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Pulitzer Center Lesson Plans - Pulitzer Center

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3 to 12
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Find lesson plans at the Pulitzer Center for grades 3-12 that identify global issues and ways to address them. Topics include subjects such as International Adoptions: Ethics and Effects...more
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Find lesson plans at the Pulitzer Center for grades 3-12 that identify global issues and ways to address them. Topics include subjects such as International Adoptions: Ethics and Effects and America's Responsibility for the Welfare and Safety of Chinese Workers and many other intriguing topics. Each lesson plan includes big ideas, essential questions, Common Core standards, vocabulary, assessments, and additional resources. Bring lessons to life through journalist visits (in larger cities) or Skype visits (using the request a class visit option on the site).

tag(s): africa (180), careers (132), china (66), debate (41), earthquakes (48), ethics (16), food chains (22), hiv/aids (18), india (36), journalism (46), media literacy (58), water (130), women (101)

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Use the lesson plans on the site as a resource for discussing and debating global issues. If there is no time to complete a full unit, explore resources from each topic for ideas to use in your classroom. For example, try the ideas on interviewing individuals who migrated to the United States offered in the "How Did I Become the Person That I Am" unit. Share this site with students interested in journalism careers as a resource for learning more about the profession and some of its members.

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Documentary Tube - DocumentaryTube.com

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4 to 12
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Watch full length documentaries online for free. Find your favorites through daily suggestions, browsing the top 100, or searching categories: 9/11, activism, art, aviation, business,...more
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Watch full length documentaries online for free. Find your favorites through daily suggestions, browsing the top 100, or searching categories: 9/11, activism, art, aviation, business, comedy, crime, disaster, drugs, economics, environmental, food/drink, health, media, medicine, music, nature, performing arts, philosophy, political, religion, science, social, sport, strange, technology, travel, and many more. Look at film festivals and films featured in each. If you do not find what you are looking for, submit your request. A link to Amazon brings you to DVD's. Some are free, and others are for sale.
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tag(s): video (254)

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Discover the power of documentaries while studying point of view, primary and secondary resources, and debate skills. Examine the aspects shown in documentaries and help students find structure to provide an unbiased research project. Challenge existing knowledge in many areas. Help students become active thinkers and become involved in current events. Sharpen your own understandings.
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Documentary Storm - 2013 DocumentaryStorm

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4 to 12
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Dive into Documentary Storm to discover 100% free documentary films. The goal of the website is to share knowledge spread ideas, and have fun. Search the different channels to find...more
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Dive into Documentary Storm to discover 100% free documentary films. The goal of the website is to share knowledge spread ideas, and have fun. Search the different channels to find exactly what you are seeking. Topics included are art, biography, conspiracy, culture, drugs, environment, health, indie films, lifestyle, mockumentaries, money, nature, politics, psychology, religion, science, society, sports, technology, war, and many more. Search in the top 100 documentaries, or click use"surprise me." Connect with Facebook, RSS, Twitter, or email.

tag(s): video (254)

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With documentaries challenge your students' understanding of food, history, politics, or people. Use to provide another point of view which might not be available in traditional text books. Use to explain primary and secondary sources, as well as an example of a way to extend thinking. Provide a documentary as an example for your students to do an in depth research project. Use documentaries to challenge knowledge, create new knowledge, and learn.
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Physical Education Update - Physical Education Update.com

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K to 12
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Welcome to every PE teacher's best resource: Physical Education Update. Find videos and articles offering thousands of ideas, games, tips, and drills. Follow on an RSS feed or follow...more
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Welcome to every PE teacher's best resource: Physical Education Update. Find videos and articles offering thousands of ideas, games, tips, and drills. Follow on an RSS feed or follow on Facebook or twitter. There is a fee-based section for members only. This review only refers to the free area.
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tag(s): fitness (49)

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Find new activities and challenges to make your class different every time. Find practical advice on the best training activities. Offer as a resource for families and students to add movement into their healthy lifestyle. Have your classes watch the games shared (on your interactive whiteboard or projector). Challenge students to create their own variations of the games shown or new games entirely. Add an early morning exercise period for all students to burn off energy and be ready for their day. Use this site to compliment your unit on healthy lifestyles. After school programs can try new ideas to make this time exciting and fun.
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Make Me Genius - MMG International

