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### ChiliMath - ChiliMath

K to 12
Struggling with Algebra? Find some free help at ChiliMath in the form of lessons, worksheets, and activities. Use the math solver to check work, type in any math problem from ...more
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Struggling with Algebra? Find some free help at ChiliMath in the form of lessons, worksheets, and activities. Use the math solver to check work, type in any math problem from beginner algebra to calculus to check any answer. Use the tutorial provided for step-by-step help. Choose from several activities sorted by categories such as strategy games or logic games. The Algebra lessons section contains close to 100 lessons describing Algebra concepts in simple terms along with images, charts, graphs, and examples. Explore lessons either by course (Algebra 1, Algebra 2, etc.) or use the index to search for particular items alphabetically. Take quizzes at the end of many lessons or download practice worksheets through links provided. Also at this site is a link for Basic Math. Clicking on that will give you activities like number writing and counting. On that page, if you look to the left there are grade levels for IXL Math and more free activities. he last link you might like to try is for the Math Games, and there is quite a variety.

tag(s): division (161), equations (152), exponents (43), factoring (30), fractions (229), functions (69), geometric shapes (173), inequalities (26), integers (40), mean (26), median (23), mode (16), multiples (32), multiplication (212), number lines (32), prime numbers (31), problem solving (296), quadratics (31)

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ChiliMath is an excellent resource whether you are teaching kindergarten/first grade or 8th grade. You might want to set up a class computer with links for concepts your class is working on at the time, or for review. Try using a program like Symbaloo reviewed here to display links to several activities at one time. Practice Algebra concepts by sharing lessons on your interactive whiteboard when introducing or reviewing. Provide a link to particular lessons on your class websites for students to use for review at home.

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### Intel Education Units - Intel

K to 12

Find engaging, challenging units to begin your Common Core journey. Intel Education Units are complete and include assessment tools. Search by grade level or subject. Find the basics...more
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Find engaging, challenging units to begin your Common Core journey. Intel Education Units are complete and include assessment tools. Search by grade level or subject. Find the basics for planning units. Also find sequencing maps, sequencing activities, classification charts, and prioritizing listings. Instructional Strategies include activating prior knowledge, graphic organizers, cooperative learning, and questioning strategies.

tag(s): literacy (107)

#### In the Classroom

Begin your curriculum planning here. After reviewing exemplary units, use as they are, or modify to fit the needs of your students, content, or even resources adding your own personal touch. They will inspire you to dig deeper and go further with Common Core! Be sure to bookmark this site (or save in your favorites) as your go to resource for Common Core.

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### Stella's Stunners - Ohio Resource Center and Rudd Crawford

7 to 12
Stella's Stunners is a collection of over 600 "non-routine" math problems. They range from visual problems to those that involve use of pre-algebra on up through pre-calculus. In addition...more
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Stella's Stunners is a collection of over 600 "non-routine" math problems. They range from visual problems to those that involve use of pre-algebra on up through pre-calculus. In addition to the math problems, the site also includes tips for extending problems, using the problems in the classroom, and suggestions for grading. Each problem also includes a link to the solution. Search for specific topics by math course, problem title, or Stella decimal system. To FIND the collection, click on Complete Stella Library.

tag(s): logic (247), problem solving (296)

#### In the Classroom

Use Stella's Stunners as a problem of the day to begin math class. Assign problems for homework or extra credit. Have students create an online or printed comic using one of the tools and ideas included in this collection to describe how to solve problems. Use as part of student math journals and have students explain the problem solving process for each problem. Use this site with your gifted students. Challenge your gifted students to create their own "Stunners."

