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Entice future inventors and programmers with Pi-Top, a customizable DIY laptop. Chris Aviles’s seventh graders had a blast assembling it, and his fifth graders loved the software’s “engaging, self-paced activities,” says Aviles, a K–8 tech coordinator in Fair Haven, New Jersey.
This fast-paced number-tile game is perfect for writing equations and practicing basic operations. Susan Kunze, who teaches grades 2–3 in Bishop, California, uses Möbi Kids as a small-group activity at her math workstations: “It’s like Bananagrams for math—no paper, no pencil, just fun!”
Bloxels Video Game Builder Kit
Tosha Neill’s fifth graders in Benton, Louisiana, adore building new worlds and problem-solving with the Bloxels kit. The physical gameboard makes game design and concepts concrete for younger students.
Math Bands: Small Group Set
Math Bands aren’t just an accessory—the rubber bracelets are printed with fact families! Leann Parrish, a Title I director in Crawfordsville, Indiana, appreciates their versatility as she uses them to practice skip counting, division, and more.
Cytosis: A Cell Biology Game
This science board game turns cell processes into a fun race! Stephen Ritz, a New York K–12 science educator and founder of the Green Bronx Machine, recommends using it with middle schoolers “to creatively review cell biology” while “challenging deeper learning.”
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