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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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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)

In the Classroom

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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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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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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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.

tag(s): grammar review (37)

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Playing With Time - Minnesota Science Museum

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1 to 12
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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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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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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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NPR Weekly Puzzle - National Public Radio

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6 to 45
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The weekly word puzzle from National Public Radio is not specifically designed for students, but these puzzles can help build vocabulary and word analysis skills in secondary students....more
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The weekly word puzzle from National Public Radio is not specifically designed for students, but these puzzles can help build vocabulary and word analysis skills in secondary students. The site presents recent puzzles, along with their answers.

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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.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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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.

tag(s): puzzles (208)

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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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6 to 12
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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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