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HeartPoint - HeartPoint

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6 to 12
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HeartPoint has created this site that takes a creative approach to teaching students (and adults) about the heart, heart functions, and heart problems. Highlights include "Foods You...more
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HeartPoint has created this site that takes a creative approach to teaching students (and adults) about the heart, heart functions, and heart problems. Highlights include "Foods You Will Love" and "Health Tips". Be sure to visit the "HeartPoint Gallery" for detailed pictures, descriptions and other information.

tag(s): heart (42), nutrition (154)

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FCS and health teachers can use this site for student research or scavenger hunts about the heart. The recipe section would be great for FCS classes learning to plan healthy menus. Health/PE classes studying life habits and disease will find lots of information on cardiac conditions and prevention.

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nrgBalance - Penn State Hershey

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K to 12
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This informative website offers teachers, students, and parents ideas about how to get fit and be healthy. The focus of the site is 1-2-3-4-5: 1 hour of physical activity, 2 ...more
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This informative website offers teachers, students, and parents ideas about how to get fit and be healthy. The focus of the site is 1-2-3-4-5: 1 hour of physical activity, 2 hours (or less) of screen time (TV or computer), 3 meals a day, 4 or more glasses of water daily, and 5 servings of fruits and/or vegetables each day. There are also links to help you stay healthy during the holidays, contests, the Learning Center with several webcasts (with full screen options), and more! This site requires Adobe Acrobat and Flash. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): obesity (19)

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Share the webcasts in your health and physical education classes using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Try some of the contests as a class. Challenge students to make one of the five suggested changes in the 1-2-3-4-5 project. Why not try one of the changes each month from January through May? Have students create a class wiki to keep track of their successes (and failures) during the challenge. At New Year's, this is a great site to share for resolutions!
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NMAI: Identity by Design - Smithsonian

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6 to 12
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From the National Museum of the American Indian, this online exhibit is subtitled "Tradition, Change and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses." The exhibit uses 19th century Native...more
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From the National Museum of the American Indian, this online exhibit is subtitled "Tradition, Change and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses." The exhibit uses 19th century Native women's clothing as insight into Native American culture of the time period, and features stunning photographs of Native dresses and commentary by present-day Native women. The site both describes the ways Native women made their clothing in the 19th century and the ways that clothing can give us important clues about the role of women in Native society. Of interest also are the ways clothing began to reflect the influence of the dominant white culture on traditional Native practices. The site also includes information about today's Native Powwow dance competitions which bridge the distance between traditional culture and the modern world, and bring 19th century Native women's clothing and costume into the 21st century. The Resources link contains lesson plans and educational material. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): clothing (9), native americans (78), women (101)

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Traditionally, American history has been taught as the story of the dominant European culture's triumph over more primitive Native cultures. Native American culture is too often pictured as one-dimensional rather than as a rich collection of diverse tribes and cultures. If Native women are featured at all, they may be represented only by Pocahontas and Sacajawea. This site allows a fuller exploration of the variety of Native women's cultures and would serve as an outstanding supplement to a study of the European settlement of the West. The photographs of the women's dresses are lovely and would display nicely on an interactive whiteboard or projector. The commentary would be useful for any student doing more in-depth research into Native culture. The site's focus on women's roles and culture would also fit nicely with a unit on women's history. The Resources link contains lesson plans and educational material. To extend the clothing-as -culture approach in your classroom, ask students to create a wiki showing the role of clothing in ethnic subcultures of the U.S. today or at other places and times. Middle school grades might want to work together with the art or FCS teachers on this.
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Kids a Cookin' - Kansas State University

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1 to 8
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Kids a Cookin' is loaded with simple and easy recipes. Each recipe comes with a how-to video. The site also provides lesson plans and a glossary of terms. Be sure ...more
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Kids a Cookin' is loaded with simple and easy recipes. Each recipe comes with a how-to video. The site also provides lesson plans and a glossary of terms. Be sure to watch the food safety and healthy eating tips videos prior to the start of cooking activities. There is also a link to view this site in Spanish. (The Spanish, Espanol, button is to the left of the title).

