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Fizzy's Lunch Lab - PBS Kids

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Learn all about health, diet, and fitness at this interactive web site offered by PBSkids. Topics include how to prepare and find healthy snacks, discovering the difference between...more
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Learn all about health, diet, and fitness at this interactive web site offered by PBSkids. Topics include how to prepare and find healthy snacks, discovering the difference between good and bad foods and what happens to food after it enters your body. Videos, games, food facts, music, and more are used to entice students to learn about good nutrition. Each month new videos and activities are being added to the site. As a culminating project have students create online posters ("glogs") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.

tag(s): fitness (49), myplate (28), nutrition (154)

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Teachers can use this site as part of their health and nutrition units. Lesson plans are available that correspond with each month's theme and activities. Use the games on your interactive whiteboard or projector to help spur classroom discussions on how to create nutritious meals and plan activities that will enhance a healthy lifestyle.
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Dare to Compare - Nation Center for Education Statistics

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4 to 12
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Students will enjoy comparing their knowledge with students around the country and the world through the interactive quizzes on this site. Six subject categories are offered (math,...more
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Students will enjoy comparing their knowledge with students around the country and the world through the interactive quizzes on this site. Six subject categories are offered (math, civics, history, geography, science, and economics)at 3 different grade levels (4th, 8th, and 12th). You can also choose 5, 10, 15, or 20 questions. Upon completion of quizzes, scores are shown along with all correct answers. Questions are provided from Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), Civic Education Study (CivEd) and National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) - all are institutes which are involved in assessing student achievement and performance. The questions are higher level, and many include diagrams and other visual aids.

tag(s): quiz (84), quizzes (96)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector as a pre-assessment for a new unit or as a mind bending class challenge. Reinforce and review lessons previously learned with your students. This is a terrific site during the run-up to high stakes testing. Use the questions as classroom conversation starters after taking the quizzes. Print out questions from the quizzes and provide your students with the correct answers and see if they can match them up with the questions. List this link on your class website for students to practice at home. Challenge small groups of students to create their own set of 5 questions about a current unit of study and create a multimedia presentation. Why not have cooperative learning groups create online books (one question per page) using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
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Year by Year - Infoplease

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3 to 12
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Build students' sense of historical context year by year. Help them to realize that Gershwin did not write during the Vietnam War and that World War II preceded the Beatles. ...more
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Build students' sense of historical context year by year. Help them to realize that Gershwin did not write during the Vietnam War and that World War II preceded the Beatles. This site gives an overview of any year students click on from 1900 to the present, including cultural events, national and world news, politics, sports, prize winners, movie releases, deaths, and --for more recent years -- links to news focusing on other topics such as science and people. It provides an interesting summary of any particular year; most students find it interesting to check the year of their birth and those of their family members. Many highlighted keywords link to the Infoplease encyclopedia and other reference sources.

tag(s): news (261), politics (99), sports (97)

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Ask your students to visit the site and create a multimedia presentation from the information about any specific year they see there. Or have them compare life in two different decades. Have students create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. Or challenge students to create an online poster using Padlet (reviewed here).

When studying literature, point out this site as a source authors might use for cultural background information in their writing. Pick out the details while reading a novel, for example, that might be found at this site. Or before studying a historical period, use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Have students collect information tidbits and predict what might be put into the site for the current year.

Ask your ESL/ELL students to share similar information about the years they were born and the events that occurred in their home cultures. Use the site when preparing a unit on summarizing or informational paragraphs, showing the students how to select and condense relevant information from the site into a few sentences.

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The Physics Front - American Association of Physics Teachers

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2 to 12
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Looking for a variety of physics resources? Wishing there were resources for younger students? Look no more! Find a vast array of physics resources at your fingertips. Browse units...more
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Looking for a variety of physics resources? Wishing there were resources for younger students? Look no more! Find a vast array of physics resources at your fingertips. Browse units arranged by course. Courses include "Physical Science K-8," "Physics First," "Conceptual Physics," "Algebra Based Physics," and "AP Calc Based Physics." Find all topics in your course by a simple drop down menu. Registration and login is not required to use the material though it is required to leave a rating for the material. Our editors noted that some activities, though labeled for younger students, may still be text-heavy.

