List of websites of riddles.
3 Dimensional visual riddles.
Answer riddles on-line or submit your own.
Neat site that tells who was born, who died, or what special event happened each day.
Very easy poem-riddles for kids - great for classroom.
Easy riddles for kids. Also word games, word searches, etc.
Puzzles on line and you can subscribe to puzzle/trivia or general education FREE newsletters via email.
Not really a riddle, but a lot of fun! (You can thank me later.)
This are mathematically-based puzzles and I think they are HARD!
Nice list of links to websites that feature riddles and puzzles.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences page with: Mind Over Matter Tricks! Word Games Galore! Brainteaser Quizes! Puzzling Numbers! Double- Speak Proverbs! Oodles of Riddles, Numbers & Initials, A Party of Puzzles, Brainteaser Links!
A LINK TO LAUGHS (K-6)
Kaitlyn's Knock Knock Jokes and Riddles. If you like jokes and
riddles, this page is for you.
UNIVERSAL INTELLECTUAL STANDARDS:
This essay studies the hows and whys of critical thinking, and educating students to engage in such processes. "To help students learn them, teachers should pose questions which probe student thinking, questions which hold students accountable for their thinking, questions which, through consistent use by the teacher in the classroom, become internalized by students as questions they need to ask themselves."
Neat Sites that are too to Miss
Top 5 Lists, Jokes, etc.
Creativity Web: Resources for Creativity and Innovation.
Free stuff by email. WELCOME TO Z MEDIA! Get a touch of fun in your email box every day! Just checkmark your favorites, and they will email them to you, free!
Subscribe (free) to a daily crossword puzzle. Plays on JAVA, no special hookups.
A LINK TO CREATIVITY (7-12)
Cyberteens: Where creative teens rule. Contests, an online
novel, an advise column, and a teen "zeen." Also online games,
contests and cartoons. Submit your creative works for
publication in Cyberteen.
Test your IQ, personality or entrepreneurial skills on the Web
Cave of Magic. You pick a card and the computer tells you which one you picked. Really worked on me!
Mega site for Tests
A Visual Goose: There are reasons behind those rhymes. Do you know what they mean?
Famous Face Challenge
Find out what words can be made from your telephone number.
The Bureau of Missing Socks
Ever wonder where they went?
Jokes, jokes, and links to more jokes.
Virtual Reference Desk - WOW! This has it all.
Teaching K-8 On-line Magazine.
Sandlot Science: Optical allusions
Sheppard Software - Trivia site - Classroom application.
Puzzles, games, riddles, brain teasers, I Q tests.
Pam Petty's Favorite Quotes
Don't let yesterday use up too much
- Will Rogers -
"In three words I can sum up everything
I've learned about life.
It goes on."
- Robert frost -
"Slang is language which takes off
its coat, spits on its hands -- and goes to work."
- Carl Sandburg
Never doubt that a small group of
thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only
thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead
They may forget what you said, but
they will never forget how you made them feel.
-Carl W. Buechner
The willingness to accept responsibility
for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
- Joan Didion
Don't worry about people stealing
your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's
- Howard Aiken
We could never learn to be brave
and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
-Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968)
Do not seek to follow in the footsteps
of the wise. Seek what they sought.
One day Alice came to a fork in
the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. Which road do I take? she asked.
Where do you want to go? was his response. I don't know, Alice answered.
Then, said the cat, it doesn't matter.
- Lewis Carroll -
Opportunity dances with those who
are ready on the dance floor.
- H. Jackson Brown Jr. -
Talent develops in tranquility,
character in the full current of human life.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) --
It doesn't matter what people call
you, it only matters what you answer to.
-- Unknown --
"Genius is of small use to a woman who does not know how to do her hair."
"A positive attitude may not solve
all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the
-- Herm Albright --
Pick battles big enough to matter,
small enough to win.
-- Jonathan Kozol --
The happiness of your life depends
upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take
care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable
- -Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD) --
"A hundred years from now it will
not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the
kind of car I drove... But the world may be different because I was important
in the life of a child."
-- Kathy Davis --
"...sometimes you have to be a hero
just to get out of bed in the morning..."
-- Lloyd Alexander --
The following two quotes are from: http://homepages.uc.edu/~vogelap/hornby.html
...and my friends don't seem to be friends at all but people whose phone numbers I haven't lost.
It must be hard for parents, I guess, when they see that things aren't working out for their children, but that their children can no longer be reached by the old parental routes, because those roads are now much too long.
"The only Zen you find on the tops
of mountains is the Zen you bring up there."
-- Robert M. Pirsig --
Think like a man (person) of action,
act like a man (person) of thought.