If you use the back button, you may end up in a different language! If this happens, click English or Espanol, to return to the preferred language. This site requires RealPlayer and Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): cooking (34), directions (20), measurement (159), spanish (108)

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Use the recipes to enrich lessons about sequencing and directions. Students could write the directions according to what they see on the video or practice following the directions by making the recipes in small groups. They could even present their recipes to the class in a cooking show format. Try having students write the directions in a wiki and enhance it with digital photographs. This site would be a beneficial addition to Family and Consumer Science or health units. You may want to add this link to your class website for students to "cook up some fun" at home.
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Good Guide - Good Guide, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Confused over what is considered a good, safe, non-toxic product? Use this site to quickly see the best products in categories such as hair care, baby care, and household cleaners....more
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Confused over what is considered a good, safe, non-toxic product? Use this site to quickly see the best products in categories such as hair care, baby care, and household cleaners. Quickly search the top choices for a particular type of product.

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Use this site for students to identify the best products to use in a Food and Consumer Science class product comparison. Students can conduct their own research by using the different products suggested and then vote to make their own choice. Students can create advertisements for their favorite product using traditional or digital media. In Science, students can devise experiments to test various products like shampoo for the properties most desired (for example, lathering ability.) Students can identify ingredients that are not in the top products and research to determine why they are added in the first place.

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Mashable: 50+ Places to Buy Groceries Online - Sean P. Aune

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4 to 12
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Looking for a way to teach real shopping lessons without actually going to a store? This blog post includes links to online grocery shopping from all over the U.S. Since ...more
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Looking for a way to teach real shopping lessons without actually going to a store? This blog post includes links to online grocery shopping from all over the U.S. Since the stores are in business to make money they will, of course, include advertisements on their sites. Teachers will want to discuss advertising links and why students should avoid them to stay on task.

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Use these virtual stores to teach real-world lessons in math, FCS, ESL, ELL, and economics lessons. Special Ed teachers may also want to use these sites to help students with life skills. Have students compare pricing in online venues vs. bricks-and-mortar stores. Use the pricing to teach unit pricing, comparison shopping, percent, and more.

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Consumer Reports Blogs - Consumer Reports

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Teens spend a lot of money. And they influence the spending of a lot more. Marketing companies know this and pitch their products mercilessly to the teen age demographic. With ...more
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Teens spend a lot of money. And they influence the spending of a lot more. Marketing companies know this and pitch their products mercilessly to the teen age demographic. With their high need for acceptance and affiliation, teens are also very susceptible to these marketing pitches. This site, part of the well-respected Consumer Reports site, offers commentary in several areas of interest to teens: electronics, cars, money, and shopping. Each topic area includes a full post and a blog. There are also links to news, forums, and videos. Offered without the hype, these reviews and observations may help teens cut through the marketing to learn to make intelligent consumer decisions, and learn to manage their money responsibly.

In order to comment on the blog, you must enter your name and email address. Rather than using your personal or work email, consider creating a Gmail account. If you plan to have students register individually, you may want to create your own Gmail account with up to 20 subaccounts for each group of students (by code name or number) within your classes. Here is a blog post that tells how to set up GMail subaccounts to use for any online membership service.

tag(s): advertising (33), business (58), safety (92)

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Family and consumer science, business, or "Life 101" classes might ask students to research common teen purchases using this site as a resource. Similarly, economics or psychology classes might consider the impact of marketing on purchasing, and how advertisers target and influence their audience. Follow up by having students generate their own blog entry on a product comparison they do as a project.
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25+ Tools for Accounting and Budgeting - Sean P. Aune

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7 to 12
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This blog, created by Sean P. Aune, offers a collection of Web 2.0 tools which could be useful in business education, math, family and consumer science, or economics classes. Some ...more
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This blog, created by Sean P. Aune, offers a collection of Web 2.0 tools which could be useful in business education, math, family and consumer science, or economics classes. Some of the sites offer ways to save money, create a budget, analyze your expenses, find hidden fees, and more. The four main areas of the site include Business Accounting, Personal Accounting, Personal Budgeting, and Shared Accounting. Each link on the blog includes a brief description of the site.

Be certain to consider your school's Acceptable Use Policy before creating any STUDENT accounts on any of the tools. There are comments (students can both read or add comments), so be sure to supervise their navigating or do this as a class on an interactive whiteboard or projector. For tips on using Web 2.0 sites in your class visit the TeachersFirst Edge Tips. Some of these tools require Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): business (58), counting (120), money (193)

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Use this site to help your students learn how to budget their money and expenses. Read through the descriptions of the 25+ tools and find out which ones may be useful in your subject area. Have students choose one of the tools to create a monthly budget a week or so prior to the start of the month. Have students keep calculations (using the site) throughout their "budgeted month" and see how well they can stick to their own budget. You may want to include this link on your class website so students can access the tools at home. You could also assign students to try more than one tool and compare them. Since students are used to using web tools for everything, challenge them to make the decision about which tool is best.
 
