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The Science of Energy Balance: Calorie Intake and Physical Activity - National Institutes of Health

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6 to 9
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This complete unit on energy balance includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials...more
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This complete unit on energy balance includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about caloric intake and energy balance. NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are videos to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader). This unit also includes a section where students conduct online, virtual inquiry into the effects of caloric intake on mice. Middle schoolers will identify with the students in the videos.

tag(s): energy (203), nutrition (153), obesity (18)

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Whether you choose to do the entire unit or elect certain activities, you most likely will want to have students complete some of th activities on laptops or in a lab so they can investigate and watch the videos. Include this comprehansive site in a health or FCS unit.
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Looking Good, Feeling Good: From the Inside Out (Exploring Bone, Muscle, and Skin) - National Institutes of Health

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6 to 9
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This complete unit on bone, muscle, and skin includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student...more
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This complete unit on bone, muscle, and skin includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about the skeleton, muscles, and skin, including UV exposure. NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are videos to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader). This unit also includes a section where students analyze their own sun exposure.Soccer players will especially enjoy the "anatomy of a kick."

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Whether you do the entire unit or focus on one portion, your middle school students will respond well to watching videos on a projector or to researching different portions of the content for health or PE class.
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The anatomy of a kick feature really hooked my athletes! David, VA, Grades: 4 - 8

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CIA for Kids - CIA

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Divided into introductions at two levels, K- 5 and 6 - 12, the home pages explain briefly what the CIA does. Sites of interest for children include information ...more
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Divided into introductions at two levels, K- 5 and 6 - 12, the home pages explain briefly what the CIA does. Sites of interest for children include information about the Canine Corps, a story about pigeons, games and a feature on saying no to drugs. Links from the two levels of homepages do not necessarily go to reading matter of the level; for example, the "Who We Are and What We Do" pages require a sophisticated vocabulary and high reading level (9+). Links from features like "Spy-Fi Archives" display some inconsistency in formatting, but the source is a good general one for older children. An extensive book list on drug awareness and abuse prevention is helpful.

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Include this site when studying the three branches of government as a concrete example of one thing the Executive Branch does. Students could explore it on a "scavenger hunt" to learn answers to questions you pose, or the whole class could visit on a projector to learn about what the CIA does. If you ask students to research different government agancies, this would be a great reference site for them to use.

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration - For Kids, Teens and Educators - FDA

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K to 12
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This website provides a wealth of information for children, teenagers and educators. Specifics include cosmetics, germs, food safety, hand washing, careers in food science, online...more
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This website provides a wealth of information for children, teenagers and educators. Specifics include cosmetics, germs, food safety, hand washing, careers in food science, online games, interactive coloring pages and more! While most of the content appears elementary, there is information on food science careers and some higher level informaiton under Kids, Teens, and Educators.

tag(s): careers (139), safety (92)

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If you want a "healthier" class, use this website to help students understand the importance of hand washing and staying healthy! There are age-appropriate activities for all grades at this website. Home Ec/FCS teachers will love the information on food safety and hand washing, too!
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NIBBLE ( Nutrition Information Bulletin Board & Learning Experience) - University of Masachusetts

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4 to 8
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Use this straightforward site to learn about basic nutirition and to assess you own diet. Students can assess their snacking style or take interactive quizzes on different food groups...more
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Use this straightforward site to learn about basic nutirition and to assess you own diet. Students can assess their snacking style or take interactive quizzes on different food groups and nutrition pitfalls.

tag(s): nutrition (153)

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Uset this site as reinforcement of nutrition information you learn in class, or assign students a scavanger hunt to explore and learn for health, science, FCS, or PE class.

