We've had a taste at what Glee can do with a few infamous Michael Jackson tunes reimagined for a high school auditorium setting, but the largest test—in the form of an hour-long celebration honoring the King of Pop—still looms. With Glee's MJ-inspired episode slated for next week, songs from the reportedly 10-track episode have already begun to leak. Below is "Wanna Be Startin' Something'," Blaine's attempt at conjuring up the necessary spirit to lead his fellow New Directions members to a Regionals win, likely accompanied by what Darren Criss himself has modestly described as a Mars Trip. The song gets a bigger, bolder production with Criss growling his way through an adjusted take on Jackson's higher register, backed by groupmates whose "Ma Ma Se, Ma Ma Sa, Ma Ma Coo Sa" could have worked better with Liza Minnelli. Naya Rivera joins Criss and Kevin McHale on the lead for "Bad," celebrating her largely misunderstood personality that comes from her penchant for verbal assault. Haters will inevitably hate solely because the words "Glee" and "Michael Jackson" are used the same sentence. Yet from these two previews, it's clear the vocals are there, as the group stays true to Jackson's legacy while reconfiguring an arrangement to best fit their skill set. Whether or not the reason they've decided to revisit the King has more to do with one of Brittany's most recent alien invasion or a quest to figure out their futures, remains to be seen.

Go ahead and take a listen, spoiler-phobes. There's no Glee on tonight—but there is Idol, again. Besides, what else are you going to do now that Criss has wrapped his first Broadway run?

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Multimedia & Internet@Schools January 1, 2006 | Joseph, Linda C.

PUZZLE HISTORY Elliott Avedon Museum & Archive of Games: Puzzles Learn about the history of puzzles from experts and curators who have assembled this collection at the University of Waterloo. Anne Williams, a well-known authority on jigsaw puzzles, presents more than 3 centuries' worth of information about them. Language puzzles cover crosswords and cryptograms from the 20th century. Instructions are provided for the logic classification that includes mathematical and optical puzzles. Rounding out the museum's archive are mechanical and manipulative puzzles with commentary by Jerry Slocum. This site is a great starting point.

Fact Monster: The History of the Crossword Puzzle Did you know that the first crossword puzzle was published in 1913? Can you name the newspaper in which it appeared? What is a cryptic puzzle? The answers to these questions and more are included in this interesting article from Fact Monster.

History of Jigsaw Puzzles Browse more than 3,000 puzzles by makers, artists, categories, and countries. Representative examples are displayed with color illustrations. If you have questions such as how to frame a puzzle, click on Q&A for detailed information. This site is geared to the collector, but the images are worth the visit.

PUZZLES FOR LEARNING Animal Puzzles Solve the Animal Puzzles! Figure out which animal is hiding inside each of the puzzles. Clues help you unscramble the images and name each creature. Younger students will enjoy this activity.

Astronomy for Kids Puzzles Astronomy for Kids is a comprehensive site that includes information on planets, constellations, and sky wonders. After reading the information, students can play an interactive word search that requires knowledge of the planets while finding words to fill in the blanks. Hints are provided as well as answers. As students complete these puzzles they learn about the solar system. This is an excellent complement to the study of astronomy.

The Big Picture In this engaging activity, students put together a series of jigsaw puzzles gathered from the American Memory collections at the Library of Congress. After finishing each picture activity, students are quizzed on what they learned. When the entire series of pictures is completed, students are invited to discover the "Big Picture." theKidzpage.com Play jigsaw puzzles online that range from six to 40 pieces. The puzzles are arranged into categories with a variety of themes and pictures. Put the puzzles together and identify the bugs and slugs, flowers, fish, birds, and animals. Many of the puzzles allow the user to select the number of puzzle pieces desired to design the picture.

iKnowthat.com Visit the workshop gallery for a multitude of puzzles and problems that are provided to reinforce skills in mathematics, social studies, science, reading, language arts, and the arts. Topics include creating your own weather, problem solving, word searches, and learning about geography through interactive maps. Not only do students learn to locate the states, there are fun facts about the states that they can read or have read to them. This a great site for differentiated learning.

Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles Using Java applets, Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles puts theory into practice. All sorts of mathematical questions are explored, beginning with a hypothesis or premise followed by an actual problem or model to solve.

MaMaMedia Puzzles and Jumbles Elementary students will love visiting MaMaMedia. Not only can they play puzzle games, but they can create one to submit to the site. If a student's picture is picked to become a puzzle, it will be featured in a themed section. In order to participate, students need to sign up for a free membership.

mathpuzzle Hundreds of articles and puzzles have been collected through this Weblog moderated by Ed Pegg Jr. He encourages readers to send in puzzles for posting. The site features advanced mathematical problems from mazes to geometric shapes. This site will test the math skills of everyone.

Tangram Puzzles (NCTM) Challenge students to problem-solve by having them use geometrical shapes to fill an outline. Once they have accomplished this task and understand the concepts associated with it, engage them in more complex problems using tangram pieces to form given polygons. website astronomy for kids

PUZZLE GENERATORS Glencoe Vocabulary Puzzlemaker Download the Glencoe puzzlemaker software that corresponds with your science textbook. Install it on your PC or Mac and you are ready to create crosswords, jumbles, or word searches in a few clicks. The vocabulary words and definitions for each chapter are included. You can edit, save, and print. This is a handy tool for any science teacher.

STANDARDS NATIONAL ACADEMIC CONTENT STANDARDS Listed below are some examples of the standards that could incorporate puzzles.

Art Students can use their knowledge of structures and functions.

English Language Arts Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).

Geometry Analyze characteristics and properties of two- and three- dimensional geometric shapes and develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships.

Use visualization, spatial reasoning, and geometric modeling to solve problems.

Science Conceptual and procedural schemes unify science disciplines and provide students with powerful ideas to help them understand the natural world. Systems, order, and organization are part of the Unifying Concepts and Processes Standard.

Social Studies Social studies programs should include experiences that provide for the study of people, places, and environments.

Technology (NETS) Students use technology resources for solving problems.

Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.

RESOURCES PUZZLE HISTORY PUZZLES FOR LEARNING PUZZLE GENERATORS Glencoe Vocabulary Puzzlemaker http:llwww.glencoe.com/sec/science/vocpuzzle/ Jigsaw Puzzle Lite http:llwww.kraisoft.com/puzzle-games/jigsaw/ Puzzle Center http:llwww.apte.com/puzzles/ Jigsaw Puzzle Lite Jigsaw Puzzle Lite, a freeware program for Windows, has many great features. One of them is the ability to create puzzles from your own photographs. Social Studies teachers can import primary source images of important events. Art teachers can create puzzles from masterpieces. Students can create puzzles for a project in any subject area.

jigzone.com Puzzle Center Wow! What a cool place to visit. Set up a free account and then construct crosswords, word scrambles, anagrams, or secret codes. Log in at anytime and have your students solve them. You can also send an e-Puzzle greeting card.

Puzzlemaker Create puzzles and games for flyers, newsletters, or the classroom. Choose from 11 different types of puzzles with step-by-step instructions for adding content. Save time by using the ready-made words lists from Discovery Channel or cut and paste your own. You can print or save your puzzle online once you have signed up for a free account. Puzzlemaker is easy to use for teachers and students.

Linda C. Joseph Columbus Public Schools Library of Congress Linda Joseph is the author of Net Curriculum: An Educator's Guide to Using the Internet, published by CyberAge Books. The recipient of numerous awards, in addition to her work in the Columbus Public Schools and the Library of Congress, Linda is currently a part-time instructor for Ohio State University. Communications to the author may be addressed to her at ljoseph@iwaynet.net.

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