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BRAIN TEASERS VOL. 1 – Logic, Word Sense, Puzzles, Lateral Thinking – Fun Stuff

Laura Randazzo
Grade Levels
8th - 11th, Adult Education, Homeschool, Staff
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76 slides in PDF format
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Laura Randazzo


Entertain and challenge your teens with this compelling collection of brain-twisting presentation slides. There are many different ways you might want to use these 76 PDF slides (38 questions + 38 answer key slides) in your classroom, including:

1. Use as a routine bell–ringer activity to begin class one day each week. I use these as Brain Teaser Tuesdays (I enjoy alliteration), but they’ll work great any day of the week.

2. Use them to soak up those occasional last few minutes of a class period when a daily lesson wraps up more quickly than you planned.

3. Use them as part of an ongoing team activity/contest that runs a full nine-week quarter. Each nine weeks, one of my colleagues sorts her classes into teams of three students. Then, students occasionally compete against the other teams throughout the quarter in review games, grammar skill-builders, and these sorts of brain games. She keeps a running tally of the teams’ names and earned points, updating her class website each week with the class standings. As the quarter rolls along, her room starts to feel a little like Hogwarts (“Ten points for Gryffindor!”) and the teens really love it. At the end of the quarter, the team with the most points wins a prize or bonus points in the gradebook.

4. Use the slides as a reward for classes that hit certain benchmarks or goals.

There are 38 questions (each with a separate attractively designed answer slide) in this packet of PDF slides, allowing you to use two questions per weekly session or one question two times a week in a semester. Most semesters run 18 weeks but I threw in a couple of extra questions just in case there’s one or two you don’t like/want to skip.

However you decide to use these slides, I hope they find a place in your teacher’s toolbox of activities. Students enjoy these lighter activities that provide a fun way to help develop word sense, logic, and lateral thinking.

PLEASE NOTE: These Brain Teaser materials are also included in my money-saving FULL-YEAR H.S. BELL RINGER BUNDLE VOL. 2. No need to purchase this item if you already have the Vol. 2 bundle.

Want more Brain Teasers?

Click HERE to check out Vol. 2

Click HERE to check out Vol. 3

Click HERE to check out Vol. 4

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Click HERE to check out Vol. 5
Click HERE to check out Vol. 6

Finally, this Vol. 1 set is also included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.

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Total Pages
76 slides in PDF format
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Semester
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