I like this idea because it uses technology, something kids enjoy, and engages them in mathematics. Thanks, Heather Heather, CA, Grades: 9 - 12

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### Science vs Magic - Nico Disseldorp

8 to 12
Science vs Magic offers four tools for exploring math concepts. Tools include Let's Play: Ancient Greek Geometry, Fractal Machine, Logic Grid, and Elementary Cellular Automata. Choose...more
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Science vs Magic offers four tools for exploring math concepts. Tools include Let's Play: Ancient Greek Geometry, Fractal Machine, Logic Grid, and Elementary Cellular Automata. Choose the "About" link with each activity to view the author's blog describing the different components and suggested uses. This is a neat mind-stretcher activity. Explore the site a bit before sharing with students.

tag(s): angles (88), fractions (229), geometric shapes (173), greeks (33), logic (247)

#### In the Classroom

Share this site with students for exploration of geometric concepts. Have students take screen shots of different outcomes then share their explorations with classmates. (Screenshots on a Mac: Shift+ Command+4; on Windows, press the Prtscrn key then PASTE into a document.) Have cooperative learning groups create podcasts demonstrating their understanding of one of the concepts. Use a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).

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### Rogo Puzzles - Creative Heuristics Ltd

3 to 12

Rogo Puzzles are a Sudoku-like activity that generally take less time to solve than Sudokus or crossword puzzles. Warning: Rogo Puzzles can be addictive! Rogo Puzzles provides written...more
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Rogo Puzzles are a Sudoku-like activity that generally take less time to solve than Sudokus or crossword puzzles. Warning: Rogo Puzzles can be addictive! Rogo Puzzles provides written and video explanations of how to play. Click Play Here menu to access instructions then choose daily puzzles to print to play. Find solutions to daily puzzles the following day. Copying for personal or educational use is permitted. Find some lesson ideas from the Education menu. Some of the instructional videos require YouTube. If you plan to share them with your class, you may want to preview at home or even bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

tag(s): logic (247), problem solving (296), puzzles (203)

#### In the Classroom

Use Rogo Puzzles as a fun problem-solving activity in a math center or for homework. Demonstrate HOW to use this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. View the video tutorial and do some practice puzzles before students attempt on their own. Challenge students to create their own Rogo puzzles once they become familiar with the format.

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### Documentary Storm - 2013 DocumentaryStorm

4 to 12

Dive into Documentary Storm to discover 100% free documentary films. The goal of the website is to share knowledge spread ideas, and have fun. Search the different channels to find...more
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Dive into Documentary Storm to discover 100% free documentary films. The goal of the website is to share knowledge spread ideas, and have fun. Search the different channels to find exactly what you are seeking. Topics included are art, biography, conspiracy, culture, drugs, environment, health, indie films, lifestyle, mockumentaries, money, nature, politics, psychology, religion, science, society, sports, technology, war, and many more. Search in the top 100 documentaries, or click use"surprise me." Connect with Facebook, RSS, Twitter, or email.

tag(s): video (279)

#### In the Classroom

With documentaries challenge your students' understanding of food, history, politics, or people. Use to provide another point of view which might not be available in traditional text books. Use to explain primary and secondary sources, as well as an example of a way to extend thinking. Provide a documentary as an example for your students to do an in depth research project. Use documentaries to challenge knowledge, create new knowledge, and learn.

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### Creativity Games - Ryan Chadwick

5 to 12
Creativity Games offers challenges, games, and puzzles to encourage creative thinking. Find new activities each week such as random word identification, code breakers, or creative challenges....more
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Creativity Games offers challenges, games, and puzzles to encourage creative thinking. Find new activities each week such as random word identification, code breakers, or creative challenges. Choose the Random Word Generator link to generate a set of random words to use in creative writing, or choose a preset creativity game from the drop-down box provided. Read several great creative writing tips in the creative writing prompts section of the site. This site also features blog entries on a variety of topics related to creativity and education.

tag(s): creative writing (168), creativity (118), logic (247), poetry (221), puzzles (203), substitutes (18), writing prompts (94)

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### Math Trail - HeyMath!

