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Basketball - Myvocabulary.com

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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for basketball. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Basketball vocabulary...more
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As part of their extensive site for vocabulary, roots, and more, MyVocabulary.com has added a themed area for basketball. Find interactive vocabulary activities using Basketball vocabulary words. You will also find printable crosswords, fill in the blanks and more, all using the same theme words. This and other "themes" available on the site will make vocabulary development fun.

tag(s): vocabulary (324)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students work with a partner to try out the puzzles on their own. Have students (or groups) create their own word puzzles to share as a class challenge as a student-run interactive whiteboard activity or share them on a class wiki.

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NFL Play 60 Challenge - American Heart Association

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Attention Middle School Teachers! Get your students physically active! Be sure to check out NFL Play 60, a program from the American Heart Association and the NFL, designed to ...more
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Attention Middle School Teachers! Get your students physically active! Be sure to check out NFL Play 60, a program from the American Heart Association and the NFL, designed to get kids active in ALL areas of their life. This site (provides lesson plans in language arts, math, physical education, science and social studies. The lesson plans are very detailed, involve "getting moving", are easy to follow, and are correlated with standards.

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Join the site (free) and work together with your teaching colleagues or school administration to find activities and get kids moving and healthy. Even test scores rise when kids are healthy and active!
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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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Kid's Health - The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media

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3 to 12
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Divided into parts for parents, younger children, and teenagers, Kid's Health presents health issues in an attractive, frank, and appealing format. The younger kid's section features...more
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Divided into parts for parents, younger children, and teenagers, Kid's Health presents health issues in an attractive, frank, and appealing format. The younger kid's section features a daily health question, homework help, a "Big Question" section, hot topics, and health concerns presented from the point of view of the child. In addition, some of the pages are available in Spanish. Other sections include health issues for grown ups and a glossary, the latter of which is available in Spanish. Video clips include health-related topics featuring well-known athletes. The teen section provides answers to multiple teen questions about health including sexual issues, drug and alcohol concerns, food and fitness, your body, your mind, and hot topics. The parents' section has regular health topics about raising a child. Requires Flash.

tag(s): body systems (57), emotions (35)

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Health teachers will want to share this site on their teacher web page or in class as part of sex ed units and study of disease. Younger students wondering about illnesses such as cancer will also be able to find good information, written at a level they can understand.

This site contains open discussion of topics. We suggest that you preview it to be sure it is in compliance with your school's policies. Some portions discuss topics that will cause great giggles among less mature students, so preview and set the tone before trungin students loose.
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KidsHealth For Kids - Nemours Foundation

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K to 8
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This website is extremely informative and provides students with details about everyday illnesses and injuries, emotional support, puberty, nutrition, and more! There is such a wealth...more
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This website is extremely informative and provides students with details about everyday illnesses and injuries, emotional support, puberty, nutrition, and more! There is such a wealth of information available at this website, teachers can find numerous subjects, activities and information. Several kid-approved recipes are also provided. Be sure to check out the movies - they provide general science information and simple explanations of the many systems of the body (and are quite entertaining). FLASH is required for some of the activities.

tag(s): human body (121)

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Use an interactive whiteboard and make the unique activities at this website a class experience. Then include the link on your teacher web page for students to share at home.
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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 (198), nutrition (154), obesity (19)

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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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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 (154)

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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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Non-Traditional Gymnastics - John Williams

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1 to 12
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Learn the terminology, background, and teaching how-to's for informal or "non-traditional" gymnastcs from this site. You will find numerous activity and lesson ideas, complete descriptions...more
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Learn the terminology, background, and teaching how-to's for informal or "non-traditional" gymnastcs from this site. You will find numerous activity and lesson ideas, complete descriptions of the skills (including cues, problem areas, tips, spotting, and variations), and even video of some skills to share with your students (Requires Quicktime). Lesson ideas come from educators who submit them, so the list keeps growing.

tag(s): sports (97)

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Give a link to the skills portion of the site on your teacher web page so students and parents can practice at home after you have given the instruction in class. Discourage couch-potatoes! This site would also be useful fot students who cannot participate in gym to learn background information while they sit out.
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Children and Sports - CNN

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4 to 12
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While intended primarily for parents, this is an article that physical education and health teachers will find useful in bridging the gaps between the expectations of students, parents,...more
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While intended primarily for parents, this is an article that physical education and health teachers will find useful in bridging the gaps between the expectations of students, parents, and schools when the topic of sports arises. The presentation is straightforward, and it includes listings of appropriate activities for children of various ages. The article also encourages regular physical activity, while stressing the importance of age-appropriate choices and intensity in sports.

tag(s): sports (97)

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Coaches may find this one useful when parents' ambitions outpace those of their sons and daughters.
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FIFA World Cup - FIFA

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6 to 12
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The international soccer association's site includes more than 750 player profiles, score reports, video highlights, and more from the 2006 World Cup. The site includes live game updates...more
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The international soccer association's site includes more than 750 player profiles, score reports, video highlights, and more from the 2006 World Cup. The site includes live game updates and all the bells and whistles that well-connected sports fans demand. There's a great world cultures lesson in this site, since not all the competitors are from the usual "big name" nations.