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Health Assist - HealthAssist.net

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6 to 12
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Confused about the information and myths about health and nutrition? Use this site to gain valuable information about a wide variety of topics. Find articles in categories such as "Food,"...more
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Confused about the information and myths about health and nutrition? Use this site to gain valuable information about a wide variety of topics. Find articles in categories such as "Food," "Health Conditions," "Remedies and Therapies," "Health Tips," "Health Products," and "Tools and Lists." View a "Tip of the Day," "Latest Articles," "Interesting Health Facts," and "Latest Health News." Click on the abstract of an article of your choice to read the entire article. Sources and References are included.

tag(s): nutrition (154), obesity (19)

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Students can brainstorm health and nutrition concerns among their class and then work in groups to obtain information and dispel myths. Students can survey their class or school to obtain information on what students their age know. Have groups present information to the class learned through the survey and research on the site. Additionally, students can create a newsletter for the class, school, or community or publish information to a wiki or blog. Students can also create a goal for personal wellness and health. Their action plan can use relevant facts and information from this site. For example, students can research TV viewing habits, habits that can make a person fat, and identifying unhealthy food.

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Tox Mystery - National Library of Medicine

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2 to 9
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Do students know the hazardous items that exist in a home? Use this easy to use tour through a house to find them. Click on a room to identify hazards ...more
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Do students know the hazardous items that exist in a home? Use this easy to use tour through a house to find them. Click on a room to identify hazards that exist in the house. In each room, the student is told how many hazards exist. Only the actual hazardous objects animate when hovered over. Clicking on what you believe to be a hazard brings up a question to answer. After the answer, more information is written and spoken. Choosing an incorrect answer brings up information about the incorrect response and an urge to try again. Links along the bottom lead to the "National Library of Medicine," "Parent Resources" which provide a multitude of links for more information, "For Teachers" which supplies lesson plan ideas including packets to print, extra activities and resources, as well as Activity pages. Click on "Getting Started" for a pictorial description of using the site. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): chemicals (40), safety (92)

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As part of a safety unit; see how many items a student can correctly find. Use this as an introduction to a basic science unit in order to demonstrate Chemistry around the house. Use as an initial activity to identify what students already know or need more information about. Students can use the activity as a springboard for ideas for community awareness projects and posters of common household hazards. Students can research more in depth into the hazards and present their findings to the class using traditional means or use of digital and whiteboard resources.
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Agriculture in the Classroom - USDA

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1 to 12
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Understand the importance of agriculture and visit a farm using your computer! Choose from the "Limits of the Earth" and "The Story of Milk" (in the Kids Zone Virtual ...more
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Understand the importance of agriculture and visit a farm using your computer! Choose from the "Limits of the Earth" and "The Story of Milk" (in the Kids Zone Virtual Tours), among others. Spend time on the "4-H Virtual Farm" where you investigate different types of agriculture through movies, slides, and simulated tours. Explore the agricultural products we use every day as well as the biotechnology behind it. Other resources include Science in a Shopping Cart, Webquests, AgKnowledge quizzes, Teacher resources including lesson plans and science projects, and a Student Center for Teens and Kids. Most activities are geared for the younger grades though some links are more appropriate for secondary students. This site requires use of Quicktime and Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): agriculture (54), nutrition (154)

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Use the activities to introduce a Food and Fiber unit. Identify the products produced by the various types of farms. Use the activities prior to a farm visit or presentation. Students can also count the different types of products used by their family and use the site for background research. This would be a great way for elementary students to study various farms as part of social studies lessons on producers and consumers. Family and Consumer Science classes can use this information to begin a unit on dairy, grain, or meat products. Use the information for students to follow goods from farm to table for presentation.
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CommerceWOW!Zone - TD Bank

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2 to 12
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You, too, will say "Wow!" when your students explore this financial literacy site. There is a free membership offered, and it takes only a moment to register. Written to ...more
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You, too, will say "Wow!" when your students explore this financial literacy site. There is a free membership offered, and it takes only a moment to register. Written to meet National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards, CommerceWOW!Zone provides children and teens with a better understanding of the value and usage of money. This interactive tool targets two audiences: elementary-aged and teens. The under-12 group follows the adventures of Penny Arcade and her friends as they learn about money through videos and exciting, interactive games. Teens can play a virtual stock market game where they receive $50,000 in fantasy money every month to "invest" in the real stock market. Teens compete with other players in this educational, fun experience.