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Find great lessons, demonstration ideas, and laboratory activities to use with students of all ages and abilities. Search instead for specific lesson plans, activities, labs, or assessments. Use these ideas to create your own inquiry activities. Allow students the opportunities to teach a concept to the other students in class using these great plans. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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TeachersFirst's Comics Resources - TeachersFirst

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3 to 12
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about and create comics in any subject area. Comics have become mainstream in...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students learn about and create comics in any subject area. Comics have become mainstream in "graphic novels" and can express or explain major concepts, portray the underlying tensions behind an issue, or simply help students remember terms and definitions. The storytelling potential of comics goes back to cave drawings and can be as simple as a stick figure or as elaborate as a photograph annotated with voice bubbles. Explore these resources for tools and ideas to "draw" comics into your classroom as a tool for learning. Many of these resources trace the history and technique of various comics, providing an interesting area of study or examples for student-made comics.

tag(s): comics and cartoons (74)

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Choose a comic creator tool for students to use in your class to reinforce curriculum concepts. With younger students or those who need examples, create the first comic(s) together on interactive whiteboard or projector as a closure activity to reinforce concepts before a test. Gradually allow students to create their own comics (or collections of comics) to tell stories, review concepts, or make political comments. More techno-savvy students will appreciate the variety of tool options offered here.
 

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Shake, Rattle, and Slide - University of Illinois Extension

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This interactive site focuses on showing and telling students about volcanoes, earthquakes, and glaciers. The text information is also available as audio; many fun activities reinforce...more
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This interactive site focuses on showing and telling students about volcanoes, earthquakes, and glaciers. The text information is also available as audio; many fun activities reinforce the information given on the introductory sites. Because of the dual presentation (oral and written), the site is easy for ESL/ELL students to use as well. One especially interesting activity involves showing students the history of the geologic earth and asks them to imagine squeezing all the earth's history into one day.

tag(s): earth (228), earthquakes (48), glaciers (14), plate tectonics (23), volcanoes (61), weather (188)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on geology and/or natural disasters on a projector or interactive whiteboard. When a disaster is in the news, use this site as the starting point for individual or group projects in response to their curiosity about the news event. Have ESL/ELL students use this to introduce other students to some possible disasters that occur in their parts of the world. Another option would be to divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them create presentations on different parts of the information found in the site and its activities. Use the information they find as a jumping off place for doing further research on areas that interest them.To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here
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Memorize.com - Memorize.com

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1 to 12
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Sometimes you just need to memorize certain facts and Memorize.com provides the easy to use resources to get the job done. The format of this site is simple and easily ...more
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Sometimes you just need to memorize certain facts and Memorize.com provides the easy to use resources to get the job done. The format of this site is simple and easily accessible to all. Choose pre-made flash cards or create your own. If you choose to create your own, you can create an account or let the system create one for you. Options to switch between flashcard, multiple choice, and matching formats are provided. Diagrams and explanatory text can also be included with your choices.

tag(s): flash cards (45)

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Join the site or let them create an account for you -- but be sure you remember that username, etc. so you can access it again! (email required). Read through the various options or use their "wizards" to create materials.

Create materials for review and practice with basic information, terms, and more. Students can collect and save rows or information they missed to aid with their learning. Ask your students to create their own flashcards or memory set to review before a test or quiz. Have students make practice materials for each other, as well. Learning support teachers will find their students enjoy reviewing more if they are creating something themselves, and the process of MAKING the cards is actually a review in itself.

Share this link on your website for parents to review with their student. This format is very flexible and can be used to create materials for everything from math to Social Studies.

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Word It Out - Worditout.com

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2 to 12
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Create impressive word clouds from any text! What is a word cloud? Word clouds show not only the words in the text sample, but also display the frequency of the ...more
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Create impressive word clouds from any text! What is a word cloud? Word clouds show not only the words in the text sample, but also display the frequency of the words by showing often used words in a larger font. No login or registration required. Click "Create a word cloud," enter or paste your text and then click "word it out." View your word cloud, drag the arrows on the sides of the screen to make larger or smaller, and change the colors and specifics of the word cloud in the space below. Click "Save" to save as either public or private (an email address is required to save.)

tag(s): visualizations (14), vocabulary (323), word choice (26), word clouds (10), word study (80)

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You need to know how to copy/paste text passages (ctrl or command + C, then ctrl or command + V to paste. Think Velcro to stick it there!). If you wish to Save, you must join the site (email required). Alternately, capture the image using screen capture (apple/shift/4 on a Mac or Print Screen on a PC.)

