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New Uses for a Paperclip

New Uses for a Paperclip

So what are some new ways to use a paperclip?

A Lunar Survival Mission

A Lunar Survival Mission

A favorite of mine! This task is delightfully complex and ambiguous, forcing students to make choices without enough information and with no right answer. How will they survive on the moon for three days?

SCAMPER: Scaffolding Creativity

SCAMPER: Scaffolding Creativity

Asking students to "think creatively" won't get you far. They won't know how to start, they'll get stuck with simple ideas, or they'll just go completely wild. SCAMPER is a tool for scaffolding the process of creativity.

The Game of 100

The Game of 100

Who can get to 100 first in this simple, but delightful, math game?

Building Creative Analogies

Building Creative Analogies

We'll take two seemingly unrelated pieces of content (say volcanoes and the human body) and then build analogies to connect the two ideas. In the end, students can create a skit, comic, or story relating the two concepts.

Ultimate (or Inception) Tic Tac Toe

Ultimate (or Inception) Tic Tac Toe

So, I heard you like Tic-Tac-Toe. What if each square on a Tic-Tac-Toe board had another Tic-Tac-Toe board inside of it? 🤯

An Escher-Style Tessellation Project

An Escher-Style Tessellation Project

Create a piece of repeating art in the style of MC Escher!

Educational Valentines

Educational Valentines

Let's make valentines with an educational twist!

Self Portraits Part One: Line Drawings

Self Portraits Part One: Line Drawings

Anyone, yes anyone, can create a (somewhat) realistic self-portrait using these steps. Anyone!

Writing About Art: The Scream

Writing About Art: The Scream

Your students will turn the iconic painting The Scream into a vivid, sensory poem.

Game: Number Scrabble

Game: Number Scrabble

What if we played Tic-Tac-Toe with numbers and instead of three-in-a-row, we add up to 15? Well… then we'd have Number Scrabble!

Game: Bulls and Cows

Game: Bulls and Cows

How quickly can you break the code with Bulls and Cows?

Fizz Buzz: A Counting and Divisibility Game

Fizz Buzz: A Counting and Divisibility Game

Ready for a tricky counting and divisibility game?

Self Portraits: Text Art

Self Portraits: Text Art

What if a students' self-portrait was made of words that describe the student!?

Game: Jotto

Game: Jotto

Who can guess the other person's codeword first? This game practices inducting thinking and encourages the development of a strategy.

Game: Snakes

Game: Snakes

In this grid-based strategy game, who will be the last to add to the snake?

Game: Order and Chaos

Game: Order and Chaos

Imagine Tic-Tac-Toe if both players could play as both Xs and Os!

Fractals: Koch Snowflake

Fractals: Koch Snowflake

You could keep zooming in on this snowflake forever!

Fractals: Sierpinski’s Triangle

Fractals: Sierpinski’s Triangle

What if this triangle pattern just kept repeating… forever!?

Squiggles Introduction

Squiggles Introduction

What do you see in this squiggle?

Game: Ghost

Game: Ghost

Ghost is a word-building game for two players. The first person to create an actual word loses.

Game: Dots and Boxes

Game: Dots and Boxes

Learn how to play the abstract, paper-and-pencil game Dots and Boxes.

Back to School: Rewriting The Beatles’ “Help!”

Back to School: Rewriting The Beatles’ “Help!”

Can your students come up with a one-syllable word to sum up their time away from school? And then rewrite The Beatles' song Help!?

Teaching Empathy With Faberge Eggs

Teaching Empathy With Faberge Eggs

Terri Eicholz explains how she builds empathy in her students using the story of the Faberge Eggs.

Game: Sprouts

Game: Sprouts

Learn how to play the abstract, paper-and-pencil game Sprouts.

Looping Grid Art

Looping Grid Art

Pick a few numbers, draw some corresponding lines on grid paper, and you'll end up with some interesting, looping math-y art!

Game: Wild Tic Tac Toe

Game: Wild Tic Tac Toe

Imagine Tic-Tac-Toe, but both players can both play as both X and O throughout the whole game! First to get three-in-a-row still wins!

Investigating Christmas Trees

Investigating Christmas Trees

Students start with facts, then make groups, and then work with a single statement about Christmas Trees.

Inferring With Art: A Man

Inferring With Art: A Man

What's going on in this painting? Who is that guy? What's his job? And where's his other boot?

