guess is that you will find a related resource at this phenomenal website. Most of these unique activities require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): electricity (92), forces (44), human body (134), light (51), planets (129), plants (173), sound (105), water (133), water cycle (33)

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Get an interactive whiteboard ready - and utilize these free interactive (and educational) activities to simplify the complexities of various scientific concepts.
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Maths Zone - Woodlands Junior School

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2 to 6
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This comprehensive math site provides countless math activities (nearly all interactive). Topics vary from basic number skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division),...more
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This comprehensive math site provides countless math activities (nearly all interactive). Topics vary from basic number skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), to shapes and space skills, to data and probability, to measurement skills, and even math investigations. There are worksheets to print. There are also interactive activities to use with an interactive whiteboard or individual computers. Some of the activities require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): angles (86), charts and graphs (197), decimals (125), fractions (226), mean (26), median (23), mode (16), money (183), percent (82), probability (139), time (141)

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Use an interactive whiteboard to introduce your class to this site's activities. Then differentiate your math lessons by allowing students to work independently on the math skills they are currently acquiring. Even if you have only a single classroom computer, you can provide practice and challenge at all levels. This is also a wonderful site to share as a link from your teacher home page or in your classroom newsletter.
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Interactive Maths Games and Activities - Woodlands Junior School

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K to 8
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This website provides some awesome, higher-level thinking activities. There are challenges provided in various subject areas including logic, math, science, literacy, memory and more....more
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This website provides some awesome, higher-level thinking activities. There are challenges provided in various subject areas including logic, math, science, literacy, memory and more. The specific activities are extremely attention grabbing and diverse. Some of the activities include Word Blender, Tessellations, and Sokoban. Most of these activities require Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): homophones (15), logic (247), numbers (196), spelling (170)

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This website literally provides activities on nearly all elementary subjects. The logic and mind stretcher activities are appropriate for elementary gifted students and middle school students. Get your entire class involved and use an Interactive Whiteboard!
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Math Presentations - Jefferson County Schools

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K to 12
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If you are teaching a new math concept or want to review an already-introduced math skill, you must visit this website. The site provides free PowerPoint presentations on numerous...more
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If you are teaching a new math concept or want to review an already-introduced math skill, you must visit this website. The site provides free PowerPoint presentations on numerous math topics. There are presentations for grades K-5 and 6-12. There are over 100 math topics available. Use these free resources to help simplify the complexities of mathematics in your classroom. You may need PowerPoint software on your computer to view these files, depending upon how the site creators saved them. Roll your mouse over the words slowly to see which shows can be played directly from the site and which you must download to your computer to run from there. This site has heavy advertising at the top of the landing page. Scroll down to find the presentations.
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tag(s): addition (227), air (148), division (161), logic (247), multiplication (212), subtraction (187), vision (79)

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Try these ready-to-go PowerPoint presentations on an interactive whiteboard or projector in your classroom. Some may also be well-suited for individual students to run on a single classroom computer for remediation or review. There are games, resources and a lot of information. The site includes a disclaimer asking to be notified if users find any unauthorized, copyrighted material. TeachersFirst recommends that you NOT download copies but instead use them online, just in case.

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Substitute Survival: Tools You Can Use - Education World

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K to 12
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This website provides substitutes with practical advice on surviving in a classroom. Most of the tips, websites and lesson ideas are more suitable for elementary or middle school,...more
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This website provides substitutes with practical advice on surviving in a classroom. Most of the tips, websites and lesson ideas are more suitable for elementary or middle school, but many of the tips are practical in any classroom, any grade and any subject matter. New teachers and those headed into student teaching would be wise to read it, as well.

tag(s): substitutes (18)

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Substitutes - don't go into the trenches empty handed, print out this useful survival guide (or make it a TeachersFirst Favorite so you can find it anytime) and be prepared for the unexpected!

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Welcome - A Packet for Substitute Teachers - Robert Jackson

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K to 12
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Every substitute must check out this interactive, all-inclusive, helpful, and creative website. This website includes numerous resources for substitute teachers including "Whiteboard...more
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Every substitute must check out this interactive, all-inclusive, helpful, and creative website. This website includes numerous resources for substitute teachers including "Whiteboard Topics," "Bag of Tricks," "Give a Test," "Something Puzzling," and much, much more! Before you enter a classroom - enter this website!

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This website provides easy, ready-to-go activities! There are activities for every grade level (from kindergarten to high school). This is a priceless resource for any substitute teacher.