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K to 7
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It would be a "smart" idea to use Make Me Genius to support or enrich your science instruction. Finding relevant science information for students is difficult. The material on...more
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It would be a "smart" idea to use Make Me Genius to support or enrich your science instruction. Finding relevant science information for students is difficult. The material on this site is safe and accurate for students. Search by grade level or most popular. Tons of engaging videos are available on topics such as Newton's Laws of Motion, the solar system, ecology, and more. Links to cool facts and educational PowerPoint is a genius idea to provide information to extend students' learning. "Tech out" science project ideas or brush up on your science knowledge with the practice quizzes. Make Me Genius will make you look like a genius. This site does include advertisements. But it is worth avoiding the "nuisance" to view these quality videos. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable. You could always view the videos at home and bring them to class "on a stick" to share. Use a tool such as KeepVid reviewed here to download the videos from YouTube.
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tag(s): body systems (57), ecology (135), erosion (17), forces (45), human body (121), matter (58), photosynthesis (33), senses (28), simple machines (37), solar system (119), video (254)

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Use the videos to flip your instruction, support students, or provide enrichment opportunities. Flip your classroom and have students view the videos at home. Or share the videos on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Set up a learning station for students to view the video clips. The educational PowerPoints make lesson planning more efficient. Use the science project section to help students find science fair project ideas or to create hands-on, minds-on activities. The questions in the quiz section are leveled for students. Test your students' knowledge of the concepts after watching the videos.
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3210 Blast Off to a Healthier Family! - Bluekids.org

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K to 7
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Blast Off to a healthier family with games and tracking sheets for a healthier lifestyle. Interactives begin with a short mini lesson explaining topics such as ways to become more ...more
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Blast Off to a healthier family with games and tracking sheets for a healthier lifestyle. Interactives begin with a short mini lesson explaining topics such as ways to become more active, making positive lifestyle choices, and busting bullying behaviors. Learn about poison prevention through a visit to Safeville -- full of interactives and short lessons. Note that the "Educators" link at top left leads to materials/curricula for sale. The 3210 Blast off area is all free.

tag(s): bullying (52), nutrition (154), obesity (19), preK (281)

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Create a link to games on classroom computers for students to play and explore on their own. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from this site using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here), Tagxedo (reviewed here), or WordItOut (reviewed here). Print tracking sheets from the site for students to track physical activity, number of sweetened drinks consumed, or sedentary activity. Share this link on your class website for families to explore (and get healthy) together.
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OCD Education Station - Beyond OCD

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OCD Education Station provides resources and information for helping those with OCD. Learn about OCD facts with a primer for educators that includes recognizing symptoms and challenges...more
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OCD Education Station provides resources and information for helping those with OCD. Learn about OCD facts with a primer for educators that includes recognizing symptoms and challenges to student performance. Find helpful information on managing OCD in the classroom as well as tips for communicating with parents. Choose the tools and resources link to access several printable guides available in English and Spanish for parents, teens, and school personnel.

tag(s): professional development (123), psychology (64)

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Share this site as a professional resource with other educators as needed when dealing with individuals with OCD. Share with parents of OCD students as an additional resource for helping their child.
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Abbreviations - STANDS4 LLC

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6 to 12
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Abbreviations.com is a directory and search engine for abbreviations, acronyms, and initial-isms across the Internet. It includes hundreds of thousands of entries organized into a large...more
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Abbreviations.com is a directory and search engine for abbreviations, acronyms, and initial-isms across the Internet. It includes hundreds of thousands of entries organized into a large variety of categories. Search for an abbreviation or acronym using the search bar and choose from abbreviation to term, term to abbreviation, or a word in the term. Browse items by choosing any letter to find items listed or choose from specific communities such as medical or business. Although this site has a lot of advertisements, the content found is worth looking past them.
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tag(s): search engines (65)

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Bookmark this site for reference to find or to decipher abbreviations or acronyms. Share with students on your website or blog as a resource at home.

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All Things Science - All Things Science

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6 to 12
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All Things Science is an aggregator of short, top quality science videos for educational use. Search for specific content topics using the search bar. Browse through recent, top rated,...more
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All Things Science is an aggregator of short, top quality science videos for educational use. Search for specific content topics using the search bar. Browse through recent, top rated, most discussed, or random videos. Interested in seeing how a germ travels with a sneeze and makes you sick with a virus? There is a detailed video on that topic and SO much more. Read short descriptions of videos before viewing. Share using social media links provided, with a direct url, or with the embed code directly onto your website. Free registration on All Things Science allows you to save videos to favorites, add comments, and upload video. Note that videos can be submitted by members, so it is advisable to preview before sharing with young people.
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tag(s): animals (276), cells (102), climate (92), climate change (64), genetics (90), human body (121), medicine (67), scientific method (64), scientists (69), solar energy (38), solar system (119), space (205), video (254), weather (188)

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Save this site to use as a resource throughout the year with any science topic. Embed videos onto your classroom website for viewing at home or independently during class. (Embedding avoids displaying other areas of the site.) Have students create online posters after they learn about the topic individually or together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard (reviewed here) or PicLits (reviewed here. Challenge cooperative learning groups to create similar videos about science topics being discussed in class. Share the videos on a site such as TeacherTube reviewed here or on All Things Science, if permitted by school policies.