--Henri Bergson --
Silent gratitude isn't very much
use to anyone.
--Gertrude B. Stein --
There is nothing worse than a sharp
image of a fuzzy concept.
-- Ansel Adams --
Smooth seas do not make skillful
-- African Proverb --
The whole problem with the world
is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser
people so full of doubts.
-- Bertrand Russell --
Most people I ask little from.
I try to give them much, and expect nothing in return
and I do very well in the bargain.
-- Francois FéNelon --
"Every job is a self-portrait of
the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence."
-- Author Unknown --
"Being awake is highly overrated"
-- Maynard G. Krebbs --
When trouble arises and things look
bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing
to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.
-- Dave Barry --
"Among my most prized possessions
are words that I have never spoken."
-- Orson Rega Card --
Resentment is one burden that is
incompatible with your success. Always be the first to forgive; and forgive
yourself first always.
-- Dan Zadra --
Opportunity dances with those who
are ready on the dance floor.
-- H. Jackson Brown Jr. --
"To rid ourselves of our shadows
- who we are - we must step into either total light or total darkness."
-- Jeremy Preston Johnson --
"Millions long for immortality who
do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon."
-- Susan Ertz --
Most of us are just about as happy
as we make up our minds to be.
--Abraham Lincoln -- (1809-1865)
"Health nuts are going to feel stupid
someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing."
-- Redd Foxx--
"The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life and you must accept regret."
-- Henri Frederic Amiel --
The liar's punishment is not in the least that
he is not believed, but that
he cannot believe anyone else.
-George Bernard Shaw
When the solution is simple, God is answering.
- Albert Einstein
Never cut what you can untie. -Joubert (1754-1824)
"Even if you"re on the right track,
you'll get run over if you just
- Will Rogers
Only a mediocre writer is always at his best.
-William Somerset Maugham,
British writer (1874-1965)
It is more shameful to distrust one's friends
than to be deceived by them.
-De la Rochefoucauld, French writer (1613-1680)
Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets. -Paul Tournier
It is not so much our friends' help that helps
us as the confident knowledge
that they will help us. -Epicurus, Greek philosopher (341-270 BC)
It is one of the blessings of old friends that
you can afford to be stupid
with them. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer and philosopher (1803-1882)
Absence diminishes commonplace passions and
increases great ones, as the wind
extinguishes candles and kindles fire. -La Rochefoucauld
It is one of the most beautiful compensations
of this life that no man can
sincerely try to help another without helping himself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson,
American writer and philosopher (1803-1882)
"We don't change over time. We only
become more ourselves."
- Lestat, from Tale of the Body Thief
Though no one can go back and make a brand new
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
- Carl Bard
Difficulties increase the nearer we approach our goal. -Goethe (1749-1832)
The secret of getting ahead is getting
- Sally Berger
"Success is how high you bounce when you
- General George Patton
"Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each
- Laurence J. Peter
Never be afraid to try something new.
Remember, amateurs built the ark.
Professionals built the Titanic.
- Unknown Courtesy of Stephen Huff
Each friend represents a world in us, a world
possibly not born until they
arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. -Anais
Nin, French-born American writer (1903-1977)
A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think
aloud. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer and philosopher (1803-1882)
You are only what you are when no one is
Robert C. Edwards
LINKS TO GREAT WEBSITES THAT OFFER QUOTATIONS:
Cliches on the Internet
The Book of Cliches
Search from among 3,300 different cliches.
Big List of Cliches and Other Stupid Things to Say.
Other Fun Sites Playing with Words
Wacky World of Words.
http://www.mtnds.com/af/ - look up over 61,000 acronyms
http://www.cooper.com/alan/homonym.html - Homonym list
http://www.wolinskyweb.com/word.htm - unbelievable site!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.primenet.com/~hodges/susplace.html - fabulous!!!!!!!!!
http://www.wordsmith.org/awad/index.html - A word a Day
http://www.aitech.ac.jp/~itesls/anagrams/ - anagrams
Recommended Books for Creative Thinking
Adoff, Arnold. Sports Pages. (poems about sports)
Feelings, Tom. Soul Looks Back in Wonder.
Harrington, Anthony. Tersery Versery. (8-line biographies)
Lobel, Arnold. Piggericks. (pig limericks)
Perry, Sarah. If . . .
Prelutsky, Jack. Kids on
"I'm in a Rotten Mood" "I'm the Single Most Wonderful Person I Know"
Service, Robert. Dan Mcgrew, Sam McGee.
"The Cremation of Sam McGee"
Wisniewski, David. The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups.
Wood, Audrey and Don Wood. Bright and Early Thursday Evening.
