Web Exercises

1. Inductive and Deductive Reasoning

Below are hilarious but excellent examples of inductive and deductive reasoning. Review each video and think about how each video uses its respective approach to reach a conclusion. Is one method better than the other?



2. Problem-Solving Activities

This website has several fun problem-solving activities for all ages. I particularly like the Blind Formation exercise, but all are very good and many can be done independently and in groups. You may assign an exercise to students to complete and report about their experience, or you may ask students to identify which problem-solving strategy is being utilized in each activity.


3. The Marshmallow Challenge

The websites below are all about the Marshmallow Challenge. The goal of the Marshmallow Challenge is to create the tallest free-standing structure using 20 spaghetti noodles, one yard of tape, one yard of string, and one marshmallow in 18 minutes. On the website are several links, including a TED talk that describes this exercise, how it is used to help strengthen team-building skills, and how it shows how our problem-solving strategies change as we age.