Have your students ever heard of an interlock puzzle? An interlock puzzle is a seemingly whole object that actually consists of several different pieces that are assembled together in such a way that it won’t fall apart when released. The difficulty with these types of puzzles is on how they can be disassembled and re-assembled back together.
This smartboard game provides players with several different interlock puzzles, and challenges them to dismantling the figures (the use of the keyboard is required, and a Smartboard Wand is highly recommended). The puzzles become increasingly difficult as the students progress, which in turn exercises both their patience and their logical thinking.
Group play can be conducted by giving each team a time limit to complete the most number of puzzles that they can. The group who finishes the most (or who solves the last puzzle the game can provide) wins.
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It can’t be difficult to move stones so that they’re all sitting beside one another, right? But what if, instead of lifting them, you can only move them in a straight line, in a limited space? How many moves will you have to make before all the stones are together?
This puzzle challenges your students’ logical thinking (along with yours) by asking them to slide a given set of rounded stones into one of four directions until all five of the same color are touching. Not only will they have to use each stage’s terrain to meet their objective; sometimes the stones’ positions themselves will help them.
There are many ways to turn this game into a challenge for group play. The students can play a certain number of levels, the winning group of which would be the ones where the least number of moves were made. Alternatively, the groups would play until the stars awarded by the game are less than a certain number the teacher had set – whomever reaches the farthest level wins. Or this could, once again, be a game where the students can pit themselves against their teacher to see who is better. Whichever mode is chosen, this game is sure to be fun and challenging for everybody!
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How many words can your students form from the ones given in the box? Do they have a huge enough vocabulary to form complex words that would give them higher points? Are they fast enough to fill up their word list before the clock runs out… and before a rival student group steals their letters?
Word Magic is reminiscent to the classic Boggle game, except that the letters forming the words do not have to be adjacent to each other. When the player forms his word and clicks on the “GO” button, the chosen letters are then replaced with others.
Though the game can be played in single player mode (where a student, or a group of students, try to collect enough points from their words within the given time), it also has a multiplayer mode, where the game automatically matches your students against other players from another class… or school… or even another country! The multiplayer game is then played in real time, where students race to use a letter before their rivals do; if they did end up using the same letter, the points for the word is forfeited!
How good is your class against what could possibly be the world? Perhaps a tournament could be arranged to find out!
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Today’s smartboard resource comes from the great site Teacher’s Love Smartboard:
The activity is extremely thorough and provides a great introduction to electric circuits for students aged 7 through 11. The Blobz Guide has five sections: What Are Circuits, Conductors and Insulators, Switches, Changing a Circuit, and Circuit Diagrams. In each section, students go through a basic information activity, a hands-on reinforcement activity, and an assessment activity. Not only does the Blobz Guide utilize solid learning principals, it’s extremely easy (and fun) to navigate.
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