Use a word cloud in virtually any class. With emergent readers, enter multiple words with the same consonant cluster or vowel sound, so they can SEE a visual grouping of that sound on your interactive whiteboard and guess the sound. Project a teacher-created word cloud at the start of a new lesson or unit and have students determine what the lesson will be about. Have students use word clouds to proof their own essays or stories. Use word clouds for students to identify the subject and frequently used words to check if they are on target with their intended message. Have students find overused words in their own writing as part of lessons on word choice. Teachers could create and save a word cloud then share it as a visual prompt for students to work individually or in groups to identify words they know (and the definitions) as well as the words they are unfamiliar with. Create word clouds of passages or stories and allow students to guess the author, title, subject, or meaning of the story. Underscore motifs in literature by creating clouds of passages, especially poetry. Have students work together to make clouds of alternative ways to say "said" or "went" in story-writing to post in your classroom as a reference. Create word clouds of opinion passages to determine the bias of the author and possible reasons for that specific opinion. Make word cloud posters on health topics such as the potential health risks of smoking. Make word clouds of different food groups. Create higher order thinking activities by approaching text in a unique way.

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Science of the Olympic Winter Games - Nantional Science Foundation

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3 to 12
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This site hosts 16 Olympics-related videos from NSF and NBC. Learn about the science of the Olympics available without a membership. Any science teacher can find something related to...more
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This site hosts 16 Olympics-related videos from NSF and NBC. Learn about the science of the Olympics available without a membership. Any science teacher can find something related to your curriculum: from Newton's Laws of motion, to concepts of physics, chemistry, biomechanics, and physiology. Math teachers can also find applied math concepts from basic arithmetic to calculus.

tag(s): olympics (47)

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Share these videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector, being sure to have student use the whiteboard tools as you pause the video so students can draw lines to illustrate forces and other concepts. Have student groups watch different videos and report back on the theoretical science AND the actual results from that sport, connecting the science concepts to the actual results they see in competition. Even younger students can benefit from the videos as an overview of more advanced concepts, provided you preview vocabulary, then stop and discuss more challenging words during the video. Your students will want the link to this site, so share it on your class web page. You can also embed the videos right in your web page, blog, or wiki. Have students write about the embedded piece, adding their own commentary of the actual Olympics based on the video.

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Kubbu - Soft Glow

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1 to 12
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Use this E-learning tool for teachers to create educational activities, crosswords and quizzes. Create activities for online practice, review, and testing of up to 30 students. Create...more
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Use this E-learning tool for teachers to create educational activities, crosswords and quizzes. Create activities for online practice, review, and testing of up to 30 students. Create class pages, printable activities, improve students' results and check scores for free.

tag(s): puzzles (208), quiz (84)

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Users will need to create a free teacher account. Use this limited free account for 30 students and 15 activities at a time. Note that the account will be deleted after sixty days of inactivity. A Pro and Ultimate paid account is available.

Create student accounts and group profiles. Prepare activities and create permissions for them. Provide login data to students for access. Consider adding links to a website, blog, or wiki page for student access. Alternatively, create a group with anonymous access by creating activities with a web address. Note that statistics of individual student use are not available this way. Publish the web address on a site for access or print the activities for use in a class. The 5 sections of the site control all aspects: Students, Groups, Activities, Files, and Profile. Use the Student section to check results, delete a student, or edit a student account. Click "Add student" at the bottom to create student accounts. Create group access to activities, enable a group forum with the group space icon, or share information under the Group section. Click on "Add group" at the bottom to create a group. Personal access requires students added to your account. Anonymous access creates a class page that students access via URL. Create the group and the kubbu url to save. Create activities and quizzes in the Activities section. View statistics, set permissions, print, review, duplicate, or share activities in this section also. Click on "Add activity" and enter a title and set permissions including time limit, answer revealing, and instructions. Upload pictures and sound files in the Files section. Use these items in with the Composer activities. Change your information including login and password under the Profile section. Hover over any icon you are unsure of to view a description of the function. This is a very helpful resource of this site.

