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    Secret Agent Stan
    Help Secret Agent Stan figure out the crime by doing his math. (Grades 3-8) 12/17/2004

    Inner Circle/Outer Circle Debate Strategy
    Inner/outer circle debate strategy emphasizes listening to others' views. (Grades 3-12) 12/15/2004

    Got the Time? (Math Word Problems)
    Word problems put students' time-telling skills to practical use. (Grades 3-8) 12/14/2004

    "Concentration" Review Game
    Create a Concentration-style review game for any subject. (Grades K-12) 12/13/2004 

    Create Your Own Homophone Work Sheets
    Everything you need for a great homonym activity. (Grades K-12) 12/10/2004

    Bubble Blast
    Bubbles inspire learning, fun -- and they clean desks too. (Grades K-8) 12/09/2004 

    15 Relays for Field Days
    Fifteen fun relays for anytime PE fun. (Grades K-8) 12/08/2004

    The Following-Directions Follies
    A challenging "following directions" activity for all ages. (Grades K-12) 12/07/2004 

    Pet Perspective
    Explore the world from the point of view of a favorite pet. (Grades K-12) 12/06/2004 

    Friendly Feud
    Play the "Friendly Feud" game when reviewing for a test. (Grades K-12) 12/03/2004 

    Popcorn Science
    Five simple science experiments explain what makes popcorn pop. (Grades K-12) 12/02/2004

    Using Fairy Tales to Debate Ethics
    Use fairy tales to debate ethics in the classroom. (Grades K-8) 12/01/2004

    "Carousel Brainstorm" Book Report
    A fun way to review a book the whole class has read. (Grades K-12) 11/30/2004 

    Design a Navajo Rug -- A Lesson in Symmetry
    Create a Navajo rug; a lesson in symmetry. (Grades 3-8) 11/29/2004

    Native American Glossary
    Create a glossary of words with Native American origins. (Grades 3-8) 11/24/2004

    Map Your Favorite Sports Team's Next Road Trip
    Use maps to chart a favorite sports team's next road trip. (Grades 3-12) 11/23/2004

    The Average Kid
    Create visual profiles of the "average" boy/girl in your class. (Grades 3-8) 11/22/2004

    Multiplication Bee
    Stage a "Multiplication Bee." (Grades 3-5) 11/19/2004

    Native American Misconceptions
    Blast students' stereotypes about Native Americans. (Grades K-5) 11/18/2004

    Drafting the Declaration of Independence
    The Declaration of Independence: compare Jefferson's draft with the final version. (Grades 6-12) 11/17/2004

    There Is Always Something You Can Do
    Teach a song to help students deal with anger. (Grades K-2) 11/16/2004

    Piecing It Together!
    Use tiny pieces of state maps as clues to figuring out the state. (Grades 3-12) 11/15/2004 

    Fun With Numbers
    Use Lakota Indian number words to solve math problems. (Grades 3-5) 11/12/2004

    Anti-Smoking Letter Writing Campaign
    Write a letter to encourage a friend not to smoke. (Grades 3-12) 11/11/2004

    Poetry of War and Peace
    Use "In Flanders Fields" to inspire poetry writing. (Grades 6-12) 11/10/2004

    Smoking Danger Demonstration
    Demonstrate the dangers of smoking. (Grades K-12) 11/09/2004

    Guide Word Sentences
    Creative writing: write sentences using guide words on a dictionary page. (Grades 3-8) 11/08/2004

    Around-the-Room Review
    The "around the room" review game engages everyone. (Grades K-12) 11/05/2004

    Report on a Reporter
    Invite a news reporter to visit class; write news reports about the visit. (Grades 3-12) 11/04/2004

    Cutting Costs With Coupons
    Clip newspaper food coupons, add up the savings. (Grades 3-8) 11/03/2004

    What Happened?
    Explore legends surrounding volcanoes, write your own legend. (Grades 3-12) 11/02/2004

