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Don't Buy It: Get Media Smart - KCTS

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5 to 8
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Help your students become savvy consumers with this interactive media literacy site. Discover some common advertising tricks, analyze product packaging, and find out how to be more...more
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Help your students become savvy consumers with this interactive media literacy site. Discover some common advertising tricks, analyze product packaging, and find out how to be more discriminating and less gullible when it comes to mass media. The "Teachers" link provides printer-friendly lesson plans and extension activities.

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Soft Drink Sales at Schools - Public Affairs Television

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9 to 12
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Should school districts partner with soft drink companies to promote soda sales in schools? This lesson plan provides a great opportunity for students to discover the complex relationship...more
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Should school districts partner with soft drink companies to promote soda sales in schools? This lesson plan provides a great opportunity for students to discover the complex relationship between the financial demands of public school districts and the need to promote healthy eating habits. Downloadable handouts are provided.

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Nutrition Cafe - Pacific Science Center

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6 to 8
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These three entertaining, interactive games help students understand the importance of nutrition and healthy eating. In "Nutrient Sleuth" students must follow clues to find the missing...more
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These three entertaining, interactive games help students understand the importance of nutrition and healthy eating. In "Nutrient Sleuth" students must follow clues to find the missing nutrient. "Grab a Grape" requires visitors to match nutrition-related questions and answers in a Jeopardy-like format. The eye-opening "Have a Bite" activity asks students to build a meal from a menu of choices and find out how nutritious it actually is.

tag(s): nutrition (155)

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Flash and non-Flash versions are available. The Flash version is much preferable.

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Interactive Sound Ruler - National Institute on Deafness

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6 to 8
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How loud is too loud? With this interactive tool, students can select a decibel level within the threshold of normal human hearing, listen to the corresponding sound (a mosquito, a...more
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How loud is too loud? With this interactive tool, students can select a decibel level within the threshold of normal human hearing, listen to the corresponding sound (a mosquito, a diesel truck, a rock concert), and read about the effects of prolonged exposure. This is a great tool for helping kids understand the relationship between sounds and decibels.

tag(s): sound (103)

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Electrical Safety World - Sacramento Municipal Utility District

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4 to 6
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This site introduces upper elementary students to a wealth of information related to electricity - from where it comes from and how it travels, to hidden dangers and safety practices....more
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This site introduces upper elementary students to a wealth of information related to electricity - from where it comes from and how it travels, to hidden dangers and safety practices. As students explore the site, they can test their knowledge with interactive games, and click on highlighted words throughout the text to reveal definitions. A teacher's guide, printable safety certificate, and glossary are provided.

tag(s): electricity (89), energy (207)

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Dietary Guidelines for Americans - Department of Health and Human Services

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9 to 12
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Access this site to download the government's dietary guidelines. Also includes a printable brochure summarizing the Guidelines, a consolidated list of key nutritional recommendations,...more
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Access this site to download the government's dietary guidelines. Also includes a printable brochure summarizing the Guidelines, a consolidated list of key nutritional recommendations, and related links that could be useful for health class research projects.

tag(s): myplate (25), nutrition (155)

In the Classroom

Health teachers will appreciate these resources concerning dietary guidelines and healthy eating choices. Use the information here to provide students with quality information, as a resource for a research project or paper.

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It's a Snap - School Network for Absenteeism Prevention (SNAP)

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5 to 8
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Flu season is approaching and the hand-washing lesson in health class is not far behind. This site provides kid-friendly materials and clear descriptions of how to wash hands properly,...more
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Flu season is approaching and the hand-washing lesson in health class is not far behind. This site provides kid-friendly materials and clear descriptions of how to wash hands properly, and what can happen when it's not done (yuck!). Includes an accompanying video and a downloadable "toolkit" and poster.

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Effects of Drugs on the Nervous System - University of Washington

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6 to 12
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Supplement a secondary health class lesson on the dangers of drugs and alcohol with this impressive site designed for kids by a professor of anesthesiology. Charts, graphs, and illustrations...more
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Supplement a secondary health class lesson on the dangers of drugs and alcohol with this impressive site designed for kids by a professor of anesthesiology. Charts, graphs, and illustrations add to the kid-friendly tone and create an easy-to-understand resource that would be a great starting point for a research project or Web hunt.

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Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make multimedia anti-drug presentations using Prezi, reviewed here.

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Sparky the Fire Dog - NFPA

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1 to 3
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Early elementary students - even nonreaders - can safely explore this site and learn about fire prevention and safety with interactive games and activities. ...more
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Early elementary students - even nonreaders - can safely explore this site and learn about fire prevention and safety with interactive games and activities.

tag(s): fire (27), fire prevention (11), safety (92)

In the Classroom

Share a fire prevention game as a center on your classroom computer or cluster.
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Hyperheart - University of Utah

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6 to 12
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Use this animated site to help student visualize how blood circulates through the heart. Younger students can easily follow the well-labeled animation, and older students may be interested...more
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Use this animated site to help student visualize how blood circulates through the heart. Younger students can easily follow the well-labeled animation, and older students may be interested in the tutorials, which explain the various stages of the cardiac cycle in much greater detail.

tag(s): heart (43)

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Be Safe for Kids - Children's Hospital - Pittsburgh

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2 to 7
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Use this site to teach young students how to avoid common injuries in a variety of circumstances: in the sun, around water, near vehicles and traffic, during sports practices and ...more
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Use this site to teach young students how to avoid common injuries in a variety of circumstances: in the sun, around water, near vehicles and traffic, during sports practices and games, and even in their own yards or playgrounds. Animated instructional cartoons - narrated by kids - and interactive quizzes are liberally sprinkled through the site.

tag(s): safety (92)

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Disabilities Studies for Teachers - Syracuse University

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6 to 12
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Help your students to develop awareness, understanding and acceptance of individuals with disabilities. This searchable site offers a series of lesson plans and materials that can be...more
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Help your students to develop awareness, understanding and acceptance of individuals with disabilities. This searchable site offers a series of lesson plans and materials that can be easily integrated into secondary social studies, history, and literature curricula. Strategies for using differentiated instruction are also included.

tag(s): disabilities (21)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered in this site! This would be a great resource for History or English classes!

