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Interactive Sites to Challenge Your Thinking

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Interactive Sites to Challenge Your Thinking

Interactive Sites to Challenge Your Thinking:

    20 Questions: On this site you think of an object and the computer will ask you

    questions and try to guess what your object is in 20 questions or less. Can you beat the

    computer? http://www.20q.net

    Armada: Strategy game you play against the computer. Just like the board game,

    Battleship! http://scv.bu.edu/~aarondf/java/battleship.html Brain Bashers: This exciting collection of brain teasers, games and optical illusions

    are on a site that has been certified as safe for all ages.

    http://www.brainbashers.com/safe/

Brain Boosters: A categorized archive of challenging Brain Boosters put together by

    Discovery School. http://school.discovery.com/brainboosters/

Brain Food: Collection of hundreds of puzzles, ranging from word games to logic

    problems to riddles. Some are tricky. Some require innovation. All require thinking

    power. Good luck! http://www.rinkworks.com/brainfood/

Braingle: Has over 7,000 brain teasers, riddles, logic problems and mind puzzles

    submitted and ranked by users like you. http://www.braingle.com/

Brain Teasers 2: A web site from the University of Ole Miss with tons of math brain

    teasers. http://www.olemiss.edu/mathed/brain/

    Brainteasers, Puzzles and Riddles: Visit this NIEH site to find a great selection

    of challenges just for you. Be sure to check out the optical illusions!!

    http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/braint.htm

    Brain Teaser Web Site: Weekly math-related brainteasers for grades 3-4, 5-6 and

    7+. Can participate and submit answers weekly or go to the archive and try to solve past

    brainteasers. http://www.eduplace.com/math/brain/ Checkers/Chess: Play checkers or chess against the computer.

    http://darkfish.com/checkers/Checkers.html

    http://pine.cs.yale.edu:4201/cgi-bin/chessplayer •Count on Math: Great math site with lots of games to test your skills and problem

    solving abilities!! Click on games and try your hand at the Who Wants to Be a Mathinaire game!! Can you win $1,000,000??? Put your math skills to the test! http://www.counton.org/

    •Crickler: A word puzzle each day based on current news events. http://crickler.com/

Cyberchase - Tons of cool games that make you think!

    http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/games.html

    Dots & Boxes: Strategy game you play against the computer.

    http://www.well.com/user/argv/java/dots.html Fraction Four: Like the game, Connect Four, but you cannot put a piece down until

    you answer a fraction problem. Covers fractions, percents, decimals and some Algebra.

    http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/fgame/ FunBrain: Great interactive games for ages 6 and up. Covers all subject areas. There

    are even challenges for parents and children to work on together!

    http://www.funBrain.com/

    Fun School: Pre-K - 6th grade level links to games that cover many areas, from math

    to reading to critical thinking. http://www.funschool.com/php/games/games.php

    Game-A-Day: Enjoy a new word game, word search, brainteaser, trivia game,

    anagram, cryptogram, crossword and more each weekday! Two levels of difficulty.

    http://www.agameaday.com/

    Gamequariam: This site provides over 1500 games - test your skill! Games are

    grouped for Pk-2 and 3-6+. http://gamequarium.com/ The Grey Labyrinth: This site provides challenging puzzles for older students

    (middle - high school). http://www.greylabyrinth.com/index.htm

    Interactive Mathematics Puzzles: Click on the games & puzzles links and try your hand at some challenging puzzles. Other links on the main page provide for some

    challenging thinking as well. Younger students will need help with directions.

    http://www.cut-the-knot.com/

Jigsaw Puzzles: Super puzzles to put together! Lots to choose from..

    http://www.gamequarium.com/jigsaw.html

JigZone: Free, fun online jigsaw puzzles. http://www.jigzone.com/

•Kids Love a Mystery: Use these fun-filled mysteries to teach critical thinking, logic

    and reasoning. http://www.kidsloveamystery.com/

•Logic Puzzles: Teachers create your own logic and Saduko puzzles with a paid

    subscription - try out the free

    samples!! http://www.edhelper.com/logic_puzzles.htm

My Secret Number - the computer thinks of a number and you select questions to try

    to guess what that number is. How many questions did it take you to get it?

    http://www.theproblemsite.com/games/secretnumber.asp

Odd Ball Out: A strategy game you play against the computer - you can take 1 or 2

    balls and put them in the bin. The object is to make the computer take the last ball.

    http://arcytech.org/java/oddball/oddball.html

•Optical Illusions: Click on any of the links below to view a variety of optical

    illusions. Are you eyes deceiving you?