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You Think! - World Bank

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6 to 8
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Delve into global issues with this outstanding site that explores topics like education, conflict, nutrition, the environment, and more, within the context of what matters to kids....more
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Delve into global issues with this outstanding site that explores topics like education, conflict, nutrition, the environment, and more, within the context of what matters to kids. Students can read factual summaries of the problems then investigate the related photographs, videos, galleries, and games. Click on the "Issues" link to view all available topics. Includes downloadable materials for teachers.

tag(s): air (146)

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Take advantage of the free ideas and classroom guides provided in the "4teachers" section. This would be a useful accompaniment to a government or Geography class.
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America's Running Routes - U.S. Track and Field

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4 to 12
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Get them moving! Create walk/run paths for your students to use both in school PE classes and at home using this interactive site from United States Track and Field. Follow ...more
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Get them moving! Create walk/run paths for your students to use both in school PE classes and at home using this interactive site from United States Track and Field. Follow simple instructions to use a clickable map as you designate the route. The site calculates the mileage, lets you print out the map with the route marked, or even add it to an online database of walk/run routes all over the U.S. Then place links to your recommended routes on your teacher or school web site. Get students and parents involved in fitness with their families. You can also look up routes in your area already registered by other fitness enthusiasts. Maybe even create an all-school walk/run event!

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History of Sandwiches -

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4 to 8
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This one is just off-beat enough to grab our attention! What's more motivating than food? This entertaining journey through the history and growth of the sandwich can form the foundation...more
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This one is just off-beat enough to grab our attention! What's more motivating than food? This entertaining journey through the history and growth of the sandwich can form the foundation for a variety of classroom activities. Truly entertaining and historically illuminating!

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Ask students to create a time line with this chronological culinary information, use as the basis for a research project, or incorporate into an anticipatory set before a foods unit.

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Avian Influenza: What You Should Know - U.S. Centers for Disease Control

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6 to 12
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The CDC's home page for information on "bird flu" (avian influenza) offers a variety of content written at an adult level, including basic fact sheets, current outbreak updates, etc....more
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The CDC's home page for information on "bird flu" (avian influenza) offers a variety of content written at an adult level, including basic fact sheets, current outbreak updates, etc. Used selectively, this information offers an authoritative look at the evolution of this new disease and the international response to its spread.

tag(s): diseases (72)

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Use this site as an introduction to the avian flu during the seemingly always present flu-season. Have students explore the site in cooperative learning group with the intentions of finding three things that they can do to prevent themselves from getting the flu, or what the government is doing to prevent a spread. Have students create a short presentation with the information, making online posters that summarizes their findings. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here). This would be great in a Health class, or in a government class studying government responses during crises or the impact of globalization.

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School District Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist - U.S. Health & Human Services Dept.

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1 to 12
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While Avian Influenza currently presents no credible threat to humans in North America, this planning guide for school and health professionals outlines steps that might be required...more
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While Avian Influenza currently presents no credible threat to humans in North America, this planning guide for school and health professionals outlines steps that might be required should such a threat turn into an actual pandemic. As such, it might be useful reference to bookmark for possible future use. The various links to facts about avian influenza and its current spread should be of more immediate interest.

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Store Wars - Organic Trade Association

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6 to 12
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Trying to convince your students that healthy eating is the way to go? Turn the job over to Cuke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Cannoli. In a supermarket, far, far, way, ...more
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Trying to convince your students that healthy eating is the way to go? Turn the job over to Cuke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Cannoli. In a supermarket, far, far, way, organic foods join forces to wage war against Darth Tater and rescue Princess Lettuce. Enjoy this Star Wars take-off, and may the farm be with you.

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Cook it Quick - University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension

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6 to 12
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Students can learn about a variety of foods and tips for eating healthy with this month-by-month collection of recipes, wellness articles, and nutritional links. Each month's information...more
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Students can learn about a variety of foods and tips for eating healthy with this month-by-month collection of recipes, wellness articles, and nutritional links. Each month's information is organized around a central theme (May is National Salad month) that could form the basis for food preparation activities in a family and consumer sciences class.

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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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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 (153)

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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