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1st Edition

Brain Food
100+ Games That Make Kids Think

ISBN 9781593633318
Published January 16, 2008 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

Be the one to make a difference in your students' thinking! With more than 100 games to choose from, Brain Food is your one-stop source for exploring the fun in learning. This compilation is filled with new as well as traditional brain games, and most need little more than paper and a pencil to get you started. Each game is classroom tested and tailored to encourage cooperation and teamwork as well as deductive logic. The book includes:

  • word games,
  • math games,
  • logic games,
  • memory games, and
  • much more!

One exciting aspect of this book is that it has a bit of an international flavor. It is filled with fun games from around the world that challenge and stimulate young minds. From the Japanese strategy game Hasami Shogi, to the traditional African game Wari, to the deductive game Witch Hunt, to the word challenge Wordbuilder, these mind-stretching tools encourage complex thinking skills.

Games by their very nature require thinking. With Brain Food you'll get teaching tools such as Alphamazement—a game of strategy that challenges both visual and verbal skills by having players connect letters of the alphabet in a zigzagging maze. Or, try the traditional Maori game Mu-Torere to enhance visual and mathematical skills.

Grades 4-12

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction A Few General Notes Spatial Orientation and Strategy Games Alignment Games Blocking Games Chase Games Capture Games Checkers Variations Chess Variations Maze Games Other Spatial Orientation and Strategy Games Mathematical Games Mathematical Operations Factors and Multiples Deductive Logic Games Word Games Spelling Games Anagrams Long Words Other Vocabulary Builders Puns and Other Word Play Dramatic Word Games Rhymes and Homonyms MiscellaneouWs ord Games Ingredient1s9 2 Memory Games Visual Arts Games Bibliography Alphabetical Index

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Paul Fleisher, M.Ed., has taught elementary and middle school students in the Richmond, Virginia Public Schools' Programs for the Gifted since 1978. He has written more than two dozen books for young people and educators, including Lifecycles of a Dozen Diverse Creatures, the Webs of Life series, and Secrets of the Universe. Paul is active in civic organizations that work for peace and social justice. In 1999 he was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education.

Patricia Keeler lives across the Hudson River from New York City in Hoboken, NJ, with her husband, photographer Francis X. McCall. Ms. Keeler received an undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnical and State University and a master's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Before coming to Hoboken, Ms. Keeler worked in advertising for the Richmond Times Dispatch and was art director for PBS Television (WCVE, Channel 25) in Richmond, VA. She has illustrated and/or written many books, including Thank You, Angels (Hay House, 2007), Drumbeat in Our Feet (Lee & Low, 2006), Car Wash (Lee & Low, 2004), A Huge Hog Is a Big Pig (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2002), and Unraveling Fibers (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon and Schuster, 1995). She is the illustrator for Brain Food: 100+ Games That Make Kids Think, published by Prufrock Press. Ms. Keeler has also created a variety of illustrations for magazines, posters, and educational projects with Scholastic, Pearson, Victory Publications, and Techbooks/GTS.