     -Skytopia: http://www.skytopia.com/project/illusion/illusion.html

     -Illusion Works: http://psylux.psych.tu-

    dresden.de/i1/kaw/diverses%20Material/www.illusionworks.com/html/jump_page.h

    tml

     -Magic Eye: http://www2.imm.dtu.dk/~uniaaa/MagicEye/MagicEyeAnim.html

Paper, Scissors, Rock: Allows you to play this classic against the computer. Good

    for making predictions and discussing probability.

     http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Park/4543/psr.html

Peg Puzzle: Can you move all the red pegs and blue pegs from one side to the other.

    How many turns did it take you? Remember your pegs can't move backwards.

    http://matti.usu.edu/nlvm/nav/frames_asid_182_g_3_t_1.html

Puzzle Club: Come and play games and solve a lot of puzzles.

    http://www.puzzleclub.org/pchead.htm

Puzzlemaker: Create your own puzzles. Everything from crosswords, to word

    searches, to mazes! Lots of fun! http://www.puzzlemaker.com/

Puzzle Parlor: Great puzzles where you have many shapes that you have to fit in a

    puzzle. You can turn and rotate the pieces as needed. Three challenge levels!

    http://www.gamepuzzles.com/pparlor/puzzleparlmm.html Quia: Great site for games and quizzes for all ages and all subjects. The Quia

    Directory is free. You must get a paid subscription to create your own games and quizzes.

    http://www.quia.com/

    •Quiz Hub: How well do you know your U.S. Presidents, chemical elements and

    multiplication facts? Visit this site to test yourself on these topics and more. Try your

    hand at SAT Vocabulary, too! Also great links to logic and word puzzles.

    http://quizhub.com/quiz/quizhub.cfm

    Rainy Day Playhouse: Collection of puzzles, games, and strategies to challenge

    players. http://www.pen-web.com/rainyday/puzzle.htm

•Squiqley’s Playhouse: Collection of puzzles, quizzes, brainteasers, etc. Great for

    elementary age children. http://www.squiglysplayhouse.com/

Sudoku: This popular number puzzle is now online. There are tons of games from easy

    to just plain evil! http://www.websudoku.com/

Tac Tix: The goal is to force the other player (the computer) to remove the last counter.

    On any turn, you may remove 1-4 counters from either a single row or a single column.

    The counters must be on adjacent squares.

    http://www.math.com/students/puzzles/TacTix/TacTix.html Take a Quiz: Kids can take quizzes in the categories of General Information, Science,

    or Geography. They can also select an age group. They must enter a first name or

    nickname to take the quiz. http://TakeAQuiz.com/ Tic Tac Toe (3D): You've never played Tic Tac Toe like this. Can you get four in a

    row on one board or on all four? Can you beat the computer cat?

    http://www.mathcats.com/explore/puzzles/3dtictactoe.html Triple Quintzee: Strategy game like Triple Yhatzee. Younger students will need

    help with the directions. http://scv.bu.edu/~aarondf/java/quintzee.html The Ultimate Puzzle Site: Collection of puzzles with levels of difficulty. The one

    & two star levels are best for upper elementary children.

    http://www.dse.nl/puzzle/index_us.html

    Wacky Wordies: The object of these challenges is to determine a familiar phrase,

    saying, or word from each set of letters and/or symbols. Some are obvious and

    easy. Some are not so obvious and quite challenging.

     -http://www.scar.utoronto.ca/~01perric/games/wackywordies.html

     -http://www.creativepuzzels.nl/spel/speel1/puzzel37-2.htm

     -http://www.ottawavalleyguide.ca/whackywordies.html

     -http://www.wordies.ca/wdy1.html

    •White House for Kids' Math Challenge: Choose your level (elementary to high school - can you solve the current problem? Visit the archive for more challenges!!

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/math/index.html •White House for Kids' Quizzes and Games: See if you can answer the quiz questions. Topics range from the Constitution to Presidents & Baseball to White House

    Pets. Lots of word games and concentration too!

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/games/index.html Back to the top.

Web Projects:

    The following links connect you to a variety of web-based projects

    including:

     virtual field trips, webquests, hotlists, treasure hunts, online projects!

    Virtual Field Trips:

    •Australia Downunder: Tour the land down under on this site created by two eighth

    grade students. http://library.thinkquest.org/28994/index.html •Colonial Williamsburg: This site provides students with a virtual field trip of

    Colonial Williamsburg. http://www.history.org •Culture Capsules: This site was created by midlevel ESL students about their

    various cultures. Rich in text and pictures.

    http://www.lclark.edu/~krauss/ortesol98/home.html#master •Explore Ancient Egypt: Great virtual field trip! You need QuickTime VR to use

    this site effectively. http://cgi.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/egypt •Fieldtrip Earth: Explore wildlife conservation projects in real time all around the

    world! http://www.fieldtripearth.org/trips.xml Inside the White House: This PBS sponsored site takes you on a virtual tour of the

    White House as you become president for the day!

