Brain Teasers

Name:Brain Teasers

Brief Description of the Site:
Sponsored by publisher Houghton Mifflin, this colorful site offers thought-provoking questions for three age groups: 3-4, 5-6,and 7-8. Each Wednesday a new question is added, but the past three weeks’ worth of questions, and, more importantly, answers, are available. Some questions are arithmetic-oriented, such as why is 6 a “perfect number†and others involve logical thinking. All are simple enough for the target audience. Be advised that although the site provides the correct answer for past questions it does not explain the answer — which means that either a teacher, a peer team, or an older student will have to step up to the plate.

How to use the site:
A good site for developing thinking skills. As noted, although the correct answers are available, explanations are not provided. This creates the opportunity for group work to collaborate on explaining why a correct answer is correct. Groups can also be encouraged to create semi-original brain teasers based on the content on which they’ve been working.

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