Shift Cipher (Codes Part 1)

Shift Cipher (Codes Part 1)

Let's encode and decode secret messages like Julius Caesar!

Game: Gomoku

Game: Gomoku

Want to take Tic-Tac-Toe to the next level!? Imagine a 15Ă—15 board. You must get five-in-a-row. You cannot get six-in-a-row. That's Gomoku!

Game: Chomp

Game: Chomp

Learn how to play the abstract, paper-and-pencil game Chomp!

Game: Col

Game: Col

Learn how to play the abstract, paper-and-pencil game Col!

Lipogram: Rewrite “Twinkle, Twinkle”

Lipogram: Rewrite “Twinkle, Twinkle”

What if we rewrote a piece of writing without using certain letters?

Categorize and Re-Categorize Animals

Categorize and Re-Categorize Animals

Put these animals into groups. Then do it again. Then… do it one more time. How does re-re-grouping the same creatures reveal new patterns and give new insights?

How to Play Go (A Chess and Checkers Alternative)

How to Play Go (A Chess and Checkers Alternative)

Ready to learn a 2,500-year-old Chinese board game? Let's… go!

Game: Notakto

Game: Notakto

What if you only played Tic-Tac-Toe with Xs and you could play on multiple boards?

Paradox: The Liar’s Paradox

Paradox: The Liar’s Paradox

Nothing like a paradox to get your kids brains exploding 🤯! This one starts with five simple words: "This statement is a lie."

Racetrack – Race Around A Graph

Racetrack – Race Around A Graph

How fast do you get your mathematical car going without crashing?

Math Game: Heaps

Math Game: Heaps

Try this a simple (but surprisingly strategic) subtraction game!

Math Game: Cram

Math Game: Cram

Try this a simple (but surprisingly strategic) grid-filling game!

Inferring With Art: Two Women

Inferring With Art: Two Women

What are these two women up to? What's that thing she's holding? Let's make some inferences!

Pig Pen Cipher (Codes Part 2)

Pig Pen Cipher (Codes Part 2)

Let's encode some secret messages with a cipher that was actually used during the American Civil War!

Squiggles Collection 1

Squiggles Collection 1

Students start with the same squiggle and then draw on it, turning it into whatever they think it might be.

Parabolic Curve Art

Parabolic Curve Art

Create mathematical art with curves that, well, aren't curvy.

Paradox: Crocodile Dilemma

Paradox: Crocodile Dilemma

Students grapple with The Crocodile Dilemma, a paradox from Ancient Greece in which a tricky crocodile makes a deal with some parents. Warning: students brains might explode 🤯

Drawing Knots, Level 1

Drawing Knots, Level 1

How to draw a simple version of this twisty Henri Matisse knot!

Paradox: Rebuilding A Ship

Paradox: Rebuilding A Ship

What if we completely rebuild something slowly? What if we completely rebuild it all at once? Is it still the same thing?

Thinking With Art: Head Down

Thinking With Art: Head Down

Students will work their brain in several ways, noticing details, comparing, synthesizing, and finally identifying a parallel. All with one artist's work!

Self Portraits: Pointillism

Self Portraits: Pointillism

Turn your students into a bunch of Monets with q-tips and some tempera paint.

Introduction to Watercolor

Introduction to Watercolor

Cindy Phan shares her method of introducing watercolor to students using a mosaic technique.

Building Brush Bots and Art Bots

Building Brush Bots and Art Bots

What if we turned a tooth brush into a robot… that could do art?

Art Lesson: One-Point Perspective

Art Lesson: One-Point Perspective

Let's give our students an art history lesson while teaching them how to enhance their drawings using one-point perspective.

Path Cipher (Codes Part 4)

Path Cipher (Codes Part 4)

Now let's try the Path Cipher - a cipher that mixes things up even more than Zig Zag did.

Inferring With Art: A Couple

Inferring With Art: A Couple

What's going on in this room? There are shoes everywhere! Are those… oranges? Let's make some inferences!

Paradox: The Barber’s Paradox

Paradox: The Barber’s Paradox

The barber shaves everybody who doesn't themselves. So... does the barber shave himself?

Drawing An Impossible Triangle

Drawing An Impossible Triangle

Here's how you can draw The Penrose Triangle, an example of an impossible shape.

Slow Motion Popcorn

Slow Motion Popcorn

What surprises can you spot when a kernel pops in super slow-mo?

New Uses For A Pencil

New Uses For A Pencil

So, what can a pencil be used for other than writing and drawing?