tag(s): money (193), stock market (13)

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This Commerce Bank site provides oodles of lesson plans to make your financial units come alive. Many of the activities would work well initially on a projector or whiteboard with follow-up activities on partner or individual computers. This site is a MUST when you reach the "Time and Money" portion of your math curriculum or talk about money in your elementary social studies class. Be sure to include the link on your teacher web page for parents to participate, as well. The site even provides guest speakers for classrooms and assembly visits to teach financial issues (Florida, Washington, DC, and Northeast areas only). Your class may want to become Junior Bankers and earn a badge, so check out the Junior Banker game section. High school business and economics teachers will love this one, too!
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Math Online Clips - ThinkPort

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6 to 12
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This wonderful site has an extensive list of free video clips about various mathematical and economics topics. Topics include investing, budgeting, credit, averaging, coordinates, home...more
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This wonderful site has an extensive list of free video clips about various mathematical and economics topics. Topics include investing, budgeting, credit, averaging, coordinates, home ownership, international currency, everyday math for parents, and many other topics. Users can open them with Windows Media or Real Player (the listings tell which one is needed). Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. This site MUST have a high speed connection! It can be slow to load during "peak" times (11 a.m. to 2 pm Eastern time in the U.S.). Be patient while clips download, even on a peppy network. While the videos are downloading, you may not think anything is happening. TURN OFF your pop-up blocker (including the ones built into the Google and Yahoo toolbars) so you can see the video pop-up windows.

tag(s): coordinates (32), money (193)

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Preview the video clips before recommending them to students or using in class, since the quality of video and audio varies significantly. Downloaded files will open much faster, too! Remember to turn up speakers for group viewing or provide headphones at your center. Share this link with parents on your web page or in your newsletter to encourage math practice at home.
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Catalog Choice - Ecology Center

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6 to 12
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This is an environmental site and should NOT be confused with catalogchoice.COM, a consumer site FULL of advertising. Catalog Choice(.org) provides free membership to "opt out" of catalogs....more
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This is an environmental site and should NOT be confused with catalogchoice.COM, a consumer site FULL of advertising. Catalog Choice(.org) provides free membership to "opt out" of catalogs. Their self-described mission is "a free service that allows you to decide what gets in your mailbox. Use it to reduce your mailbox clutter, while helping save natural resources." If you teach consumer skills, basic economics, or environmental issues, this site is a real world place to visit with your students as part of your class discussions on marketing, advertising, and environmental issues caused by junk mail.

tag(s): advertising (33), earth (228), earth day (112), environment (317)

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If you teach about advertising techniques or information literacy, project both the .org and the .com sites on a screen or whiteboard so students can use a critical eye to see what the .com site is trying to do! Invite your science class to share the .ORG site at home and start an "uncatalog" drive to save some trees. Keep a running total of the number of catalogs your class has stopped and have students research the number of trees you have saved. As part of Earth Day or with your environmental club, share this resource with the entire school community. Encourage students to create tree-safe electronic "ads" for catalog choice (.ORG) that you can share on your class web page. Note: the site requires a free membership, so students should join together with a parent, especially since most catalogs are probably addressed to the adults in the house. Do not permit sharing of personal information (name and address) by students on the site!

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Eat Better America - General Mills

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Load up the facts about nutrition, dieting, and fitness at this site. Articles on health-related issues feature up-to-date information for you and your students. ...more
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Load up the facts about nutrition, dieting, and fitness at this site. Articles on health-related issues feature up-to-date information for you and your students.

tag(s): cooking (34), fitness (49), nutrition (154)

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Sign up for the newsletter for the latest health news. Family and Consumer Science teachers, take the suggestion from this site to "healthify" recipes and have your students doing their own "healthifying." Health/PE teachers might want to share this resources from their teacher web page as a reference or for fitness research projects (especially the ones you assign when students are unable to participate in gym class).

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Spatulatta: Cooking 4 Kids Online - Spatulatta LLC.

