Stories With Holes - Students are presented with a story that doesn't quite make sense. They must ask yes or no questions to figure out what is really happening. Check difficulty and solutions to see which one will suit your students.
Try Stories with Holes logic with things like a map! Pick a state/country. Students ask yes or no questions to figure out the location. Example: Are you East of the Mississippi River? We try to do it in 8 questions, then 7, then 6, and so on.
Enrichment Rooms for Critical and Creative Thinking
3. Conference Time Choices - I wrote this article about providing students with free choice time, and I included lists of some of my favorite games and brainteasers!
Critical Thinking Units
Socratic Smackdown - I typically use this with grades 4+. Basically a gamified way to debate and discuss topics.
4 wonderful starting discussions to try!
Philosophy Unit - This unit encompasses a lot of different standards. Very fun unit for grades 5-8 to get them thinking about various philosophical scenarios.
My District GT Site - Puzzles, virtual rooms, and more for students in grades K-8.
Math Pickle - Amazing problems for grades K-12.
Bell Ringer Problems - Slideshow with various types of problems. Grades 4-8.
Medieval Mayhem (Grades 3-5)
Adventuring Across America (Grade 4-6) Has social studies, simple math, & cipher practice.
Hogwarts (Grades 4-8)
Escape Boredom Room (Grades 5-8)
The Case of the Museum Mischief (Grades 5-8)
Or have students create their own escape rooms on a topic you're learning about!
2. Cooperative Problem Solving - I love cooperative problem solving games where each student is given a clue that helps solve the problem.
3. Stories With Holes - Students are presented with a story that doesn't quite make sense. They must ask yes or no questions to figure out what is really going on. Typically, it is best to ask general questions and get more specific as you go and never make assumptions!