6 to 12

Explore virtual trails while putting math and geography skills to the test with Math Trail (powered by Google Maps). An introductory video on the site's home page explains the concept...more
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tag(s): equations (152), geometric shapes (173), map skills (83), numbers (197)

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Math Trail would make an excellent game for use during math centers or as a computer lab/laptop activity. Read tips for safely managing email registrations here. After playing, have students create their own math trail using Animaps (reviewed here). Students can add text, images, and location stops!

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### Documentary Wire - DocumentaryWire

4 to 12

Documentary Wire.com features an incredible collection of documentary films for free. Browse through the collection or find the latest documentaries sent to your email. Join free and...more
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tag(s): primary sources (93), video (279)

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Documentary Wire provides documentaries for all your classes. Not sure what topics are available? Search the documentary list. Use a documentary to help students understand primary (such as interviews) and secondary sources. Consider examining point of view through many different choices of films. Study industry and government regulations. Research to discover if any documentary caused a change in the law. Look at the persuasive techniques used to convey a strong message. Study the formatting of the documentary to use as a framework for your own student research projects. Look at documentaries in your study of ethics. Challenge gifted learners in the search for new information.

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### How Do You Play - howdoyouplay.net

K to 12
Don't remember how to play certain games or need to find some new ideas? This is the site for you! How Do You Play contains instructions for many classroom-friendly games ...more
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Don't remember how to play certain games or need to find some new ideas? This is the site for you! How Do You Play contains instructions for many classroom-friendly games and activities. Choose from categories of active games, board games, classroom games, icebreakers, sports, and many more. Find instructions and information for great icebreaker questions/games, how to build the tallest tower, playing spoons, how to play a photo scavenger hunt, egg drop with teambuilding, life timelines, and much more. Each game or activity includes a list of materials needed, number of players, time required, and directions for play. Some directions for strategy games also include strategy options. Although many of the games seem juvenile, the team building and icebreaker options are even good for adults.

tag(s): back to school (62), firstday (25), sports (100)

#### In the Classroom

Use this site to find games and activities for classroom centers or review activities. Icebreaker activities include options for the first week of school community building. Bookmark this tool for the first week of school or anytime that you want to experience some "team-building" in your class. This is a great site to use if you have weekly classroom meetings to build relationships among students. Share this site with students and have them create their own games based on research projects or as review for major tests. Challenge students to describe their "creations" using the models shown on this site. Share this site with parent helpers to find ideas for classroom parties.

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### The Secret Door - Safe Style UK

2 to 12
Open a door to tour worldwide locations with this intriguing site. Clicking on the door transports you to indoor spaces from all over the world using a Google StreetMap mashup. ...more
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Open a door to tour worldwide locations with this intriguing site. Clicking on the door transports you to indoor spaces from all over the world using a Google StreetMap mashup. Click on the door again (or click "take me somewhere else") to be transported to another place. Visit famous landmarks, museums, and more. What a treat! The entire Secret Door interaction can be embedded in your blog or wiki using the embed code provided by clicking "embed this." Secret Door is random, so going to the same place again could be tricky. To return later to the same location, make a note of the location in top left (or copy it). Use Google Maps (reviewed here), search for the location that was named in the top left corner, and use Streetview (drag the little orange man on top of the landmark to look inside).

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (124), landmarks (27)

#### In the Classroom

Teacher-librarians can use this to inspire research or non-fiction reading by embedding it in their website or displaying it on a computer in the media center! Use this site to learn drawing inferences about each of the places visited. Use the images as a class or in groups to determine where in the world it is located using clues from the picture. You will want to "hide" the location that shows in the top left corner. This is a great introduction into culture, building, design, etc. Project an image on an Interactive Whiteboard as a prompt for a short story, poem, or essay inspired by the image. Share an image as your students enter the classroom as the daily "travel mystery." Give your students 2-3 minutes of time to investigate WHERE the image is from. Brainstorm how the image is related to a story being discussed in class, a unit of study, or parallels to our culture. What creatures and cultures would be seen in this place? Ask and answer interesting questions related to the images. Teachers of gifted can use these images to inspire creation of text-based games to take place in these settings using descriptive writing and a tool such as Quest, reviewed here, or Playfic, reviewed here.