Material can be made public for others outside your class to use. Student information is not available for others to see. As teachers add students or create anonymous groups, this creates an ideal educational environment that is CIPPA compliant. Use a teacher site, blog, or wiki page to share links to created quizzes and other activities.

Create matching activities for many subject areas. Match synonyms, state or country capitals, definitions, terminology, and many others ideas. Create crosswords easily. Consider using student-created words and hints to be entered easily for practice and quizzing. Create student groups with each group working on a separate section of the chapter or unit. At the end, compile these crosswords and quizzes for a file of practice activities for all students. Keep a file of activities to be printed for substitute plans or extension activities.

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Interactive science exercises - Katharine Lady Berkeley's School

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4 to 12
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Choose from a variety of science activities from Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. For example, choose "The Human Skeleton." Identify the names of the bones in the human...more
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Choose from a variety of science activities from Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. For example, choose "The Human Skeleton." Identify the names of the bones in the human skeleton by simply dragging the names to the appropriate bones. Take advantage of the timers to help stay on task. Choose the drop down menu option as well. Click finish to see what you missed. Print the page to hand in the score. Additional information on bones and the skeletal system is given. Other specific interactives include matching planets to their descriptions, the human eye, enzymes and labeling the digestive system, and several others.

tag(s): body systems (57), periodic table (50), solar system (119)

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Use this site to check student understanding of topics being studied. Share this site and the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have groups of students investigate various topics together. Students can use this site individually to check for understanding and additional practice. List this link on your class website for students to use for practice both in and out of the classroom.
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My Plant ID - MyPlantID

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4 to 12
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Learning about plants and plant names? Use this resource to find names of unidentified plants or help in identifying unknown plants. An account is required to identify or name plants....more
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Learning about plants and plant names? Use this resource to find names of unidentified plants or help in identifying unknown plants. An account is required to identify or name plants. It is probably easiest to create a class account to use this site. Registration requires an email and general location information. Tip: rather than using your personal or work email, create a free Gmail account to use for memberships. Take pictures of local plants and upload including location for others to use on the site. View a Google map that shows the location of various plants.

tag(s): classification (25), plants (145)

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View unidentified plants in order to classify, name, and enter information to help others. Create groups to find, photograph, and identify native plants to add to this database as part of a classification, botany, or my community unit. Use this site to determine where many plants are found, which can lead to discussions of climate zones, native and invasive plants, adaptations of plants, as well as uses of various plants in our living spaces.
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Online Basic Skill Games - Jefferson County

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K to 8
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This site provides links to basic skill games for math, language arts, science, and social studies. Although we don't typically review "hotlists" this one really has something to offer...more
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This site provides links to basic skill games for math, language arts, science, and social studies. Although we don't typically review "hotlists" this one really has something to offer anyone teaching elementary or middle school. Each subject area has several topics. Each topic has countless links for more information and/or activities. Language Arts topics include Letter Fun, Working with Words, Go Grammar, Spell It, and Read It. Science highlights Animals, Plants, Physics, Biology, Anatomy, Weather, and Space. Math includes everything from Money to Probability to Graphing to Patterns (and more). At the Social Studies link you will find Maps, 50 States, U.S. Presidents, History, The World, and Flags. The link to interactive websites includes activities for grades pre-K -12.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), fractions (239), integers (41), money (192), patterns (85)

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Save this site in your favorites on classroom computers and use it as a center. Students can focus on areas of strength or weakness on a math game day. Because this site offers multiple levels and activities for many topics, it is easy to differentiate for ability levels within your class. Include this site on your class web page for students and parents to access for home based skills practice. There is a LOT here to explore.
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Free Clip Art by Phillip Martin - Phillip Martin