    Civil War Recipes
    Prepare foods Civil War soldiers might have eaten. (Grades K-12) 11/01/2004

    The Wall Inspires Letters to Veterans
    Inspire students to write letters to veterans at local hospitals. (Grades K-12) 10/29/2004

    Globe Game
    Challenging "Globe Game" develops geography skills. (Grades K-12) 10/28/2004

    "Write-a-Letter-to-the-Teacher" Book Report
    Combine writing a book report with writing a friendly letter. (Grades K-5) 10/27/2004

    Electoral Versus Popular Vote
    A simple lesson teaches about workings of the Electoral College. 10/26/2004

    Immigrant Arrivals
    Compare the experience of immigrants at Ellis and Angel Islands. (Grades 6-12) 10/25/2004

    Ball and Triangle Game
    Create a modern version of an old Native American children's game. (Grades K-8) 10/22/2004

    The Alphabet Game
    Use alphabet cards to play a small-group spelling game. (Grades K-8) 10/21/2004

    The Electoral College
    When has the Electoral College been a factor in an election? (Grades 3-12) 10/20/2004

    Boomerang Fun
    Learn about boomerangs, create them in different styles. (Grades 3-5) 10/19/2004

    Guide Word Game
    Students locate dictionary guide words in this timed team game. (Grades 3-8) 10/18/2004

    Word-zles
    Wordzle puzzles make fun thinking activities. (Grades 3-12) 10/15/2004

    Five-O
    Use logic and deductive reasoning to guess a vocab word in this team game. (Grades 3-12) 10/14/2004

    Human Body Simon Says Game
    Play a fun human-body Simon Says game. (Grades K-12) 10/13/2004

    Track the Polls
    Students track poll results before Election Day. (Grades 6-12) 10/12/2004

    Be on the Lookout!
    Students create "Wanted" posters for destructive bugs. (Grades 3-5, 6-8) 10/11/2004

    Best-Selling Books Bar Graph
    Create a graph of the best-selling children's books of all time. (Grades K-5) 10/08/2004

    Growing Coral
    Learn about coral reefs by growing coral. (Grades 3-8) 10/07/2004

    The Play's the Thing
    Help students stage this play about the election of 1876, in which Samuel Tilden lost the presidency to Rutherford B. Hayes by one electoral vote -- despite his victory in the popular vote. (Grades 9-12) 10/06/2004

    Bug Me While I'm Eating!
    Compare nutritional value of insects to that of your favorite foods. (Grades 3-12) 10/05/2004

    Create a BIG Book
    Create a "big book" edition of a favorite story. (Grades K-2) 10/01/2004

    My Own Picture Dictionary
    Students create personal picture dictionaries. (Grades K-2) 09/29/04

    Magic Sum
    Learn a "magic" trick as you practice two-digit addition. (Grades 3-8) Math 09/28/04

    How did Civil war soldiers battle boredom?
    Battling boredom in Civil War days; a Venn diagram activity. 09/27/04

    Wacky Word Play
    Combine students' love of word games and drawing. (Grades 3-12) 09/24/04

    Nuts for Peanuts! --
    Peanut Plants, Peanut Timeline, and Peanut-s-timation!

    Peanuts spur activities across the curriculum and across the grades. (Grades K-5) 09/23/04

    Probability with M & Ms
    Explore probability; predict the occurrence of each M&M color. (Grades 3-8) 09/22/04

    Drafting the Gettysburg Address
    Compare the draft to the final version of the Gettysburg Address. (Grades 6-12) 09/21/04

    Adding Note Values
    Use musical note values to complete math problems. (Grades 3-8) 09/20/04

    Tabloid Tales
    Write a story for one of these unbelievable tabloid news headlines. (Grades 3-12) 09/17/04

    Write a Caption!
    Write captions for amusing photos. (Grades 4-12) 09/16/04

    And You Thought Gasoline Was Expensive!
    Compare the cost of a gallon of gas to a gallon of other liquids. (Grades 3-12) 09/15/04