Very cool, easy to use site for when you have a few minutes. I think the age range could be k-12 as my 4 year old loved seeing where the door would take us. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because it is really hard to get back to a place that you previously visited. Diane, PA, Grades: 0 - 4

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### OutWit.Me Twitter Tweet Games - outwit.me

8 to 12

Find creative ideas for using Twitter to study and in class using OutWit.Me. View directions for many games to play with friends on Twitter. The games on this site were ...more
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Find creative ideas for using Twitter to study and in class using OutWit.Me. View directions for many games to play with friends on Twitter. The games on this site were created by Twitter users. Suggested games include TweetQuiz, Word Connections, Crack the Code, and others.

tag(s): social networking (113), twitter (45)

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Use OutWit.Me to review information before tests or exams. Invite students to become experts at a certain game and to explain it to the class. Use the ideas on the site to create your own Twitter handle and create directions for your own class game. Better yet, challenge cooperative learning groups to create their own games. Create a TweetQuiz for important characters or events in history, play Crack the Code as an anticipation guide for a new unit, or play TweetWords providing clues to vocabulary words. Looking for more ways to use Twitter in the classroom? Read more about Twitter at TeachersFirst's Twitter for Teachers page.

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### 4 Numbers - Luminosity

4 to 12
This is a great maths puzzle site where you must add, subtract, multiply, or divide with a set of four numbers to equal 24. The two rules include do not ...more
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This is a great maths puzzle site where you must add, subtract, multiply, or divide with a set of four numbers to equal 24. The two rules include do not cheat and click done when you want to quit! Choose from many modes including an easier version, timed games, and battle mode.

tag(s): mental math (30), operations (123)

#### In the Classroom

Put this link on your blog, wiki, or class page for free play by students. Be sure to bookmark on a classroom computer. This engaging game is challenging and provides many opportunities to stretch thinking. Play on an Interactive Whiteboard (or projector) in class with individual students or as teams. Create a Math Olympics by making this site a station on a computer or Interactive Whiteboard that student must rotate through to other stations. Other stations can include computer or paper and pencil activities to round out the Math Olympics.

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### Whyville - Mundeon

4 to 10

Enter the engaging virtual world of Whyville filled with math, science, art, and literature activities. Create an avatar and join in constructive educational activities that...more
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Enter the engaging virtual world of Whyville filled with math, science, art, and literature activities. Create an avatar and join in constructive educational activities that promote socially responsible behavior. There are many activities to explore, and you can chat with other users. The Zero Gravity Chamber features angles and the principle of Newton's 3rd Law. In the Rocket Design Lab simulate rockets to test parameters such as nozzle size and pay load. The Engine Lab has 3 games that teach about electric charges and ion engines. Citizens must be aware of infectious illnesses and plagues that infect the citizens of Whyville. Join in the hot air balloon race to analyze vector fields to navigate hot air balloons. Go on an art treasure hunt around the world. At the dance studio design and choreograph your own dances. Visit the beach, the climate center, take a swim, or meet your friends at the playground or waterfall. Simulations change every time you enter Whyville. Earn clams, a salary, manage a bank account, get a pet, and read the daily news. Log-in (with email) is required to fully participate in this site. However, most of the site is accessible without registration. Don't miss this award winning website!

tag(s): aircraft (25), animals (323), dance (28), diseases (72), logic (247), money (186), motion (70), puzzles (203), recycling (62), social skills (22), vectors (24)

#### In the Classroom

In the classroom, join as a teacher and manage each students account. Reinforce safe online behavior as your students explore opportunities for learning.The chat feature is a perfect opportunity practice safe interactions. Demonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a reward in your classroom or as a way to extend and enrich concepts learned in math and science. Offer Whyville as a safe enrichment tool for students to use at home. Encourage all students to join in the educational activities. Design a simplified version of this site for younger children with your class. Use one of the many animation tools available at the TeachersFirst Edge.

