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The Grey Labyrinth Grades 6 to 12

Here’s a collection of visually impressive math and logic brain-busters to challenge your class puzzlemasters. The collection changes from time to time, and the game-quality graphics make the site especially attractive to those who have grown up on video games.
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10Ticks Grades 6 to 12

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.
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AIMS Puzzle Corner Grades 4 to 12 AIMS Education Foundation

Puzzles are highly motivational tools that capture the imaginations of students. To infiltrate the classroom with a vibrant brand of problem solving, this site offers a tantalizing educational bait-and-hook in the form of a new puzzle each month. Clearly illustrates puzzles and solutions.
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Brain Binders Grades 4 to 8 Teachnet.com

This is a collection of instructions for puzzles involving paper folding. The site includes patterns which you can download and print.
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Brain Teasers Grades 3 to 8 Houghton Mifflin

This site posts a weekly brain teaser for each of several levels. Bookmark it for your students to try, challenge advanced students with higher levels, or post the teasers as the Question of the Week, then check for the answers in a week. Archives allow you to find many past problems as well.
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BrainQuest Grades 4 to 12 Workman Publishing

Subtitled “it’s OK to be smart,” this site offers a collection of games, puzzles and activities designed to challenge active minds. There are also original articles, a 2-minute quiz, and a post card feature.
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Chess for Kids Grades 4 to 12 Thinkquest

Don’t let the origins of this Thinkquest site fool you; this is a fully developed instructional site about chess from two students who have mastered the game. More importantly, they’ve been able to describe strategies and chess information in terms that are clear and understandable. There are levels for all abilities from beginner to expert. Well worth a visit.
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ChessKids Grades 4 to 12

This site promotes chess, school chess clubs, and chess competitions. It offers free templates and other materials which can simplify running a chess club. There are instructional sections as well, but the focus is on getting students involved with the game.
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ChessWise Grades 4 to 12 Mindwise Media

Here’s an entire site devoted to chess, from entry level to serious competitor. There’s a whole range of tutorials and simulations, as well as links to some commercial products and services. Worth a look if you have students who are into chess, or if you’re after a strategy game site.
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Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors’ Program Grades 4 to 12 NSTA

The National Science Teachers’ Association offers this competition for science students at various levels. The site offers entry information, resources, and examples. If you’re looking for more than a simple science fair, check this one out.
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Cryptic Manor Puzzle Solvers Grades 6 to 12 National Security Agency

Here’s a collection of math puzzles, magic squares, and the like presented by the cryptographers at the National Security Agency. This is a nice collection of interactive math activities that require some real thought. These puzzles are surprisingly kid-friendly, though some of the screen interface is a little rough. Well worth a visit.
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Did You Know Grades 1 to 12


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Dr. Matrix’ Mind Games Grades 4 to 8


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Educated Guess Grades 1 to 12 San Diego State Univ.


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Enchanted Mind Puzzles Grades 4 to 8

This collection of Java-based puzzles should be sufficient to challenge even the most devoted of your “puzzle people.” There are computer-based versions of Mastermind, Rubik’s cube, and nearly a dozen other thinking and reasoning games. Each offers its own set of logic and mathematical challenges. Great site for students who need an extra challenge.
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Fifty Ideas for the 100th Day of School Grades 1 to 8 TeachersFirst

Here’s a list of 50 things you and your students can do to celebrate the 100th day of school!
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FIRST Competition Grades 4 to 12 FIRST

Created by inventor Dean Kamen, this competition encourages students in different age groups to team up and tackle challenges in robotics, physics, and engineering. The site offers detailed instructions as well as information on previous competitions – including some examples.
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If you have students who are serious competitors, this would be a great challenge.


 
Go Grades 1 to 12 Jan van der Steen

Here’s a Dutch site full of information about the deceptively simple oriental game. There are listings of competitions, rules, and all manner of resources for players. If you’re a go fan, this site is for you.
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Grand Illusions Grades 6 to 12

Here’s a collection of surprisingly devlish illusions, mind-games, and other tricks to stump curious students. Most of these require little or no equipment, making them great for quick, indoor activities. If you have students who need an extra challenge, send them here.
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History of Recording Technology Grades 6 to 12

The design of this privately developed site shows its age, but users will find abundant content and visuals here. It just takes a little work. The site covers the evolution of technologies ranging from the earliest wax recordings to today’s DVDs. Along the way, users can learn about the people and processes that have helped sound and video recording develop.
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Teachers may want to guide their students’ use of this site.


 

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