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Hunkin's Experiments - Tim Hunkin and Shane Frazer

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3 to 8
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This website, created by cartoonists, offers countless experiments (written in the form of cartoons). There are over ten experiment categories including Food Experiments, Mathematical...more
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This website, created by cartoonists, offers countless experiments (written in the form of cartoons). There are over ten experiment categories including Food Experiments, Mathematical Experiments, Biological Experiments, Electrical Experiments, Experiments in the Office, Sound Experiments, Hobbies Experiments, Science Experiments, Clothes Experiments, Experiments with Light, Experiments with Objects, Experiments with Materials, & Miscellaneous Experiments . Some specific examples include "How to make a Moebius band and how to double the length of a Moebius band," "How to make your tongue into a battery," "How to test an electric fence," and many others. This is not an interactive website, but does offer some very creative ideas for experiments.

tag(s): electricity (89), experiments (71), light (46), sound (101)

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Take a look at this site and determine some experiments that correlate with your curriculum. Then set up a computer learning station based on the topic. Provide a list of experiments for your students to try at the learning center. Most cartoon experiments require very simple supplies (if any). Have students groups create a wiki page explaining why their assigned experiment works and the underlying principles. You will have an instant student-generated "text."

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The Enormous Kinder-Garden - Hubbard's Cupboard

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K to 1
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The Enormous "Kinder" Garden is a lengthy theme unit for kindergarten classrooms that utilizes rich literature and tremendous cross-curricular activities. The unit touches upon several...more
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The Enormous "Kinder" Garden is a lengthy theme unit for kindergarten classrooms that utilizes rich literature and tremendous cross-curricular activities. The unit touches upon several learning styles and national standards. It is a detailed and user-friendly theme that will have children completely immersed. The literature includes The Enormous Watermelon, The Enormous Potato, Jack and the Beanstalk , and others. Try adding the site ChooseMyPlate (reviewed here) and healthy eating habits to weave the district Health curriculum into the unit.

tag(s): myplate (28)

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Have students go on a simple, primary web quest for additional information relating to the foods listed in the theme. Use time in the computer lab or in small groups on a classroom computer cluster.

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Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent - University of Wisconsin Digital Collections

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3 to 12
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Africa Focus offers a wealth of digital images and sound recordings from contemporary Africa. This collection from the University of Wisconsin contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs,...more
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Africa Focus offers a wealth of digital images and sound recordings from contemporary Africa. This collection from the University of Wisconsin contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sounds from 45 different countries. Click Search the Collection to see image categories which include artisans, buildings and structures, cities and towns, education, landscape, religion, and women. Sound recordings include drums, greetings, rites and ceremonies, songs, and signing. The site is easily searched by keyword or by subject heading. This site requires RealPlayer. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): africa (180), air (163), architecture (84), black history (59)

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Teachers will find this site rich in resources for units on science, social studies, geography, architecture, music, art, and culture. Make Africa a "real" place by sharing on a projector as you share stories or learn about homes ("Structures")and habitats or landforms ("Landscape") with younger students. Use the sound recordings for lessons on oral history, myths, languages, and music. Assign student groups a topic area, which they can research and present to the class as a PowerPoint or another multi-media format using an interactive whiteboard or projector.

Images, text, or other content downloaded from the collection may be freely used for non-profit educational and research purposes under Fair Use. That means that you may NOT put them on the web in a public site, blog, or wiki, since you would not be limiting access to class members. If you want students to create blog or wiki pages, create passworded access for class members only to areas displaying these images and resources. Check the website for instructions on how students can cite this source in their bibliographies.