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ESL Discussions - Sean Banville

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7 to 12
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ESL Discussions is a resource of over 600 discussion questions. They could be used in ESL/ELL lessons, speaking practice, debate clubs, and as needed for any speaking activities. Categorized...more
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ESL Discussions is a resource of over 600 discussion questions. They could be used in ESL/ELL lessons, speaking practice, debate clubs, and as needed for any speaking activities. Categorized alphabetically, topics include everyday themes such as donuts as well as more controversial topics such as marijuana. Teachers working with K-12 students will want to select the questions rather than sending students to the site since there are also some very sensitive topics. Choose a topic to view two sets of questions to spark conversations: one for student A and another for student B. Choose the link to print questions in either Word or PDF. Although this site has a lot of advertisements, there are some very interesting topics to discuss/share.
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tag(s): debate (41), speaking (24)

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Bookmark this site to use anytime you want to develop and promote discussion skills in your classroom. After students have completed their discussion questions, have them present their findings to the class then create a quick poll (with no membership required) using kwiqpoll (reviewed here). Share with ESL/ELL and Special Education teachers as a resource for promoting discussion and speaking skills with their students. Use this site for teacher-selected topics in debate club, speech class, and more. Some of the topics could even make good blog prompts.
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Discover Anatomy - rigb.org

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4 to 12
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Why are skeletons so important? How does anatomy work? Find plenty of activities, discussions, and information to answer these and other important questions. Use the Joint Explorer...more
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Why are skeletons so important? How does anatomy work? Find plenty of activities, discussions, and information to answer these and other important questions. Use the Joint Explorer to manipulate a skeleton to view its range of movements. Enjoy the Build a Skeleton interactive: build a skeleton and identify the similarities among a variety of skeletons. Identify other structures around us that move much like our bodies in "Move It." Answer the Big Questions and take quizzes. What do animals without skeletons do? Examine Endoskeletons and Exoskeletons as well on this site. Be sure to check out the Teacher's Notes for general information and useful links.

tag(s): body systems (57), human body (121)

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Learn about the structure and movement of the human body. Students can work individually or in groups to learn about various joints and movements of the human body and other animals. Encourage students to research other organisms and create a multimedia presentation including the showing of the range of motion. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Students can connect the movement with other information that they learned on the site of other items such as a door hinge.
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If It Were My Home - Andy Lintner

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3 to 12
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If it Were My Home compares living conditions of one country to those of another. Allow the site to use your location when accessing the home page. This allows a ...more
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If it Were My Home compares living conditions of one country to those of another. Allow the site to use your location when accessing the home page. This allows a comparison from your location to others places around the globe. Select a region on the globe to compare. Choose from countries included in that region. View a map comparison. See statistics and comparisons such as oil consumption, economic statistics, and birth rates. Expand comparisons by clicking on the arrow. Scroll down the page to view more information and suggested reading materials about your chosen country. Share comparisons using social media buttons located below the map or email using the link provided.
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tag(s): africa (180), asia (73), australia (35), canada (30), cross cultural understanding (115), diseases (66), europe (75), globe (14), hiv/aids (18), south america (39), statistics (122)

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Ask each student to choose a country to compare to their country of origin. Have students pair up with a partner and compare their chosen countries to the country of origin. Tie in a creative writing project, and have students imagine that they are moving from their country of origin to their chosen country. Students can use the information and comparison as inspiration for their fictional story about what life would be like in their new home. Use the statistical data in If it Were My Home for some real world mathematical comparison between countries. Create infographics to compare the two countries using a tool such as Venngage, reviewed here.

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Szoter - szoter.com

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K to 12
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Szoter is an online tool for annotating images stored on your computer or screenshots from your computer. Use this site directly on the web or download the Adobe Air version ...more
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Szoter is an online tool for annotating images stored on your computer or screenshots from your computer. Use this site directly on the web or download the Adobe Air version that runs on your desktop. Launch then choose from options to annotate such as load local image, capture camera image, make screenshot, or load image url. After your image loads, choose from editing options such as scaling image, drawing tools such as lines, arrows, and circles, and add text. When finished, save to your computer or publish and share to Twitter, Facebook, or copy the url provided.

tag(s): digital storytelling (144), images (266)

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Capture a screenshot of websites or software and annotate with directions for student use. Have students label and identify objects in an image. Label parts of a plant, continents, landforms, etc. Practice new words in a different language by asking students to label and identify objects in that language. Create a storyboard using several annotated images as a story starter. Art students can annotate images to point out design elements or annotate images of their own work to talk about the creative decisions they made. Share annotated Szoter images on your class website or blog to tell about a field trip or class event.