    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/96/whitehouse/whhome.html •Journey with CARE, a Collection of Virtual Field Trips: Journey with CARE

    to Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Ghana, Bolivia, Haiti, Kosovo, Madagascar, Nepal, Mali,

    or Honduras to learn about the people of these countries. http://www.careusa.org/features/vfts.asp

    •Space Doctor: You are the doctor, responsible for the health of your crew on this mission to

    Mars. Will they all survive the trip??

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/playspace/games/spacedoctor/space_doctor.shtml

    •Virtual Field Trips - Tech Trekers: Use this site to link to a variety of online field trips. http://www.techtrekers.com/virtualft.htm

    •Virtual Field Trips - Tram Line: Use this site to link to a variety of terrific online field trips.

    http://www.field-guides.com/

    •Virtual Field Trips - Utah Education Network: Use this site to link to a variety of online field trips or create your own field trips! http://www.uen.org/utahlink/tours/ Virtual Field Trips - Walter McKenzie: This site provides links to a wide variety of

    online field trips. You can also submit a field trip you've designed! http://surfaquarium.com/IT/vft.htm

    Virtually Hawaii: Travel around and learn about Hawaii on this virtual field trip!

    http://satftp.soest.hawaii.edu/space/hawaii/

    Back to Web Projects.

    Webquests:

    •Best WebQuests: This site celebrates the "best" webquests for the

    classroom. Grouped by grade level and subject area. http://bestwebquests.com/ •Filamentality: A fill-in-the blank interactive web site that guides you through picking

    a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet sites, and turning Web resources into

    activities appropriate for learners. Conduct a search for hotlists, treasure hunts and other

    activities created by teachers through Filamentality on a variety of subjects. http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/

    •Frank Potter's Science Gems: Offers a wide variety of science topics available in

    WebQuest format. http://www.can-do.com/uci/k12-lessons.html •Internet Tools - WebQuests: Great links to webquest

    sources! http://tlc.epsb.ca/InternetProjects/webquests.htm SESD Teacher Resources: Outstanding site containing many webquests. Organized by

    subject area. http://sesd.sk.ca/teacherresource/webquest/webquest.htm •WebQuests 101: Everything you want to know about webquests!.

    http://www.teachersfirst.com/summer/webquest/quest-b.shtml •The WebQuest Page: Enter the Portal and click on top and middling on the left to access grade level/subject lists of webquests created by educators.

    http://webquest.sdsu.edu/webquest.html

    •Welcome WebQuests: Hundreds of webquests to link to and use in your classroom! http://www.techtrekers.com/webquests/VFT

    Back to Web Projects.

    Hotlists:

•Filamentality: A fill-in-the blank interactive web site that guides you through picking

    a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet sites, and turning Web resources into

    activities appropriate for learners. Conduct a search for hotlists, treasure hunts and other

    activities created by teachers through Filamentality on a variety of subjects. http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/

    TrackStar: This online creation tool allows users to integrate websites into their lesson plans. You

    can use and/or edit lessons already created and search for them by topic and grade level.

    http://trackstar.hprtec.org/

    Back to Web Projects.

    Treasure Hunts:

    •Cyberbee Treasure Hunts: Visit this site to see treasure hunts for each content area in the

    elementary classroom. http://www.cyberbee.com/hunts.html •Exciting Internet Treasure Hunts: Find treasure hunts from A to Z at this site.

    http://www.montana.edu/4teachers/instcomp/hunts/treasurehunts.html#HEALTH%20TOPICS

    •Filamentality: A fill-in-the blank interactive web site that guides you through picking

    a topic, searching the Web, gathering good Internet sites, and turning Web resources into

    activities appropriate for learners. Conduct a search for hotlists, treasure hunts and other

    activities created by teachers through Filamentality on a variety of subjects. http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/

    •Scavenger Hunts & Treasure Hunts: This site has a sampling of online treasure hunts for

    students of all ages. http://homepage.mac.com/cohora/ext/internethunts.html •Thinking Through Linking: Tips for selecting sites and creating your own treasure

    hunts. Great samples on China and Black History.

    http://www.ozline.com/learning/thinking.html

    Back to Web Projects.

    Online Projects:

    •CIESE Online Classroom Projects: Detailed, practical, fun online projects in all

    content areas to use in your classroom! Sponsored by the Center for Improved

    Engineering and Science Education. http://www.ciese.org/currichome.html

    •Cyberbee Online Projects: Postcard Geography and Westward Ho! are two online

    projects at this site. http://www.cyberbee.com/projects.html

•Geogame: An excellent online project that develops children’s geographical skills and

    has them scrambling to use reference materials as they search for places around the world.

