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StatPlanet

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6 to 12
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StatPlanet is an interactive map making site that can be used to create thematic maps using data from UNESCO. Examples are provided such as number of cell phones in use, ...more
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StatPlanet is an interactive map making site that can be used to create thematic maps using data from UNESCO. Examples are provided such as number of cell phones in use, primate fossil finds around the world, marketing data, and hiv statistics. The topics vary greatly and offer an eclectic look at the world. Although some countries are highlighted in grey, meaning no data was available. Data can be viewed as maps, bar charts, scatter plots, and line graphs. Upon mouseover, information from each country will be displayed and changes can be animated over time. Selection can also be made of specific countries or areas as needed. When completed, maps can be exported to be used in other programs. This program can also be downloaded so that you can use your own data to create custom maps. There is a demo video and frequently asked questions section to be used for guidance.

tag(s): data (148), environment (317), maps (288), population (60), statistics (122)

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There are countless ways to incorporate this website into many subject areas. Math teachers will love having a way for students to apply data skills in a real world context. During Women's History month, compare statistics of countries and how women are compensated for their pay. In health class, share the HIV occurrences throughout the world. Assign cooperative learning groups one specific area to investigate and present their findings to the class via a multimedia presentation. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of specific locations within their research. They can even include audio "stories" and pictures.
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Kinetic City - American Association for the Advancement of Science

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4 to 8
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Choose from a great selection of experiments, games, and activities to challenge students with science concepts. Choose from many activities in the following categories: "The Lab Car,"...more
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Choose from a great selection of experiments, games, and activities to challenge students with science concepts. Choose from many activities in the following categories: "The Lab Car," "Mission to Vearth," "The Science Gym," and "Spark Club." Creating a login is not required to play. Registering allows points to accumulate and view progress through the site. Click on "Educators" for information on creating a Science Club and other information.

tag(s): evolution (100), nutrition (154)

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Use the activities in each section to compliment other activities. For example, use activities in "The Science Gym" to learn about Respiration and Fitness. Share some of this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. View printable instructions for each activity, simple directions (some require actual classroom materials,) and answer the conclusion questions. Play Smartfoot Nutrition to answer questions about nutrition and healthy living in a fun and interactive way.

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Dental Health Activities: Lessons and quizzes about teeth, the mouth and dentistry - animatedteeth.com

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K to 12
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This site is all about teeth! There are quizzes, picture diagrams, terms, definitions, and more. This site includes interactives for elementary, middle, and high school students. Some...more
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This site is all about teeth! There are quizzes, picture diagrams, terms, definitions, and more. This site includes interactives for elementary, middle, and high school students. Some examples of topics include: Dentist Office, Cavity Prevention, Types of Teeth, Baby Teeth, Parts of the Mouth, Tongue Anatomy, Facial Anatomy, and others. All of the quizzes include options to learn more about the terms and definitions before taking the quiz.

tag(s): dental health (23)

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This is a fabulous site to use during Dental Health Month! Share the visuals (and quizzes) on your projector or interactive whiteboard. The activities and quizzes are divided into 3 levels (elementary, middle school, and high school). Find a topic/quiz that will work with your students. Challenge older students to investigate one of the topics presented at this site and create interactive posters "glogs" (using Glogster EDU, reviewed here) sharing what they learned.
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No Name-Calling Week - GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

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K to 12
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Are you looking for some "fresh" ideas to put an end to bullying in your classroom but are not sure where or how to start? Well, you are in the ...more
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Are you looking for some "fresh" ideas to put an end to bullying in your classroom but are not sure where or how to start? Well, you are in the right place. This web site brings attention to No Name-Calling Week: an annual week of realistic educational activities designed to end all types of name-calling. No Name-Calling Week was inspired by the young adult novel, The Misfits, and presents an opportunity to address bullying as an increasingly, ongoing issue. Whether you are a teacher, student, administrator, counselor, or parent, there is an abundance of useful ideas, activities, and materials for elementary, middle, and high schools to promote anti-bullying awareness, and they are all free!