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World Cup 2006 - German Republic

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6 to 12
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Soccer - what the rest of the world calls football - is truly the world's sport, so the World Cup is big news internationally. It's also a great time to ...more
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Soccer - what the rest of the world calls football - is truly the world's sport, so the World Cup is big news internationally. It's also a great time to link sport and world cultures. This site from the host country, Germany, offers games to play, background on the host country, and a sampling of the action from a German perspective.

tag(s): german (64)

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If in need of a fun game during a lesson on International sports OR more information about Germany, be sure to check this site out. For the former there is an interactive game, "dribble king," that students could play on classroom computers. For the latter, there is ample information about German industries, business, soccer culture, and even travel destinations. Though its a bit text heavy, this could be great brush-up material for teachers before teaching a lesson on some aspect of German culture. Foreign language teachers could incorporate this into student research projects or during a lesson discussing vocabulary centered around sports.
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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!

tag(s): fitness (49)

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Body and Mind - Centers for Disease Control

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4 to 8
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This site takes the notion of "fitness made simple" to a new level. This Centers for Disease Control site provides a wealth of resources for children looking to maintain healthy ...more
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This site takes the notion of "fitness made simple" to a new level. This Centers for Disease Control site provides a wealth of resources for children looking to maintain healthy and fit lifestyles. With resources on healthy snacking habits, an activity planner, and a quiz to help analyze your fitness level, this site helps make fitness, safety, and disease prevention fun for kids. There is also a teachers' corner for help integrating these activities into the classroom. The site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): fitness (49), sports (97)

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Women in Sports

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4 to 12
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Sports history buffs will appreciate this very complete, but very all-text, chronology of achievements in women's sports from antiquity to the present. This is useful content, and it...more
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Sports history buffs will appreciate this very complete, but very all-text, chronology of achievements in women's sports from antiquity to the present. This is useful content, and it is interspersed with links to additional sites about some of the athletes mentioned.

tag(s): sports (97), women (101)

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Include this resource as a handout for students while working on a unit about the changing roles of women and the equal rights movement for the sexes. Although some of the information is more trivial than necessary, this would be an interesting way to show students how the involvement of women in sports evolved, matching their involvement or desired involvement in the political process. Because this includes several different countries, this would be a great way to lead into a discussion of how womens' rights varied among many countries.

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Iditarod Home Page - Iditarod

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4 to 12
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The home page for the annual Iditarod sled dog race offers all manner of information on the race, the dogs, and the mushers. There's also information on the Junior Iditarod, ...more
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The home page for the annual Iditarod sled dog race offers all manner of information on the race, the dogs, and the mushers. There's also information on the Junior Iditarod, and extensive information for teachers and students. This site is useful even during "non-race" seasons.

tag(s): alaska (25), iditarod (7)

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Fat and Happy? - Scientific American Frontiers

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6 to 12
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Here's an episode from the Scientific American Frontiers site that offers a look at how American young people eat and what their eating habits do to their bodies and futures. ...more
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Here's an episode from the Scientific American Frontiers site that offers a look at how American young people eat and what their eating habits do to their bodies and futures. Users can view selected program clips, compute body mass (BMI), and learn lots of ways to improve their diets by changing what they eat. The BMI calculator opens in a pop-up window, so you need to turn off your pop-up blocker just for this site. See the Tools menu in Internet Explorer to do this.

tag(s): nutrition (154), obesity (19)

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Include this site as part of a research unit on healthy eating or make a simple web scavenger hunt for your students to learn the basic of how bodies metabolize food and create fat.
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Five A Day Nutrition - National Cancer Institute

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4 to 12
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The National Cancer Institute now offers this venerable site as an encouragement to make fruits and vegetables a central part of the American diet. Though not designed specifically...more
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The National Cancer Institute now offers this venerable site as an encouragement to make fruits and vegetables a central part of the American diet. Though not designed specifically for students, the site includes complete resources - recipes, promotional ideas, local contact information, etc. - and could be useful for health and nutrition classes.

tag(s): nutrition (154)

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Science and the Olympics - WhyFiles

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4 to 10
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This site was developed for the 1996 Atlanta games, and updated in 2013. It offers some timeless information about the science behind the sports that is useful during any Olympic ...more
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This site was developed for the 1996 Atlanta games, and updated in 2013. It offers some timeless information about the science behind the sports that is useful during any Olympic year! The WhyFiles presentation shows the hundreds of scientific connections to modern sports. There are eight main categories (for example, Ancient Olympics, Computers In Sports, and Sports Doctors: Athletic Ethics). Although this site isn't highly interactive, there are some explicitly detailed photographs and extensive information on all topics highlighted.

tag(s): olympics (47), sports (97)

In the Classroom

Why not do an eight day unit based on this website. Highlight a new category each day on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Or divide your students into small groups and assign each group one of the eight topics to explore. This site would tie into social studies, health, physical education, technology, and other subject areas.

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Organized Children's Games

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1 to 12
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A simple listing of lots of games for young ones, along with tips on how these can be adapted for different regional and cultural variations. Who says there's only one ...more
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A simple listing of lots of games for young ones, along with tips on how these can be adapted for different regional and cultural variations. Who says there's only one way to play the game!?

tag(s): sports (97)

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