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### Vocabulary Web Games - Sheppard Software

2 to 12

Enjoy language arts interactives suited for elementary students through adult learners at Vocabulary Web Games. Elementary activities offer review of grammar and punctuation...more
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Enjoy language arts interactives suited for elementary students through adult learners at Vocabulary Web Games. Elementary activities offer review of grammar and punctuation concepts. Activities include Magical Capitals, Comma Chameleon, Adjective Adventure, and more. More advanced (secondary+) activities include practice SAT and GRE prep vocabulary, medical vocabulary, and computer vocabulary using a flash card format. Play word games such as word scramble and hangman by using the other interactive games on this site.

tag(s): capitalization (18), grammar (209), parts of speech (67), puzzles (203), test prep (99), verbs (39), vocabulary (320), vocabulary development (124)

#### In the Classroom

Create links to games and practice vocabulary on classroom computers for students to practice language arts skills. Have students preparing for the SAT/ACT or GRE take vocabulary quizzes to find unknown words. Complement this site by creating your own vocabulary flash cards using an online flashcard maker, like Flashcard Stash, reviewed here.

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### Magical Maths - Magical Maths

6 to 12

Magical Maths is a blog dedicated to exploring and sharing math concepts and teaching ideas from around the world. Some example topics include how to teach anyone to multiply any ...more
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tag(s): assessment (117), blogs (85), logic (247)

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This is an excellent site to bookmark/save as a favorite and visit often for interesting ideas to use in math class to promote thinking skills. Challenge your students to demonstrate their own understanding of a math concept by creating a video using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.

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### Brain Genie - CK12 Foundation

1 to 12

This STEM Initiative provides easy to understand and detailed videos about Math and Science concepts for grades 1-12. Choose from the categories: 1-8 Math, Algebra I, Chemistry, 6-8...more
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This STEM Initiative provides easy to understand and detailed videos about Math and Science concepts for grades 1-12. Choose from the categories: 1-8 Math, Algebra I, Chemistry, 6-8 Math, Precalculus, and more. Click to a specific topic within the category. View the video lesson and answer questions about material learned. If you miss a question, a pop up explains the topic again. You are directed to try to answer the questions again. Choose to review the topic again or move on to the next lesson. Practice and learn without registering or register to earn badges to show your progress through the topics.

tag(s): angles (88), area (73), cells (99), decimals (125), ecology (137), equations (152), evolution (102), fractions (229), game based learning (139), genetics (89), logic (247), molecules (45), money (186), operations (123), patterns (87), percent (81), perimeter (31), photosynthesis (33), place value (56), probability (141), problem solving (296), ratios (63), respiration (17), sequencing (29), STEM (184), volume (53)

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Find great ideas for using this tool in the classroom with this video. Be sure to include this link with your resources for students to find alternate explanations to topics for better understanding. Assign various topics as a review in addition to lecture and other classroom activities. Assign a specific topic (not already learned in class) for cooperative groups to view. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site/activity using a tool such as WordItOut, reviewed here. Take this a step further and ask students to create an interactive infographic explaining the words using Infogr.am, reviewed here.

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### JST Virtual Science Center Mind Lab - Japan Science and Technology Agency

6 to 12

Enter the laboratory of the mind and experience visual phenomena and illusions used in psychological experiments. Discover the mysteries of perception and how the brain unconsciously...more
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Enter the laboratory of the mind and experience visual phenomena and illusions used in psychological experiments. Discover the mysteries of perception and how the brain unconsciously interprets the incoming information to construct our visual world. This site is available in Japanese too. This site is slow to open at times.

tag(s): brain (68), optical illusions (13), perspective (10)

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In the classroom, intrigue your students with visual perception experiments. When you study the brain, spend some time looking at how it works. Use on your projector or interactive whiteboard to challenge your students' perceptions. Use in any science class, psychology, physiology, anatomy, or biology as a way to extend the curriculum into real world experiments. In language arts classes, study the concept of perception and how it influences understanding. How do writers use perception to build setting and characterization? Use as a model for science experiments or ways to present research.