tag(s): bullying (52), sports (96), tolerance (10)

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Use the resources from this web site to plan and implement lessons that students will relate to, and help to bring an end to harmful name-calling and "dissing." Select some of the many safe Web 2.0 tools reviewed by TeachersFirst Edge, such as Automotivator, reviewed here for designing digital posters that can be printed, or PhotoPeach, reviewed here for creating a digital slideshow that includes music, captions, and more. TeachersFirst also has an entire collection of on line resources to create comic strips, available here to drive home the message that bullying is never a laughing matter.
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Kid's Health - MEDtropolis

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3 to 12
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Kids Health by MEDtropolis is a one stop shop for kid friendly information about health and other biological issues. This site has a ton of things to do for kids ...more
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Kids Health by MEDtropolis is a one stop shop for kid friendly information about health and other biological issues. This site has a ton of things to do for kids and it is easy to read. It is divided into sections for parents, kids (from ages 8 to 12), and teens. Each section is full of information, activities, games, and interactive modules that have associated quizzes. Note that the teen section does include information on birth control, STDs, and other issues. Make sure the content is aligned with your school policies before sharing in class.

tag(s): myplate (28), nutrition (154)

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Try using this website in health class to teach about healthy eating. Or, use this in family consumer science for teens to have students find their own recipes to make in class. Have students evaluate the recipes based on standard nutritional and health guidelines. Assign cooperative learning groups a certain segment of this website and have the groups create multimedia presentations. Have students create podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).
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Study Jams Science - Scholastic

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3 to 8
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This site provides excellent practice and review with different Science topics. Topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter and more. After choosing a topic,...more
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This site provides excellent practice and review with different Science topics. Topics include plants, human body, the solar system, weather, matter and more. After choosing a topic, various additional choices are offered. For example, under Force and Matter options are available to choose inertia, action and reaction, simple machines, acceleration, and gravity and inertia. Key vocabulary is presented along with a short video explanation of the topic. Don't miss the "karaoke" videos about each topic - sure to delight students (and teachers). In addition to the video, there is an option to test your own ability. Each topic can also be printed to use in the classroom and there is a link to related "jams."

tag(s): earth (228), ecosystems (88), inquiry (37), matter (56), weather (188)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a Science unit or lesson on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Share the videos and/or karaoke with your students. Have students sing along and learn more about science. Especially younger students will enjoy this feature. Create a link to the site on your classroom website or blog for students to use for review and practice at home. Include a link on your classroom newsletter so that parents can use the site at home with their student. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. View the videos on your interactive whiteboard, print out the quizzes for students to take as an assessment.
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One Hundred Push-Ups - Steve Speirs

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5 to 12
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This dandy idea is a clear and concise weekly program to enhance general physical fitness through push-ups. Reading the site is easy; however, beware of some agitating advertisements...more
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This dandy idea is a clear and concise weekly program to enhance general physical fitness through push-ups. Reading the site is easy; however, beware of some agitating advertisements sprinkled through-out the pages of this site. This would be great for health teachers, physical education teachers, and even school wide health initiatives or challenges. Included on this website are links for two hundred squats, twenty five sit-ups, and twenty-five pull ups. If push-ups are the place you want to start, or if you would like to offer a choice in fitness challenges, these links are worth checking out as alternatives for the teacher running the class or the students choice. The important thing is to motivate their health with the technology that they already enjoy.

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Introduce this program as part of a journal activity in health class. Have students do the initial test in class and then the first workout together. Have students read the introductory how and why pages. Have students check in on each for form and honesty purposes, and record their workouts, thoughts, and experiences throughout the challenge weeks. Why not create a class workout wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Do the final test at the end. Fitness prizes such as free passes to the community or school pool or free passes to school athletic events may be a good idea if you can get your district involved on that level. It is worth a try! Districts that are currently pushing for wellness and physical fitness of students and staff should embrace this type of challenge. So as to even the playing field for different levels of fitness that students start at, have the "winners" be the biggest percent gain.

