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Broken Calculator - Woodlands Junior School

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3 to 8
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This website provides a challenging and entertaining math activity. Students are presented with a broken calculator (with only a few buttons remaining). The challenge is to create...more
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This website provides a challenging and entertaining math activity. Students are presented with a broken calculator (with only a few buttons remaining). The challenge is to create specific answers using only the keys provided. The different levels allow you to differentiate for every student in your class. This activity is certain to develop strong mental math skills and number sense. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): addition (251), division (172), equations (155), logic (235), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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Share this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard before allowing students to use it individually or with a partner.
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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 (251), division (172), multiplication (227), spelling (168), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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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 (251), decimals (133), division (172), fractions (239), money (193), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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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 (251), logic (235), subtraction (208)

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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 (96), logic (235), problem solving (272), puzzles (208), substitutes (21)

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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 (96), puzzles (208), thinking skills (17)

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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 (251), division (172), multiplication (227), subtraction (208), vision (87)

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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 (251), pyramids (29)

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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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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 (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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K to 6
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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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1 to 4
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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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3 to 8
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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)

In the Classroom

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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World Geography Quizzes - Sheppard Software

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3 to 12
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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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