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Countdown Investigations - Woodlands Junior School

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3 to 8
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This website has three distinct activities - trying to get close to a target number, creating the longest words, and a conundrum activity. Be sure to visit the "more ...more
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This website has three distinct activities - trying to get close to a target number, creating the longest words, and a conundrum activity. Be sure to visit the "more rules" link to learn more about these educational and engaging activities. The math activities will develop number sense, and the word activities will increase vocabulary and spelling skills. Both build mental flexibility and problem solving. Whichever you choose, these will make ideal class starters to "warm up" fuzzy brains. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): addition (227), division (161), multiplication (212), spelling (170), subtraction (187), vision (79)

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This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard. Divide the class into teams for a competition, doing one activity each day to start your class. The tournament could go on for months.
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Math Starter of the Day - Transum Software

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4 to 8
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This math website provides daily "math starters" in a variety of mathematic topics. There is one activity per day (366 for each year). This website provides a variety ...more
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This math website provides daily "math starters" in a variety of mathematic topics. There is one activity per day (366 for each year). This website provides a variety of math challenges that are creative, engaging, and easy to incorporate into your classroom routine.

tag(s): addition (227), decimals (125), division (161), fractions (226), money (183), multiplication (212), subtraction (187), vision (79)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share this website to start your math class. The activities are sure to clear the cobwebs in your students' minds. There is something for everyone.

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Family Math Balloon Ride - Lawrence Hall of Science

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1 to 6
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This mind-stretching math activity challenges students to beat the computer or another student at a game of numbers. There are a certain number of strings connected to a hot ...more
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This mind-stretching math activity challenges students to beat the computer or another student at a game of numbers. There are a certain number of strings connected to a hot air balloon (the number of strings changes with each game). Students take turns with the computer trying to cut the final string. During their turns, the computer or student may choose to cut one or two strings. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): addition (227), logic (247), subtraction (187)

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Use an interactive whiteboard to challenge your student to this fun logic activity as a warm up to math class, especially when studying even/odd numbers. Your students will develop a new kind of number sense and improved strategy skills as they try to win.
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Logic and Reasoning Games - Math Playground

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K to 12
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Use this website to "clear out the cobwebs" in your students' minds. The site offers several interactive logic activities. Many require no reading. A few examples include Tetris, Rubik's...more
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Use this website to "clear out the cobwebs" in your students' minds. The site offers several interactive logic activities. Many require no reading. A few examples include Tetris, Rubik's Cube, Sliders, Towers and more. All activities require JAVA and FLASH. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): gifted (88), logic (247), problem solving (291), puzzles (207), substitutes (18)

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Use one of these on an interactive whiteboard as a brain warm-up at the beginning of class or as student enter the room. If you have a difficult group in a study hall, this site could keep them busy in a positive way. Substitutes will also love it! Include this link in your class's newsletter, classroom computer, or teacher web page for extra challenges and enrichment. Teachers of gifted can challenge their students to write "how to" directions for how to solve these puzzles, once they have figured them out!
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Lateral Puzzles - WebRing

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3 to 12
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Build higher level thinking skills, especially flexibility in how students visualize and interpret a brief story. This challenging and interactive website has Lateral puzzles, both...more
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Build higher level thinking skills, especially flexibility in how students visualize and interpret a brief story. This challenging and interactive website has Lateral puzzles, both "active" and "solved." Registration is required if you guess an answer to one of the "active" puzzles. Registration is not necessary for reading the puzzles and clues. This site gives a lateral puzzle, and then the readers can ask questions to the original poster. Some of the "solved" puzzles could be used with younger students. However, the site is geared towards middle school and high school aged students.

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tag(s): gifted (88), puzzles (207), thinking skills (16)

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Challenge your class with a "lateral puzzle of the day". This site would be perfect for your gifted students or to get everyone thinking at the start of class. Be sure to include the link on your web page! For an extra challenge when students have mastered the puzzles, ask them to analyze how they work and write some of their own.

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The Crazy Counting Machine - Crick Web

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2 to 6
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This counting activity challenges students to reach a "target number". The program provides the student with a "starting number". Students have several operational options to reach...more
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This counting activity challenges students to reach a "target number". The program provides the student with a "starting number". Students have several operational options to reach the "target number". The options include doubling a number, dividing a number in half, adding 7 or subtracting 3 from the original number. The challenge is to reach the "target number" using the fewest operational options. This site encourages higher-level thinking and requires FLASH. If you see a blank screen, download the Flash plugin from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (227), division (161), multiplication (212), subtraction (187), vision (79)

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Fire up the interactive whiteboard and make this mindstretching activity a class challenge. Make this game availabel all year to develop better number sense and strategy skills. It is a must as a link from your teacher web page, as well. If you play the game "24," this would be another way to practice the same skills.
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Pyramid Numbers - Crick Web

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3 to 5
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This quick web activity would make a great group experience in problem solving and strategy. Students are given a pyramid of numbers and asked to rearrange the bottom numbers ...more
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This quick web activity would make a great group experience in problem solving and strategy. Students are given a pyramid of numbers and asked to rearrange the bottom numbers (1-5) to try to equal the greatest number on top (when all numbers under are added together). The activity itself is well done, but no answers or feedback are provided. This activity would need teacher direction. This site requires Flash If you see a blank screen, download the Flash plugin from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): addition (227), pyramids (28)

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Try this one on interactive whiteboard and make this activity a group experience. Make sure you mark it in Favorites on your classroom computer and make it available on your teacher web site for those who get addicted.
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Kids Psych Games - Magination Press

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1 to 6
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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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3 to 12
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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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3 to 6
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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 (70), functions (69), gifted (88)

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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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