    Check it out! http://gsh.lightspan.com/project/gg/index.cfm •Global SchoolNet: Highly recommended site for educators. Offers Internet projects

    and lesson ideas from around the world. Also lots of contests for kids to participate in.

    http://www.gsn.org/

    •Intercultural E-Mail Classroom Connections: Webpage for IECC Projects, a great listserve with online projects for classes to participate in. Subscribe to this to

    receive postings through e-mail - the projects are not posted on the website. http://www.stolaf.edu/network/iecc/

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    Books and Materials:

    Critical & Creative Thinking for the Gifted: A leading publisher of resources for gifted students. http://www.criticalthinking.com/

    Great Potential Press: Resources for gifted education.

    http://www.giftedbooks.com/

    Prufrock Press: The website of one of the leading publishers of resources for gifted

    education. You may purchase books online or by calling 1-800-998-2208. http://www.prufrock.com/

    The Zephyr: Resource for professional books in the areas of GT, Brain Research,

    Social/Emotional Development, Critical Thinking, Differentiation and more. 3316 N. Chapel Ave., Tucson, AZ 85716-1416; 1-800-232-2187

    http://www.zephyrpress.com/

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    Advanced Placement:

    ACT Assessment: Visit this site to get all the information you need about the ACT

    test. http://www.act.org/aap/

    AP Central: This site from the College Board has all the information you need about

    advanced placement programs and opportunities.

    http://www.tea.state.tx.us/gted/AP_IB.html

    The College Board: Connecting Students to College Success: The College Board is a not-for-profit membership association whose mission is to connect students to

college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the association is composed of more

    than 5,000 schools, colleges, universities, and other educational organizations. Each year,

    the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools,

    and 3,500 colleges through major programs and services in college admissions, guidance,

    assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning. Among its best-known

    programs are the SAT?, the PSAT/NMSQT?, and the Advanced Placement Program?

    (AP?). The College Board is committed to the principles of excellence and equity, and

    that commitment is embodied in all of its programs, services, activities, and concerns.

    The website provides comprehensive information for students, educators and parents..

     http://www.collegeboard.com/splash

    My College Quick Start: If you took the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2006, you have access to

    My College QuickStart, a free personalized planning kit based on your test results. http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/psat/psatextra.html

    TEA - AP/IB Incentives: This site from the Texas Education Agency features

    quick links and other valuable resources about advanced placement and international

    baccalaureate programs in Texas. http://www.tea.state.tx.us/gted/AP_IB.html Back to the top.

    Competitions:

    Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition: Students of all races and ethnicities research, interview, and write about African Americans in their own local

    communities throughout the State of Texas. For students in grades 9-12. Deadline for

    entries is March 5, 2007. http://www.utexas.edu/world/barbarajordan/ Center for Gifted Studies - Think Out Loud!: Two contests related to the creation of public service announcements. Public Relations Illustrated Slogan Contest deadline March 1, 2007 Grades 4-12. Public Relations Video Contest deadline March 1, 2007 Grades 4-12. www.wku.edu/gifted

    Destination ImagiNation: Destination ImagiNation is a community-based, school-

    friendly program that builds participants' creativity, problem solving, and teamwork in

    enjoyable and meaningful ways. Teams of five to seven members work together to apply

    creativity, critical thinking and their particular talents to solve a Team

    Challenge. http://www.idodi.org/ (national site) http://www.texasdi.org/ (Texas site)

    Education in Action: Education in Action's experiential learning programs empower

    young Texans to be informed and active leaders in their communities. Check out the Lone Star Leadership Academy Program. http://www.educationinaction.org/ Knowledge Master: A challenging, low-cost academic competition in which teams

    of students compete -- nationally and internationally -- without leaving their own schools.

The KMO began in 1983 with 72 schools; it now annually attracts up to 4,000 schools

    and 60,000 participants from the U.S. and several foreign lands. This site provides

    practice through weekly quizzes and a daily question you can receive through e-mail or

    access off of the site. http://www.greatauk.com/ Odyssey of the Mind: This international educational program provides creative

    problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Kids apply

    their creativity to solve problems ranging from building mechanical devices to presenting

    interpretations of literary classics. They then compete at local, state, and/or World

    levels. http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/ Poetry Society of Texas Student Awards: Contests for all grades. Most have a March 1, 2007 deadline. http://www.poetrysocietyoftexas.org/pst_student.html

     Texas History Mystery Video Convergence Project: Pair up with a 4th or 7th

    grade class In Texas to participate in an interactive video conference event. Each class

    presents their Texas History Mystery. Can you guess the mysteries of the other

    classes? Will they solve your mystery? The next competition will be in March during

    Texas History

    Week. http://www.humbleisd.net/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=7194

    Texas State Mathematics League: Contests for Grades 4-8, Algebra 1 and High School Most contests are held in the second semester Fee of $30.00 for set of

    30. www.mathleague.com

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