Zig Zag Cipher (Codes Part 3)

Zig Zag Cipher (Codes Part 3)

Let's try a cipher that doesn't substitute new letters or shapes. We just mix things up.

Concept Attainment: Art

Concept Attainment: Art

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of cubism.

Art Lesson: Two-Point Perspective

Art Lesson: Two-Point Perspective

Let's get students' art really popping with two-point perspective!

Lipogram: Rewrite “Mary Had A Little Lamb”

Lipogram: Rewrite “Mary Had A Little Lamb”

What if we rewrote a piece of writing without using certain letters?

Cooking In Space

Cooking In Space

Watch astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti cook a meal in zero gravity on the International Space Station.

Microchess (Chess Variant)

Microchess (Chess Variant)

What if we played chess on a board that's only 4Ă—5?

Squiggles Collection 2

Squiggles Collection 2

Students start with the same squiggle and then draw on it, turning it into whatever they think it might be.

Chess Variant: Monster Chess

Chess Variant: Monster Chess

What if you had really weak chess pieces, but you could always move twice?

New Uses For A Cardboard Tube

New Uses For A Cardboard Tube

So, what can a cardboard tube be used for other than holding wrapping paper?

New Uses For An Aluminum Can

New Uses For An Aluminum Can

So, what CAN a CAN be used for other than storing liquids?

New Uses For A Chair

New Uses For A Chair

So, what can a chair be used for other than, you know, sitting in?

Drawing Knots, Level 2

Drawing Knots, Level 2

How to draw a more complex version of this twisty Henri Matisse knot!

Four Player Chess

Four Player Chess

Tired of boring ol' chess? Then you need to try FOUR PLAYER chess!

What If… No Sleep?

What If… No Sleep?

What would the consequences be if no one had to sleep anymore?

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Nothing could possibly go wrong with a love potion on the loose!

Drawing Natural Curves Like Andy Goldsworthy

Drawing Natural Curves Like Andy Goldsworthy

Teach students to draw, and then build on, natural curves using the style of artist Andy Goldsworthy.

Drawing Knots, Level 3

Drawing Knots, Level 3

How to draw the final version of the twisty Henri Matisse knot!

Squiggles Collection 3

Squiggles Collection 3

Students start with the same squiggle and then draw on it, turning it into whatever they think it might be.

Frozen Bubble

Frozen Bubble

What happens when you blow a bubble in below-freezing temperatures?

What If… Unreliable Water?

What If… Unreliable Water?

What would the consequences be if a town's tap water became… unreliable?

Anti-Checkers

Anti-Checkers

Sure, anyone can win at checkers… but can you lose!?

Categorize and Re-Categorize Countries

Categorize and Re-Categorize Countries

Put these countries into groups. Then do it again. Then… do it one more time. How does re-re-grouping the same places reveal new patterns and give new insights?

Charge of the Light Brigade – Chess Variant

Charge of the Light Brigade – Chess Variant

What if one side played with THREE QUEENS and the other had SEVEN KNIGHTS!? What if?

Van Gogh Self-Portrait Tournament

Van Gogh Self-Portrait Tournament

Who will win the tournament of Van Gogh self-portraits!?

Romeo and Juliet Summary

Romeo and Juliet Summary

Romeo and Juliet in just about five minutes.

Changing Baby Names

Changing Baby Names

You won't believe how fascinating it is to watch a map of the most popular baby names by US state.

Horde Chess Variant

Horde Chess Variant

What if one player had, say, 32 pawns?

What If… Long Life?

What If… Long Life?

What would the consequences be if all people lived much, much longer?

Van Gogh on Water

Van Gogh on Water

Watch oil paint float on water and become a familiar scene.

Hamlet Summary

Hamlet Summary

It's Hamlet in just about five minutes!

Twelfth Night Summary

Twelfth Night Summary

An animated summary of Shakespeare's utterly ridiculous "Twelfth Night."

Compare and Create New Year’s Traditions

Compare and Create New Year’s Traditions

Hey! Our New Year traditions have a lot in common.

“Much Ado About Nothing” Summary

“Much Ado About Nothing” Summary

Shakespeare's Much Ado summarized in just five minutes!

Melting Ice Cream

Melting Ice Cream

Various desserts melt in surprisingly different ways.

Shadow Spinner

Shadow Spinner

Watch this block of Lego cast three completely different shadows of three distinctly different objects! How'd he do it?