    A Unique Drawing Experience
    With one set of directions, everyone creates a unique work of art. 09/14/04

    Vegetable Rock Garden
    Grow vegetable sections without soil. (Grades K-5) 09/13/04

    'Indescribably' Excellent Descriptions
    Engage students in writing "indescribably excellent" descriptions. (Grades K-12) 09/10/04

    Review Game
    This review game can be adapted to any subject, any grade. (Grades K-12) 09/09/04

    Create a Galactic Mobile
    Students learn about the Milky Way and create a galactic mobile. (Grades 2-5) 09/08/04

    In Your Opinion: Are Athletes Heroes?
    Stage a classroom debate of the question "Are athletes heroes?" (Grades 6-12) 09/07/04

    Geography Twister
    Students exercise while they play this fun geography game based on Twister. (Grades K-12) 09/03/04

    Goldilocks: The Sequel
    Write a sequel to the classic story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." (Grades 3-8) 09/02/04

    The Human Body: A Life-Size Model on Paper
    Create life-size diagram of the human body. (Grades K-12) 09/01/04

    Germs Experiment 2
    Use glitter to demonstrate how germs travel. (Grades K-5) 08/31/04

    The Million $ Mission
    Calculate the quickest way to earn $1 million in one month. (Grades 3-12) 08/30/04

    What's in a Name?
    Learn about states whose names have Native American origins. (Grades 3-12) 08/27/04

    Take a Stand!
    A unique, fun approach to a classroom discussion/debate. (Grades 3-12) 08/26/04

    Around the World
    A simple and fun game for reviewing math facts. (Grades 1-6) 08/25/04

    Civil War Photos Tell a Story
    Create a Bill of Rights for a colony you are founding on a distant planet. (Grades 5-12) 08/24/04

    Biography Chat
    Conduct interviews with historic figures in a TV talk-show format. (Grades 3-12) 08/23/04

    Favorite Reading Topics
    Students survey their classmates reading preferences. (Grades K-8) 08/20/04

    Rock My World
    Hands-on activity demonstrates how continents, oceans formed. (Grades 6-8) 08/19/04

    Simon Says "Who Are You?"
    This Simon Says game highlights students similarities, differences. (Grades K-5) 08/18/04

    Planet X
    Create a Bill of Rights for a colony you are founding on a distant planet. (Grades 3-8) 08/17/04

    Comparing Ancient and Modern Olympic Games
    Create a Venn diagram to compare ancient and modern Olympic Games. (Grades 3-12) 08/16/04

    Classroom Olympics
    Create your own classroom Olympics. 08/13/04

    Let Your Fingers Do the Estimating
    Estimate the number of phone listings in you local telephone directory. (Grades 3-12) 08/12/04

    Math BINGO
    Adapt the game of BINGO for reviewing math facts. (Grades K-12) 08/11/04

    True or False?
    Students complete a tutorial on Web literacy and identify Web hoaxes. (Grades 6-12) 08/10/04

    The Recycle Games
    Youve heard of the Olympic Games. How about the Recycle Games? (Grades K-12) 08/09/04

    Bueno Brothers' Bean Dip
    How many words can be formed from a scoop of lima bean letters. (Grades K-8) 08/06/04

    Parachute Drop
    Follow directions to create parachutes that safely carry paperclip passengers. (Grades K-4) 08/05/04

    Ten Prompts for Student Writing
    Ten prompts for engaging writing assignments. Take your pick! (Grades 3-8) 08/04/04

    Cafeteria Compost
    Use lunchroom food scraps and yard clippings to create a compost pile. (Grades K-12) 08/03/04

    Fun With Origami!
    Hands-on activities teach about origami, an Asian paper-folding art form. (Grades 3-12) 08/02/04

    Dead Word Wall Kills Overused Words
    Create a "Dead Word Wall" to "kill" words overused in student writing. (Grades K-12) 07/30/04

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