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Whyville - Mundeon

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4 to 10
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Enter the engaging virtual world of Whyville filled with math, science, art, and literature activities. Create an avatar and join in constructive educational activities that...more
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Enter the engaging virtual world of Whyville filled with math, science, art, and literature activities. Create an avatar and join in constructive educational activities that promote socially responsible behavior. There are many activities to explore, and you can chat with other users. The Zero Gravity Chamber features angles and the principle of Newton's 3rd Law. In the Rocket Design Lab simulate rockets to test parameters such as nozzle size and pay load. The Engine Lab has 3 games that teach about electric charges and ion engines. Citizens must be aware of infectious illnesses and plagues that infect the citizens of Whyville. Join in the hot air balloon race to analyze vector fields to navigate hot air balloons. Go on an art treasure hunt around the world. At the dance studio design and choreograph your own dances. Visit the beach, the climate center, take a swim, or meet your friends at the playground or waterfall. Simulations change every time you enter Whyville. Earn clams, a salary, manage a bank account, get a pet, and read the daily news. Log-in (with email) is required to fully participate in this site. However, most of the site is accessible without registration. Don't miss this award winning website!

tag(s): aircraft (24), animals (276), dance (28), diseases (66), logic (235), money (193), motion (59), puzzles (208), recycling (57), social skills (20), vectors (25)

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In the classroom, join as a teacher and manage each students account. Reinforce safe online behavior as your students explore opportunities for learning.The chat feature is a perfect opportunity practice safe interactions. Demonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use as a reward in your classroom or as a way to extend and enrich concepts learned in math and science. Offer Whyville as a safe enrichment tool for students to use at home. Encourage all students to join in the educational activities. Design a simplified version of this site for younger children with your class. Use one of the many animation tools available at the TeachersFirst Edge.
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Would you eat that? - Museum of Science and Industry

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5 to 12
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So what exactly is in our food? Find out here! Use this free tool to identify what is in many of the popular foods that we consume. People born after ...more
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So what exactly is in our food? Find out here! Use this free tool to identify what is in many of the popular foods that we consume. People born after 1980 are the first generation to be raised completely on processed foods (anything that makes our cooking easier.) Contrary to popular belief, these foods are not real and are not made from natural ingredients. Drag the ingredients into the correct place to determine whether you have identified all of the correct ingredients. Learn what is in popular dog food, hot chocolate mix, and more. There is a lot of background music/sounds throughout the activity. You may want to mute your computer or turn down the speakers.

tag(s): cooking (34), nutrition (154)

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Use this tool at the start of a unit on nutrition or macromolecules (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins). Assign students the task of keeping a list of ingredients and the reasons for their use. Identify how this is different between completely homemade food (i.e. Sunny D vs. fresh squeezed orange juice.) Students can use this activity as a springboard for further research into many of the processed foods currently consumed today. Students can create a multimedia report or post their findings to a wiki or blog page. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. If you want to learn more about wikis, check out the TeachersFirst Wiki Walk-Through. Create from scratch alternatives to the processed foods discussed. Be sure to connect back to why our bodies are unable to process many of these unnatural ingredients correctly. Students can also create newsletters or articles about many ways to avoid and curtail the use of the many processed foods including suggestions for shopping such as "always shop along the outer edges of the stores and not through the center of the store as that is where processed foods are likely to be found." Research the health effects of processed foods including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, obesity, and others.
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K8Science - Baylor College of Medicine Center for Educational Outreach

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K to 8
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Designed for grades K-8, this site offers video, audio, and slide presentations that cover many important basic science concepts such as viruses and human body systems. Strategies and...more
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Designed for grades K-8, this site offers video, audio, and slide presentations that cover many important basic science concepts such as viruses and human body systems. Strategies and tools for developing scientific inquiry and promoting student investigation are featured on the site. PowerPoint slides are annotated and also peer reviewed for content. The speaker's notes add information about topics that are not only interesting to students but also to teachers. Find lesson plans and other activities, searchable by content and grade level. Find current hot topics such as the bird flu. The science after school section is especially engaging. This site focuses on information to teach as well as short course information on educational approaches in teaching.