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CurriConnects - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Use CurriConnects to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Build student literacy skills, reinforce the place of curriculum concepts in other contexts, and help...more
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Use CurriConnects to find books related to curriculum topics or subject areas. Build student literacy skills, reinforce the place of curriculum concepts in other contexts, and help students build the important reading strategy of connecting what they read to prior knowledge. Share CurriConnects as links on your class web page or wiki or share them with school and local libraries where students can select books to accompany what they are studying. Topics include Earth Science, Explorers, Frontiers and Settlers, Geographic Wonders (landforms), Inventors and Inventions, Maps, Math in Use, Medicine and Health, The Artists's Eye (books with outstanding illustrations and books about artists), What Do You Do? (careers). More are being added on an ongoing basis. Grade ranges vary.

tag(s): book lists (126), independent reading (126), reading lists (73)

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Share CurriConnects as links on your class web page or wiki or share them with school and local libraries where students can select books to accompany what they are studying. Explore the many ideas TeachersFirst offers for using CurriConnects in your classroom. Be sure to share these lists with ESL/ELL teachers for reading selections to build student vocabulary and understanding of curriculum.

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Hands-only CPR- Create Your Own Symphony - American Heart Association

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K to 12
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Intended as a promotion to explain the new CPR technique, this site features user-controlled "hands" you click to create different rhythmic patterns (with your speakers turned up, of...more
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Intended as a promotion to explain the new CPR technique, this site features user-controlled "hands" you click to create different rhythmic patterns (with your speakers turned up, of course). Turn different rhythms off and on by clicking. Choose from hip-hop, dance, or Latin rhythms. Scroll down to see the original intent of the site and learn about hands-only CPR from a video and quick visual checklist. You can send your created music "track" to a friend via email or share it via Facebook. The AHA will certainly get the word out quickly with this catchy toy!

tag(s): rhythm (20)

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Music teachers trying to build understanding of basic rhythms will love sharing this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard and having students create their own rhythms online, then duplicate them with their own hands to build music listening skills. Health teachers can use the site to draw attention to the new CPR and invite students to send it out to their friends and family members.
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Hybrid Medical Animation's Videos - Vimeo, LLC

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8 to 12
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Finding it difficult to "show" your health or biology students how different parts of their cells, bodies, or even toothpaste work? Try this part of the Vimeo site. It has ...more
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Finding it difficult to "show" your health or biology students how different parts of their cells, bodies, or even toothpaste work? Try this part of the Vimeo site. It has animations of different cellular and molecular processes. The animations are not only factual but they are beautiful as well. Videos are shareable and can be embedded onto websites. The clips are spectacular for entry level biology students to visualize molecular and cellular processes, but the detail and intricacy of the clips makes them extremely suitable for advanced placement biology students.

tag(s): medicine (67)

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Try using "The Crest Dual Action Whitening Mechanism Action" in upper middle to high school level health classes. Show the video on the interactive whiteboard or projector and then talk about different toothpastes and good hygiene practices. Discuss the "why" of keeping teeth healthy. Cross curriculum and have students develop experiments to test different toothpastes. (Have students use unsealed tile pieces instead of their teeth, just in case of allergies, toothbrush availability, etc.) In biology class, show the video of the T4 Bacteriophage on the interactive whiteboard to start a discussion of bacterial viruses or viruses in general. Have students revisit the video at the conclusion of the lesson, and have them make podcasts of the bacteriophage invasion process using PodOmatic (reviewed here). Try taking screen shots using a website like Jing (reviewed here) to capture different parts of the video to create an enhanced podcast. Just remember: give credit to where it is due. Another thought on how to use videos like this is to embed one on your website, especially during weeks where classes are interrupted by school events or testing, and have students participate in an online discussion of the video. It keeps them thinking about biology even when they are not physically able to be in class!
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Cellcraft - Newgrounds, Inc.