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### Crash Course - John and Hank Green

6 to 12

Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute...more
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Join John and Hank Green on the you Tube channel, Crash Course. Crash Course consists of highly engaging video presentations that explain the basics on many topics: about 10-15 minute in length, humorous, and engaging! The general topic areas include World History, Literature, and US History. At the time of this review, biology topics include: the carbon cycle, water cycle, molecules, nutrition, animal and plant cells, photosynthesis, heredity, DNA, mitosis, meiosis, natural selection, evolution, genetics, taxonomy, evolution, simple animals, complex animals, animal behavior, various systems of the body, bacteria, protists, and even more. In literature, five videos cover subjects from Romeo and Juliet to The Great Gatsby. There are over forty world history topics: Agricultural revolution, Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, The Persians and Greeks, Buddha and Ashoka, Chinese History, Alexander the Great, The Roman Empire, Christianity from Judaism to Constantine, Fall of the Roman Empire, Islam the Quran, and the Five Pillars, Venice and Ottoman Empire, Russia, Columbus, The Spanish Empire, The French Revolution, Haitian Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Capitalism, Socialism, Imperialism, and many more. If your district blocks YouTube, they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.

Tip: to watch or share a video without the ads and clutter, use a tool such as ViewPure, reviewed here to watch the video ad-free!

tag(s): animals (323), bacteria (30), bill of rights (28), body systems (57), chinese (50), constitution (88), declaration of independence (13), evolution (102), genetics (89), greeks (33), literature (272), meiosis (15), mitosis (11), nutrition (158), religions (68), rome (24), romeo and juliet (6), russia (35), shakespeare (111), water cycle (32)

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Use as a way to introduce new topics or subjects to establish background knowledge. Share these videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard to provide an introduction (or review) on various topics. Use as an alternate way to help motivate your tech savvy students. Use as an example for a group project with the students planning, writing, and producing an informational video in the subject you are studying. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create videos and share them on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here. Be sure to point out the steps followed in teaching and learning in the videos. Independent learners and gifted students will love the opportunity to learn on their own using these videos. Instead of "games" for times when student finish work early, why not share the link to this YouTube channel and encourage them to keep a blog about what they discover.

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### Figure This - KnowNet Construction, Inc.

5 to 10

Looking for a way to add challenges to your middle school math curriculum or gifted classes? Try Figure This, a site of math challenges developed by the National Council of ...more
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Looking for a way to add challenges to your middle school math curriculum or gifted classes? Try Figure This, a site of math challenges developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Figure This offers a number of challenges in English and Spanish to be used in a classroom or offered to families for math challenges at home. A PowerPoint is included to help increase parent involvement. Learn why most manholes are round, how fast your heart beats, and numerous other interesting topics. At the time of this review, there were 80 "Challenges" to explore. All of high interest and intriguing topics! Although mainly math activity, many border on science topics as well. Each activity offers hints and answers explained in many ways. Finding the answer is rather tricky! Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for the link to Answer. Don't miss the Teachers Corner. It includes all beginning materials; PowerPoints, forms, and ideas you need to begin!

tag(s): critical thinking (121), geometric shapes (173), logic (247), percent (81), probability (141), problem solving (296), statistics (128)

#### In the Classroom

In the classroom, use Figure This to help differentiate instruction for all levels, especially the high-achievers and gifted students. Allow students to work independently, or work in pairs to solve challenges. Introduce the challenge on your interactive whiteboard projector. Then allow students to dive into the challenge! Use for gifted enrichment, or even a Math Challenge Day for a reward. Offer extra credit for the number of challenges solved. Use as a model to allow students to create their own challenges. Add to your website as a fun resource for students and families.