tag(s): birds (50), body systems (57), diseases (66), dna (69), earth (228), engineering (125), forces (45), inquiry (37), motion (59), plants (145), rockets (14), scientific method (64)

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Find great activities, information, and resources invaluable in the classroom setting. Share the video clips or online activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard. With the correct information and exciting activities already created, teachers can concentrate on successfully using the information to develop student inquiry and increase the skills for investigating. Be sure to check out the recent additions to find what is new on the site. There are also links to featured lessons and resources along the side.
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Code Fred - Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

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6 to 12
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Learn the complex workings of the human body with this interactive. This tool uses "Fred" and dangerous situations to identify and understand the complex workings of the major organs...more
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Learn the complex workings of the human body with this interactive. This tool uses "Fred" and dangerous situations to identify and understand the complex workings of the major organs and compounds in the body. As various situations develop, click on organs and molecules that make his body work effectively. To show you just how quickly these interactions occur in our bodies, if you are not quick enough, a dire fate awaits Fred: he "becomes at one with nature"!

tag(s): body systems (57), human body (121), organisms (21), structures (24)

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Demonstrate this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students time to explore the activity and report back on the various systems, organs, tissues, and molecules necessary in our daily lives. Use this tool as an introduction to various units on tissues, organs, or body systems. This tool can also be used to put various chapters and units of study together for a better perspective on the functioning of the human body.
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Vale Middle School - Articles of the Week - Vale Middle School (Oregon)

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6 to 10
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Are you struggling to find engaging informational text for your students? Work out your Common Core by reading VMS Articles of the Week. The articles were developed using strategies...more
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Are you struggling to find engaging informational text for your students? Work out your Common Core by reading VMS Articles of the Week. The articles were developed using strategies originally created by Kelly Gallagher. They have been modified to meet the needs of Vale Middle School students using both the Oregon Department of Education reading sample guidelines and Common Core State Standards. The content of these articles is constantly evolving to best meet the needs of VMS students. Educators from other school districts are welcome to borrow from these articles so long as credit is given to Kelly Gallagher and VMS for the work/effort put into each week's article. Download articles as a pdf or Word document to edit. There is space provided in the margins for text annotations. Lexile(R) levels are provided to analyze text complexity.

tag(s): book lists (128), news (261), reading comprehension (116)

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WAYT: What Are You Thinking? Use this technique as the students read the articles to mark comments, connections, and questions. Read the passages in guided reading groups to scaffold the instruction. Post an article and the questions in an online forum for students to discuss their answers. Challenge above-level readers to make observations about the writer's strategies. Use the articles' trending topics to meet the students' interests and engage reluctant readers. The questions are great to teach students about Question Answer Relationships (QAR). Model current event literature response techniques with the articles on the website.
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Hungry History - The History Channel

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3 to 12
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Explore the history of food with this tool from the History Channel. Learn about food as the center of many of our holiday celebrations as well as everyday foods such ...more
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Explore the history of food with this tool from the History Channel. Learn about food as the center of many of our holiday celebrations as well as everyday foods such as spices and basic staples. Articles are listed by most recently added. You can also search by Top Categories. Many articles also include a video.
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tag(s): cooking (34), cross cultural understanding (115), holidays (147), myplate (28), nutrition (154)

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Be sure to include this resource in a unit discussing foods. Students can research and report on a various types of food. Compare the nutritional strengths and weaknesses of different cultures. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here. Discuss how various grains are a major underpinning of most holiday celebrations. As you view each of these resources, be sure to note the various grains that are often used. Report on different cultures and celebrations around the world. Students can even create many of these dishes to share with classmates and gain understandings of various cultures. How does the food reflect the natural resources of a region? How does it relate to the culture's religion? World language students can trace historical foods of the culture they are studying and even share them at a world language fair.
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Freebook Sifter - FreebookSifter

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K to 12
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Explore this useful catalog of all free e-books available for Kindles through Amazon. It is quite extensive with many categories: Advice & How-to, Biographies & Memoirs, Business &...more
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Explore this useful catalog of all free e-books available for Kindles through Amazon. It is quite extensive with many categories: Advice & How-to, Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Investing, Children's eBooks, Fantasy, History, Literary Fiction, Mystery & Thrillers, Politics & Current Events, Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Science Fiction, Sports, Teens, Travel, and many others. At the time of this review, there were over 69,000 free eBooks listed on the site.

tag(s): book lists (128), independent reading (128)

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This site is a helpful classroom reference tool. Save this link on your classroom computers. Find books to use at learning stations, especially if you are a BYOD (Bring your own Device) school. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for students to use at home. The books available include all those in the public domain and titles whose authors have granted permission for free dispersal.

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