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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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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.

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.

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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 (20)

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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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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 (198), fitness (49), nutrition (154)

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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 (67), women (101)

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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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Inside the Teenage Brain - PBS Frontline

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7 to 12
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Why do adolescents behave the way they do? It is a puzzling mystery that continues to frustrate parents, teachers AND teens! This site delves into the recesses of the ...more
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Why do adolescents behave the way they do? It is a puzzling mystery that continues to frustrate parents, teachers AND teens! This site delves into the recesses of the teenage brain to provide scientific explanations for many exasperating behaviors. Interactive maps of the brain are supplemented with clear and informative explanations. Advice and online activities can help adults interact more successfully with this very unique population! Refer parents to this site, use in class to help teens better understand themselves, or explore it yourself for some enlightening ideas on improving teen communication in the classroom! Shockwave required for some features of the site. Developed by Frontline (PBS)

tag(s): adolescence (11), brain (72)

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National Nutrition Month

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6 to 12
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Help students make good food choices and develop healthy lifestyles with this site developed by the American Dietetic Association. View food labeling fact sheets, a selection of healthy...more
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Help students make good food choices and develop healthy lifestyles with this site developed by the American Dietetic Association. View food labeling fact sheets, a selection of healthy recipes, and useful tips for making smart food choices. The true/false nutrition quiz provided on the site is not interactive but can be used as a review activity, or to assess prior knowledge. Project the quiz and ask students to record their responses before scrolling to view the correct answers.

tag(s): nutrition (154)

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Advertising Campaigns That Have Made a Difference - The Ad Council

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Throughout the 20th century, advertisements have influenced public behavior and opinion while leaving enduring icons and slogans in their wake. Explore some of these snapshots of American...more
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Throughout the 20th century, advertisements have influenced public behavior and opinion while leaving enduring icons and slogans in their wake. Explore some of these snapshots of American culture in this Ad Council site that provides printed and multi-media glimpses of its public service milestones - from war bonds, to Smokey the Bear, to Vince and Larry, the crash test dummies. View the examples in class and challenge students to design their own ad campaigns to address contemporary issues in America society.

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard during a class discussion of a debate in current politics or while preparing for a debate in your own classroom. Allow students to explore the site with the intentions of creating their own propaganda for their debate side or for both sides if used in a more general discussion. This is a great way to get students to start thinking about persuasion in the media, and how politicians can use it. Excellent resource for a US government class!

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Eat Your Vegetables - NIH

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The National Institutes of Health offers this site containing lots of resources to encourage folks to eat vegetables in appropriate quantities. While the subject may not be popular...more
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The National Institutes of Health offers this site containing lots of resources to encourage folks to eat vegetables in appropriate quantities. While the subject may not be popular with young people, health and nutrition teachers will find a number of resources that can be used to help students make more intelligent choices about the foods they eat.

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Alzheimer's Resources for Students - Alzheimer's Association

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The aging American population increases the probability that a student will have a family member or acquaintance suffering from Alzheimer's. Because it affects the personality, this...more
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The aging American population increases the probability that a student will have a family member or acquaintance suffering from Alzheimer's. Because it affects the personality, this disease can be frightening or confusing to young people. These pages help teens and children better understand what this disease is and why its victims behave in the way they do. Preview before using.

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Chemicals, the Environment, and You - National Institutes of Health

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Middle school students can learn a lot about hazardous materials and proper use of common household chemicals from this site from the National Institutes of Health. Teachers could use...more
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Middle school students can learn a lot about hazardous materials and proper use of common household chemicals from this site from the National Institutes of Health. Teachers could use this content in a variety of contexts, either in whole or in part. Students will likely need some guidance in working through the material.

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Science Update - Clumsy Kids - Science Net Links

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Health teachers with a sense of humor will find lots of ways to integrate this article on the biology of teenage clumsiness into their lessons. The presentation is succinct, engaging,...more
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Health teachers with a sense of humor will find lots of ways to integrate this article on the biology of teenage clumsiness into their lessons. The presentation is succinct, engaging, and studded with additional web references for those seriously interested in the topics covered. Teens may also find this one suitable for individual reading - a way of understanding why they're always tripping over their own feet.

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Self NutritionData

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Tired of the old food groups pyramid? Here's a nutrition site that ties nutrient information to students' real world. Want the low-down on that sugary cereal you had for breakfast ...more
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Tired of the old food groups pyramid? Here's a nutrition site that ties nutrient information to students' real world. Want the low-down on that sugary cereal you had for breakfast this morning? How about a nice orange instead? This site's tools let you build your own healthy diets from hundreds of listings. This one's well worth a look for health and nutrition classes.
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tag(s): myplate (28), nutrition (154)

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Challenge cooperative learning groups to explore a particular topic at this site. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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