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Exploring Online: The Sweet Lure of Chocolate - Exploratorium Magazine

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3 to 8
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If your class is studying chocolate or investigating nutrition or agriculture, look no further than this website dedicated to this delicious delicacy. Some of the unique topics include...more
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If your class is studying chocolate or investigating nutrition or agriculture, look no further than this website dedicated to this delicious delicacy. Some of the unique topics include "Chocolate in the Forest" (which takes students to the Amazon rainforest), the health risks and benefits of chocolate, the history of chocolate, and many other "yummy" bits (or bites) of information. Some of the articles feature interactive elements that require Real Video. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): aztecs (8), chocolate (7), mayans (12), nutrition (154)

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There are numerous ways that this website could be incorporated into the classroom. Why not have a class debates about whether chocolate is healthy or hurtful to the human body? This website also presents concise and diverse research that could be used for independent projects.
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PBS Arthur - PBS

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K to 3
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If Arthur and his friends sit on your bookshelf, then bookmark this interactive and safe PBS website. The site offers numerous activities, polls, information about your favorite Arthur...more
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If Arthur and his friends sit on your bookshelf, then bookmark this interactive and safe PBS website. The site offers numerous activities, polls, information about your favorite Arthur characters, and many other educational activities. Some examples include, "Elmwood City Map," "Facts and Opinions," "Supermarket Adventure," and numerous others. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): letter writing (21), nutrition (154), writing (359)

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Make sure you click the 'Parents and Teachers' link at the bottom left column of the homepage. There, you will find lesson plans, activities, book lists, and more. Nearly all of these activities are ideal for an interactive whiteboard or projector. When reading Arthur books in your classroom, extend the learning through these activities. From healthy eating tips to Arthur Trivia, the possibilities at this website are endless. The games are conducive to individual or cooperative learning.
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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 (55), 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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firstfind.info - Westchester Library System

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3 to 8
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This site offers a quick way to find basic information on many topics written in very simple English. There are 9 major topic areas which users can choose from ...more
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This site offers a quick way to find basic information on many topics written in very simple English. There are 9 major topic areas which users can choose from and each area has a variety of inside divisions. Of particular interest to K-12 students would be Government, History, Travel (includes maps), and Health. Especially useful for ESL students are the online magazines written in simplified language and the dictionary link.

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Suggest this site to your students from other countries when they are assigned a research project. Keep this one in Favorites on your teacher web page or classroom computers for ESL students to use the Dictionary or find simplified information on your government, history and health lessons. Special Ed teachers with students of low reading ability can also find adapted resources here.

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National Atlas - United States Department of the Interior

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2 to 12
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This all-encompassing atlas site provides a broad variety of information and activities. The subject areas include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, government,...more
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This all-encompassing atlas site provides a broad variety of information and activities. The subject areas include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, government, history, mapping, transportation, people, and water. All of the subjects incorporate the United States (for example, the agriculture pages discuss the agriculture of the USA). The map features are phenomenal and include both printable maps and "dynamic maps" which are interactive and awesome! Some of interactive maps include topics such as relief and elevation, West Nile virus, volcanoes and more. This site is a perfect addition to any science class that is studying volcanoes, climate, biology and more. It is also useful in a geography class studying the various uses and types of maps. Some of the activities at this site require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): agriculture (55), climate (92), environment (317), geology (81), maps (287)

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Have your students work in cooperative learning groups to investigate the "dynamic maps". Assign each group a topic to explore (there are 7). Have the students research the information using the maps and then report their findings to the class, perhaps displaying examples on a projector or interactive whiteboard. In teaching any of the related subjects, using a projector to share a map will make the content more "real," such as displaying the butterfly layer in the map maker so students can see how the butterfly population their home state compares with other locations.
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World News - WN Network

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4 to 12
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This is a wonderful compilation site of news from all over the world. Users can read the home page or search news of a specific geographic region. An ...more
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This is a wonderful compilation site of news from all over the world. Users can read the home page or search news of a specific geographic region. An excellent plus here is the ability to choose to read the news in a variety of languages. World Photos today, multimedia, global weather, and sports are just a few of the many attractive sections that add to this site's appeal.

tag(s): news (261)

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Share this site with your school's foreign language teachers. Have students do comparisons between English and foreign language versions of the news. If you teach writing, you can find controversial topics as writing prompts for persuasive writing among the articles, as well, and have students find facts to support their positions. Make this site available from your teacher web page for current events assignments. Reading teachers will want to use the articles on an interactive whiteboard to teach main idea and summarizing: highlight key words to use in a main idea or summary sentence you write together below the article.