Creative Dramatics in the Classroom
The Reading Teacher, April 1998 v51 n7 p574(11)
'Doing' literature: using drama to build literacy. (drama as
a teaching tool) Jennifer Catney
Abstract: Drama can be used as an effective teaching tool to involve children
and make them interested in learning. Drama does not need to be a major
project, but can be used in the classroom to support literacy development
and build knowledge in areas such as vocabulary and discourse within a
social context. Drama provides various communication experiences and facilitates
the development of oral language abilities, which can subsequently aid
the development of writing skills while improving receptive written language
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Oct 1998 v42 n2 p104(12)
The "Living Newspaper Theatre" in the language arts classroom.
(includes related article
on a living newspaper play) Timothy G. Morrison; George W. Chilcoat.
Abstract: The teaching of language arts in the classroom is enhanced by
involving students in dramatic activity. The form of drama where
students make their own scripts and act them out is especially recommended
in high school, middle school and intermediate elementary grades. One such
theatrical form is called the Living Newspaper Theatre which was founded
in 1935 to dramatize the social and economic upheaval of the Depression.
The production of a living newspaper play consists of the development of
a theme, plot and scene, characterization, dialogue and scenery.
Childhood Education, Fall 1998 v75 n1 p2(5)
How to use creative dramatics in the classroom. (includes related articles) Andrew P. Johnson.
Abstract: Teachers can utilize creative dramatics to support academic, emotional and interpersonal goals. It emphasizes the use of students' imagination and multiple forms of intelligence to help them learn using their own words and ideas because children process information differently than adults. The concept of creative dramatics also supports the growth of their language and vocabulary while stimulating high level cognitive processes.
Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, June 1998 v21 n2 p159(17)
Theory into practice: using drama to enhance literacy development. Margery Hertzberg.
Abstract: The relationship between theory and practice can be explained through analysis of drama activities written for a literature-based reading program. Drama has enhanced children's understanding of dramatic art and has successfully helped develop skills in reading and writing narrative texts. Drama provides practice in skimming and scanning information.
Childhood Education, Mid-Winter 1997 v73 n6 p338(3)
Educating through the arts: an introduction. (play and creative
arts in furthering
children's growth) Monroe D. Cohen; James L. Hoot.
Abstract: A significant number of well-known and globally recognized educators
have expressed the need to include the experience of play and creative
arts in nurturing the growth and development of children. A female actress
expressed this most aptly when she reiterated that children need to be
given opportunities to express themselves and advised educators to 'close
the books: open the eyes.'
Childhood Education, Winter 1997 v74 n2 p78(5)
Using dance experience and drama in the classroom. Susan Schoon.
Abstract: Movement and drama can be useful tools for cultivating the literacy
behaviors of early-grade students. Through dance experiences and drama
activities, children can convey thoughts and feelings using their senses.
They are also able to understand their environment, raise their knowledge
levels and express themselves creatively. Sample lessons involving dance
and drama for such stories as 'Color Dance,' 'The Three Billy Goats Gruff,'
'Clap Your Hands,' 'Amazing Grace,' and 'Little Blue and Little Yellow'
Phi Delta Kappan, Feb 1997 v78 n6 p457(3)
Shakespeare in an elementary school setting: a unique and inspiring
experience. Robin H. Wood.
Abstract: Teachers at the Far Brook School in Short Hills, NJ, have used
the works of William Shakespeare as tools for teaching language to grade
school students. Stage productions of 'The Tempest' and 'A Midsummer Night's
Dream' are held by the students each year.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, May 1996 v39 n8 p624(5)
Using drama to develop college students' transaction with text. Maryann S. Feola.
Abstract: Oral and visual cues in dramatic literature enable students to
comprehend texts and construct meaning. Developmental reading suffers
from the students' inability to construct the right meaning, as they treat
the text subjectively on the basis of their personal experiences and presumptions.
The transactive approach to teaching drama helps college students to draw
a line between their own story and the text. Group reading allows interaction,
thereby improving their grasp over the narrative and the ability to communicate
the meaning in a critical and analytical way.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, May 1996 v39 n8 p656(2)
Situational drama: an alternative to worksheets. (new teaching
approaches) Melissa Eileen
Abstract: A teacher narrates her experience of observing an English reading
class in a high school. She discusses the need to personally involve the
students in literature by placing them in the story situation, which can
make their concepts clearer compared to mere reading. The common practice
is to read the texts and do assignments without any deeper study, for the
sake of completing the course within a given time period. Holding mock
discussions on the theme helps them understand the lesson thoroughly and
assimilate the knowledge in their personal lives.
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