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4 to 7
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Follow the directions in this simulation to become acquainted with the parts of the cell and the basic processes such as obtaining energy. Follow the narrative, choose "review" to go...more
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Follow the directions in this simulation to become acquainted with the parts of the cell and the basic processes such as obtaining energy. Follow the narrative, choose "review" to go back to information learned in past screens, and click on the encyclopedia to learn unfamiliar words. Note: The link to "Mature" makes this site a poor choice for students to navigate on their own, since few students are "mature" enough to ignore such temptation. It is unfortunate that the site's creators included this.

tag(s): energy (197)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector, viewing this site to provide background information for further discussion in class. Have students work in groups to organize what they onserve and learn in the whole-class exploration, creating a mind map using bubbl.us (reviewed here). Use class discussion to uncover misconceptions and promote student understanding.
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TeachersFirst's Dental Health Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students learn about dental health. Whether you plan a special unit or lesson on...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students learn about dental health. Whether you plan a special unit or lesson on this topic for Dental Health Month or select from these resources for a related health unit, you will find useful ideas and strategies for students and adults to learn about healthy teeth and mouths.

tag(s): dental health (23)

In the Classroom

Be sure to share these resources with parents and your parent organization via your class or school web page during Dental Health Month (February) and back to school health checks. These resources will also be helpful when teaching lessons on teeth and bones as part of a Human Body unit.

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TeachersFirst's Resources for Red Ribbon Week - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn about drugs and alcohol for Red Ribbon week/month or at any time during the year. Use these...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help students learn about drugs and alcohol for Red Ribbon week/month or at any time during the year. Use these resources to plan events for Red Ribbon week or projects and classroom activities for drug and alcohol prevention. No matter what time of year, you can find information and activities to maintain the anti-drug message in your classroom and school.

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Share these resources among all the teachers in your school as you prepare for Red Ribbon Week. Make this link available on your class web page for projects and more during any drug/alcohol unit.

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Ayiti: The Cost of Life - Global Kids and Gamelab

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5 to 12
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In this role playing activity, students must help the Guinard Family from Haiti receive an education and live a happy life. The activity takes place over four years and is ...more
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In this role playing activity, students must help the Guinard Family from Haiti receive an education and live a happy life. The activity takes place over four years and is divided into sixteen seasons. Students must assign roles to the family at the beginning of each season. As students complete the activity they must keep track of each family members statistics. Each member has statistics in the areas of Wellness, General health, Happiness, Emotional well-being, and Education. To win your family must survive for four years and the healthier and more educated your family is, the better you do in this activity.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (115)

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Take your students on a virtual trip to Haiti by sharing this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. The site would work well for individual or pairs of students in a lab or on laptops. Have them record information in current event journals. At the end of the game have students prepare a short presentation using PowerPoint or an online tool like 280 Slides reviewed here to share with the class on how their family did.
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Learning Games for Kids

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K to 6
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Learning Games has a large selection of games divided into easy to find categories. Topics include typing, music, history, science, health and more. For example, in the Social Studies...more
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Learning Games has a large selection of games divided into easy to find categories. Topics include typing, music, history, science, health and more. For example, in the Social Studies category there are games to learn U.S. presidents and women in history. Each game includes an explanation of game rules. There is even a category with education songs and videos that includes Science songs!

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Include this site for your computer center time. Challenge students to post the highest score on the math games. Use the keyboarding practice games to help students learn proper keyboard placement of fingers.
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Buster Baxter: Lung Defender - PBS Kids

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K to 2
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With the use of familiar characters from the Arthur book and television series this science interactive will help young students understand what allergens can trigger an asthma attack....more
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With the use of familiar characters from the Arthur book and television series this science interactive will help young students understand what allergens can trigger an asthma attack. Students must capture allergens that can trigger an asthma attack. If they catch enough allergens then the the throat will close up and the game is over. Before each new "capture challenge" there is a short informational talk from Buster Baxter about the specific allergen.

tag(s): air (163)