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Homeostasis - Think Bank Biology Revision

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4 to 9
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This is a fabulous site on homeostasis. This website provides an interactive presentation. The website focuses on body temperature, water balance, blood sugar levels, and blood pH....more
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This is a fabulous site on homeostasis. This website provides an interactive presentation. The website focuses on body temperature, water balance, blood sugar levels, and blood pH. Students will love the interactive challenges that are included at this website. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): human body (121), temperature (29)

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This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard. Use this website to introduce students to the various processes involved in homeostasis. Be sure to click on the "play" button on some of the pages. By clicking on the "play" button, students will see a more interactive and descriptive explanation about the science concepts.
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The Human Skeleton - Birmingham Grid for Learning

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This site has a drag and drop activity to identify some of the main bones of the human skeleton. Additional information about the bone is displayed when the bone is ...more
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This site has a drag and drop activity to identify some of the main bones of the human skeleton. Additional information about the bone is displayed when the bone is correctly identified. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Make a shortcut on a classroom computer or include this site on your teacher web page for students to use for review before a test or quiz. You will need headphones or speakers for the audio portions of this site (not requiresd, but motivating). Use this site and other skeleton interactives as a small group review on an interactive whiteboard while other students review using a different computer or manipulatives.
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Beat the Heat at Arizona Science Center - TryScience

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2 to 8
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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as ...more
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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as heat, but not get too hot. The challenge involves balancing the amount of shade and sun that reach the home. It includes an interactive explanation of the sun and the seasons. This activity requires Shockwave, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. There are also numerous other science activities, links, online exhibits and even Standards provided (see the Teachers Page)across many science, math, and engineering disciplines. Click on the "experiments" link for a wealth of fun and inspiring experiments in science and math. The experiments are engaging and provide virtual opportunities for students to build individual understanding.

tag(s): dna (69), environment (317), sound (101), sun (71)

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If you are unable to get laptops or the computer lab for your class, use an interactive whiteboard and make the "Beat The Heat" or other experiments a class project. Use the seasons explanation as a whole-class activity with elementary students on a projector or whiteboard.
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Beacon Learning Center: Student Web Lessons - Beacon Learning Center

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K to 12
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This website, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, provides an enormous collection of "web lessons" (interactives) for all grade levels. There are lessons in language...more
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This website, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, provides an enormous collection of "web lessons" (interactives) for all grade levels. There are lessons in language arts, math, science, social studies, and health. There are too many lesson plans to count - and all are projector, laptop, or whiteboard-ready. Just to give you an idea of some of these unique lessons, some of the titles include "Where is Japan?", "Walrus World", "Piece of Pie", "Medians", "Fence Me In", and "Critter Craze". On the main page, a brief description is provided for each lesson plan. Click Teacher Solutions > Lesson Plans to search by subject or grade level.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), evolution (100), expository writing (44), industrial revolution (25), native americans (78), primary sources (86), probability (130), symmetry (55), writing (359)

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If you want ready-to-go lessons guaranteed to work well on your interactive whiteboard, this collection is a winner. You simply open the activity on the whiteboard and have students tap and drag their way through as you talk with the class. (Invite your most "active" student to be "Vanna White" for a great behavior management solution). Many lessons would work well on laptops or on a computer cluster center, as well.

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Resources for Primary Teachers - Woodlands Junior School

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K to 5
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Here is another wonderful website created by the Woodlands Junior School. This website is basically a compilation site for teachers. There are links and activities for math, science,...more
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Here is another wonderful website created by the Woodlands Junior School. This website is basically a compilation site for teachers. There are links and activities for math, science, special needs, history, geography, health, holidays, and many other subject areas. The website also offers many lesson plans - find the lesson plans by clicking on the subject. Note: The site is British, so beware of spelling differences! Most of the activities are interactive and require FLASH, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): gifted (96), holidays (147)

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This website is ideal for interactive whiteboards. The amount of topics and information is truly amazing. Don't miss this incredible resource!
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Body Parts - Birmingham Grid for Learning