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Bone Biology for Kids

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4 to 8
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Science, health, and biology teachers can find a variety of resources on this site for helping students to understand the skeletal system, bone health, and nutrition. Students can play...more
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Science, health, and biology teachers can find a variety of resources on this site for helping students to understand the skeletal system, bone health, and nutrition. Students can play an interactive Bone-Yahtzee game, or participate in a question/answer page. The Teacher's Corner contains two printable worksheets that can be used to guide students through the site content. Some sections are still in progress, but there is still a considerable amount of information to explore.

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Calories Information

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6 to 12
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Add this helpful resource to your next lesson on nutrition, and challenge your students to make healthy food choices. The site includes nutritional information for more than 2500 items...more
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Add this helpful resource to your next lesson on nutrition, and challenge your students to make healthy food choices. The site includes nutritional information for more than 2500 items (including fast food), articles on exercise and fitness, and handy charts listing caloric needs for children, teenagers, and adults. An activity calorie counter is also provided.

tag(s): calories (9), energy (207), fitness (49), nutrition (155)

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Health Consequences of Smoking - Centers for Disease Control

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Use this interactive slide show to help students understand how smoking can irreparably damage every organ in the body. Animated images, actual photographs of healthy and diseased...more
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Use this interactive slide show to help students understand how smoking can irreparably damage every organ in the body. Animated images, actual photographs of healthy and diseased organs, and descriptive text combine to form an honest, but chilling account of what cigarettes are capable of doing. Consider taking your classes to the computer lab so that each student may explore this resource independently.

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Smallstep.gov - Dept. of Health and Human Services

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This informational site provides practical advice on getting fit and staying fit. Concise articles focus on the basic facts about good nutrition and exercise, how to improve eating...more
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This informational site provides practical advice on getting fit and staying fit. Concise articles focus on the basic facts about good nutrition and exercise, how to improve eating habits, and how to become more active. Visitors can explore the list of "Small Steps" to discover simple ideas that can make a big difference in overall health, or log-in to the Activity Tracker for assistance in setting and achieving physical activity goals. Health and physical education teachers may want to sign up for the free email newsletter that provides additional health-related tips, articles, and recipes. This resource also includes links to news updates and public service ad campaigns. Also available in Spanish.

tag(s): fitness (49)

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Stalking the Mysterious Microbe

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6 to 12
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Introduce your students to the microbial worlds of bacteria, fungi, and viruses with this site that provides entertaining background information, ideas for classroom experiments, and...more
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Introduce your students to the microbial worlds of bacteria, fungi, and viruses with this site that provides entertaining background information, ideas for classroom experiments, and a collection of "Microbes in the News" articles. Find out when hands should be washed and what happens when they are not! Interested students can even explore a "Careers" link that offers interviews with experts in the field, advice on finding a mentor, and tips on how to become a microbiologist. Available in English and Spanish.

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Use the videos on this site as a supplement to a lecture on microbes. One video that would be great, "E. Coli Animation," shows the growth and reproduction of e.coli in a quick YouTube clip. Not all school internet systems allow for access to YouTube, so make sure to check your school's policies before use. If it does work, some of these videos do a great job of detailing specific microbes and their life-cycles. Definitely a lot more interesting and fun for students to watch than reading the same information out of a textbook!

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Changing the Face of Medicine - NIH

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This site celebrates the contributions and achievements of some of America's most extraordinary women physicians. Lesson plans (organized by grade and aligned to national standards)...more
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This site celebrates the contributions and achievements of some of America's most extraordinary women physicians. Lesson plans (organized by grade and aligned to national standards) and interactive activities explore a wide range of topics on health, medicine, and related careers. Visit the "Circulation Station" where students can guide a red blood cell through the body and then learn about a woman physician who helped infants with congenital heart problems. The site uses FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): heart (43), medicine (71), women (94)

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Portion Distortion - NIH

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How do today's portion sizes compare with those from twenty years ago? Students can find out through an interactive quiz that tests their awareness of "super-sizing." The quiz displays...more
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How do today's portion sizes compare with those from twenty years ago? Students can find out through an interactive quiz that tests their awareness of "super-sizing." The quiz displays photos of specific food items from "then" and "now" and provides specific caloric information about the older and current versions. Students are asked to guess how long it will take to burn off those extra calories given every-day exercise. A BMI calculator and menu planner are also provided on the site. Created by the National Institutes of Health.

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Don't Buy It - PBS

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Help your students acquire the tools they need to evaluate and analyze the media messages they see on a daily basis. Use the resources on this site to teach ...more
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Help your students acquire the tools they need to evaluate and analyze the media messages they see on a daily basis. Use the resources on this site to teach skills in dissecting pop culture advertising. Students are challenged to examine what an advertisement is, design their own product packaging, examine health claims of food products, and graph nutritional comparisons.

tag(s): advertising (34)

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