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Use this activity as part of a health or science lesson. Use as an introduction to a discussion about asthma. Introduce the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector and then have students try out the game on individual computers, or as a learning center. After learning some facts about asthma have students create bookmarks with one fact that they learned. Have students trade their bookmark with a classmate.
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Too Smart to Start - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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3 to 12
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This site discusses ways to prevent underage drinking, provides advice, and suggests useful situation strategies. There are free downloadable materials, interactive activities, Web...more
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This site discusses ways to prevent underage drinking, provides advice, and suggests useful situation strategies. There are free downloadable materials, interactive activities, Web links, and videos. The comic strip graphics they use are effective and give the site a hip feel. This site also encourages youth to examine the influence the media can have.

tag(s): media literacy (58), red ribbon week (8)

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Share this site on your school website. Embed their widget onto a school website and have the class view a scrolling list of the latest news on underage alcohol use. Too Smart too Start is a great resource to support Red Ribbon Week and health studies. Use this site to develop Media Literacy." Have students test their knowledge about the "media" before opening up discussion about how to analyze the media's message. Brainstorm media forms students view on a daily basis and record them on graphic organizers using a site such as Padlet (reviewed here).
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This is another "go to" site for information. It is linked to the study conducted by NIH, "Teen Brain Under Construction," that is particularly informative for adults and teens alike. Patricia, NJ, Grades: 6 - 12

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D.A.R.E - Drug Abuse Resistance Education

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K to 12
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The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program has a colorful new "cool" website that cleverly teaches students how to resist peer pressure, abstain from drugs, violence, and...more
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The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program has a colorful new "cool" website that cleverly teaches students how to resist peer pressure, abstain from drugs, violence, and gangs. Fun features such as Lucky Kat TV provide cartoons and videos about Internet safety, confronting bullies, and the correct use of prescription drugs. There are opportunities to share photos, poems, and videos and engage in interactive activities. Follow the adult link for more in-depth information meant for parents and caregivers.

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Classes that are participating in the D.A.R.E program may want to bookmark this site on the computers in the learning station and use it as a center. Turn a podium style lecture into a more active learning experience. Project activities such as "D.A.R.E. Squares" onto an interactive whiteboard or projector and enjoy learning about the dangers of using prescription drugs that belong to others. Many of the site features will work as great starting points for individual or group projects. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here. Even if your school does not have a D.A.R.E. program in place, this site will support content taught during red ribbon week or health class. Share this link on your class web page and/or in a parent newsletter for those who are dealing with these challenges.
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Building Blocks for a Healthy Future - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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Building Blocks assists parents and caregivers of children age 3 - 6 to foster healthy decision making skills and suggests ways to protect children from developing harmful behaviors...more
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Building Blocks assists parents and caregivers of children age 3 - 6 to foster healthy decision making skills and suggests ways to protect children from developing harmful behaviors and habits later in life. The family section suggests tips for positive parenting, fun family activities, and how to teach social skills. The educator section contains lesson plans, links to valuable web sites and resources for preschool curriculum. Children will enjoy the animated cartoons and characters found in the site's friendship circle. There are interactive activities, songs, and e-cards. You will want to take note that with parental permission students can send the site's cartoon character emails.

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Preschool,preK,and Kindergarten educators will find resources on this site to promote creative problem solving and engaging lessons for young children. These age appropriate activities are also perfect for kindergarten and pre-school classrooms participating in Red Ribbon week. Save this site in your favorites on classroom computers and let the students explore the site alone or in groups. Download the sing-along-songs and incorporate dance into your daily routine. Project the games onto an interactive whiteboard or projector and play "Simon Says," talk about emotions and develop memory skills.
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National Family Partnership - National Family Partnership

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Download a free planning guide and additional resource materials for Red Ribbon week. The National Family Partnership was the sponsor of the first Red Ribbon week back in 1988. They...more
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Download a free planning guide and additional resource materials for Red Ribbon week. The National Family Partnership was the sponsor of the first Red Ribbon week back in 1988. They work to educate youth about dangers of underage drinking and drug abuse. Articles on this site include tips on how to prevent substance abuse and inspire adults to participate in drug prevention activities.

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Schools participating in Red Ribbon week may want to post a link to this site on the school website to explain the history and purpose of this campaign. This site focuses primarily on parent support. This is a helpful resource to stay up to date with drug abuse trends and advice to offer families dealing with these issues.
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