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K to 2
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This site is a simple drag-and-drop activity that matches words with pictures for various body parts. It would be especially useful for ESL, speech and language students, and primary...more
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This site is a simple drag-and-drop activity that matches words with pictures for various body parts. It would be especially useful for ESL, speech and language students, and primary students in general. Clicking on the words and pictures provide audio as well as visual clues to encourage language development. Available in the following languages: Bengali, English, Punjabi, Gujarati, Mirpuri and Urdu. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): human body (121), preK (281)

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This site would work well with an interactive whiteboard with a small group or individually at a computer to informally assess student knowledge or to help ESL/ speech ad language students students learn the names of body parts. Note that the pronunciations are British, so American students will need to listen carefully at first.
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Mad Sci Network - Mad Sci Network/Third Sector New England

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K to 12
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This great reference resource is an attractively packaged compilation of ways to get answers to questions about science. Offerings include a place to ask questions from K-college, access...more
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This great reference resource is an attractively packaged compilation of ways to get answers to questions about science. Offerings include a place to ask questions from K-college, access to a search engine, a list of FAQ's on common topics, a library with links to other relevant sites, a knowledge generator, an archive of lab experiments, and other assistance with science fair projects. The Mad-Sci labs also has a "Guided Tour of the Visible Human" section on human anatomy, with many images of cross-sections and internal organs.

tag(s): air (163), experiments (71), scientists (69)

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Navigate the human body and label parts on an interactive whiteboard, or find the appropriate experiments for all your science concepts. By searching the question archives, you can find answers to questions at all levels. Be sure to include this link on your teacher web page year-round to promote curiosity about science. Teachers of gifted will love this one as a treasury of open-ended ideas on science by scientists.

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Science Coloring Books - NIEHS

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K to 2
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These activities from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health & Human Services offer both online and praintable version of coloring pages on science and health topics:...more
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These activities from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health & Human Services offer both online and praintable version of coloring pages on science and health topics: from personal hygiene to environmental awareness. After a brief introduction to the visual spectrum of colors, users can select to color pages, guess colors in hidden pictures with "magic" crayons, or to print a coloring book. Topics include dental health, plants, fitness, weather, healthy eating, and more. As the page notes, you need a Java-enabled browser like Netscape or Microsoft Explorer to color "on-line." See the TeachersFirst Toolbox page to find out how to enable Java on your computer.

tag(s): colors (79), drawing (78), environment (317), preK (281)

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Use this site as an engaging way to reinforce science concepts introduced in class. Share the printables with children to take home. Show children how the spectrum appears naturally in biology. You can also use the pictures as jumping off points for discussion. Another option that encourages creativity is a drawing game using javascript.
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Obesity - BBC

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3 to 12
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This site provides the alarming news on obesity. The interesting topics include a comparison of obesity from 1970 to 2000, a "help" page, a body image page, information about ...more
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This site provides the alarming news on obesity. The interesting topics include a comparison of obesity from 1970 to 2000, a "help" page, a body image page, information about eating disorders, quizzes, interactive videos, information about what obesity means and more. Some of the activities require FLASH.

tag(s): eating disorders (7), obesity (19)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share this useful website with your students. This would also be a wonderful link to provide in your classroom newsletter - many parents would appreciate the information and tips. Note: the site is from the UK, but the information is valid on both sides of the Atlantic!
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Dole 5 A Day - Dole Food Company

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K to 5
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This highly engaging site was created to help students understand the importance of healthy eating (fruits and vegetables). The site includes information, surveys, recipes and interactive...more
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This highly engaging site was created to help students understand the importance of healthy eating (fruits and vegetables). The site includes information, surveys, recipes and interactive games. Many of the activities require Flash.

tag(s): nutrition (154)

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Treat your students to this entertaining site as part of a nutrition unit. Try an interactive whiteboard for some of the activities or make them a center on your classroom computer.
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American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)

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K to 12
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American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance promotes and supports creative and healthy lifestyles through high quality programs in health, physical education,...more
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American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance promotes and supports creative and healthy lifestyles through high quality programs in health, physical education, recreation, dance and sport, provides members with professional development opportunities that increases knowledge, improves skills, and encourages sound professional practices.

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