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2 to 8
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The subtitle of this site, Cooking 4 Kids Online, says it all. From hundreds of "video recipes" to kid hosts, opportunities to submit your own recipes as Remote Reporters, ...more
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The subtitle of this site, Cooking 4 Kids Online, says it all. From hundreds of "video recipes" to kid hosts, opportunities to submit your own recipes as Remote Reporters, featured recipes including healthy snacks, information about cooking utensils and supplies, lessons in cooking basics, and up to date previews of upcoming sections, this site motivates kids to learn to cook and eat in a healthy manner. You can teach basic weights and measures using healthy foods. Clever section titles make even eating veggies attractive to all kids.This site requires Quicktime. Get it from the Teacher's First Toolbox TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): cooking (34), nutrition (154)

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Use this site as a resource during your unit on nutrition or in your FCS Foods class. Share the link on your teacher web page for access in and out of class. Encourage students to share the recipes at home and offer a class contest for the best healthy snack recipe. The prize: the class will submit the winning choice to the web site! If your PTO/PTA sponsors after school clubs, this site could be the core content for a great one.

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Kids Book Club Book - Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp

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2 to 12
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This site, a companion to a print book, focuses on ideas and activities for book clubs, including short summaries of books, recipes, and activities paired up with featured books. ...more
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This site, a companion to a print book, focuses on ideas and activities for book clubs, including short summaries of books, recipes, and activities paired up with featured books. Books included are of many levels and genres, all of high interest for children. Children's authors write some of the book reviews; book club members are welcome to list their book club, book descriptions, and activities on the site as well. Links include an author section with a comprehensive list of authors who will speak to your book clubs by phone and authors and illustrators willing to visit your school.

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Find food ideas and activities to promote reading on this site! Mention this site to your school librarian for use with school book clubs. FCS teachers may want to coordinate some of the recipes with books featured in language arts class. Parents would appreciate the link on your teacher web page or newsletter so they can encourage reading at home. Your school parent organization can find great ideas, as well. Make this link part of your family literacy treasury.

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Chew On This - Food Commission Research Charity

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This site provides information about food, nutrition and health. Although some of the terms and food labels are specific to the United Kingdom, the site will encourage students to think...more
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This site provides information about food, nutrition and health. Although some of the terms and food labels are specific to the United Kingdom, the site will encourage students to think about what is in the food they eat and how it affects their bodies. Downloadable worksheets are available. This site requires Adobe Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): nutrition (154)

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Assign individual or pairs of students a section of this website to visit in a lab or on laptops. Have the groups present the section to the rest of the class.
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Seeing Science - Science & Technology Facility Council

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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include...more
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This website provides interactive lesson plans in numerous science subjects including life, space, materials, food, environment and light. Some of the unique science topics include anthrax, Pluto, cement, chocolate, plants and more! The activities are designed to use with students ages 11-16, but could be adapted for students younger or older. Each lesson has a teacher section (with lesson plans, notes and more), a student section (with printable worksheets), and an interactive/multimedia section (with videos, audio, games and more). These lessons are motivational, technological and educational - you do not want to miss this exciting opportunity! The interactive activities requires Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): chocolate (7), plants (144), safety (92), solar system (119)

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Anyone teaching upper elementary and secondary science should check this free website for activites correlated to your curriculum. Your first choices should be replacements for units you find tedious or only marginally successful. Try a new way, and see the learning happen. Most of these activities are perfectly suited for an interactive whiteboard.
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The History of Costume - Braun & Schneider

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6 to 12
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This is a simple site, but extremely useful in helping students understand how "clothes make the man." Whether you are talking about costuming a play or how clothes represented classes...more
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This is a simple site, but extremely useful in helping students understand how "clothes make the man." Whether you are talking about costuming a play or how clothes represented classes in social studies, this site will enable students to see how clothing has helped make that "first impression" since the beginning of time.

The "History of Costume" was printed from 1861 to 1880 in Munich by the publishing firm of Braun and Schneider. It was originally published as individual plates in a German magazine. Later, these plates were collected and bound into book form. The total publication consisted of 125 pages, with four pictures per pages, for a total of 500 costume designs. These plates consisted of historical dress from antiquity to the end of the 19th century. This book is an excellent source for students who are studying the history of fashion and for costume designers. One must be aware though, that these illustrations have a Victorian perspective to their designs. The last 35 pages consist of contemporary folk dress (c.1880) from most European, Asian, and African countries. These provides a source for researching plays which take place during the Victorian period, such as "The King and I" or "The Sea Gull". The original book was published in German, so at times, the English translation is confusing. This is especially noticeable in the contemporary folk dress plates where many of the countries mentioned now have different names or no longer exist.

tag(s): clothing (9), costumes (6)

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Share some of the images on a projector as you read literature or study the cultures of these time periods. You should also make the link available as students create their own plays, presnetaions, or posters about people from history. FCS students could also use the images to help them plan advanced sewing projects.

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