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K to 12
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Free Clip Art by Phillip Martin is an extensive collection of clipart. All the clipart is free to use in the classroom, in newsletters or presentations. As long as the ...more
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Free Clip Art by Phillip Martin is an extensive collection of clipart. All the clipart is free to use in the classroom, in newsletters or presentations. As long as the use is for non-profit, it may be downloaded and used free of charge. Categories included in the site are Language Arts, Science, Social Sciences, Holidays, School, A to Z, and More. Each of the above categories has countless sub-categories within them. No registration is necessary and the site is extremely simple to navigate. Of course you will want to model and require ethical use of these resources by giving credit to the source of clips in a small note or text box on your projects. There are some unobtrusive advertisements at the site.

tag(s): clip art (10), holidays (147), images (266), preK (281)

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This site is great if you need some clever clipart to jazz up student handouts, classroom bulletin boards or PowerPoint/Keynote presentations. There is also web clipart that you can use for your blog, class webpage, or wiki. Interested in learning more about wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. When using the clipart be sure to download to your computer first before inserting into an application. Copying it directly from the web site puts a black background behind your image. Have students use this site in science class (or other classes to explain concepts and create colorful projects. Have students create a Slidestory, reviewed here, to narrate a picture and describe what they have learned.

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Crawford the Cat - Perennial Pictures Film Cooperation

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K to 2
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Crawford the Cat is a website that teaches young children about health issues like brushing your teeth and social skills like working together. There are numerous 5-minute videos teaching...more
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Crawford the Cat is a website that teaches young children about health issues like brushing your teeth and social skills like working together. There are numerous 5-minute videos teaching students about good table manners, trying new food, exercise, colds and flu, and several other health/science topics. The site includes videos, online books, printables and interactive games.

tag(s): dental health (23), hygiene (10), preK (281), social skills (20)

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This site works really well with an interactive whiteboard or projector. Students can view the videos on the board and then play the games on the interactive board. The printables can be used by an entire class or for individual students who need skills reinforcement, and the books can be used as a center. The students have the choice of having the books read to them or reading on their own, so the site addresses the abilities of all students.
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Atmosphere Design Lab - GotTheMots

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What if there were no more ozone? The Earth has a defined amount of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and ozone. Models have been used to determine what would happen if these ...more
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What if there were no more ozone? The Earth has a defined amount of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and ozone. Models have been used to determine what would happen if these change. Click on each gas to determine where it comes from and the role that it plays in the atmosphere and for life. Click on all tabs to understand the role of each gas. Click the red button to adjust the amount of gas in the Earth's mixture. Click to view and alter the amount of the other gases. As you choose higher or lower concentrations, read information about the problems or benefits of each that appear.

tag(s): atmosphere (26), carbon (21), carbon dioxide (17), ozone (10)

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Use this resource to obtain information for future discussion of environmental or climate change. Students can write letters to the editor, blog posts, or reaction letters about the increase or decrease of various gases in the atmosphere. Research man made and environmental factors that contribute to the changes of the composition of these gases and present findings to the class. Discuss or debate current thoughts in atmosphere and climate science. Create a class wiki all about the atmosphere. Have students add their own comments as they research this site. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Playnormous - Archimage

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2 to 12
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Use Playnormous interactives and animations to find information, educate, and encourage students to make healthy choices about their nutrition and physical activity. Try your hand at...more
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Use Playnormous interactives and animations to find information, educate, and encourage students to make healthy choices about their nutrition and physical activity. Try your hand at health related activities, find great information (including lesson plans), and get support with instructional guides for teachers. Note: The "Games" play best on Internet Explorer window browsers.

tag(s): myplate (28), nutrition (154)

In the Classroom

Click on "Lesson Plans for Teachers" to find great ways to use the site in your classroom. Share the activities on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Why not have cooperative learning groups create multimedia presentations about one of the topics at this site. Have students create nutrition infomercials and share them using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here. Click on each activity to review a teacher guide, look at more than one activity for the same topic, and view the answer key. Add playnormous games by clicking on "Linking to playnormous health games" to copy the embed code to place into your own site, wiki, or blog. This is a great link to include on your class website to educate families on nutrition. This embed feature can make these games a handy part of any class web site, during health units or any time!
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Nutrition explorations - National Dairy Council

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2 to 12
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Find activities, nutritional information, recipes, physical activity ideas, and more at this colorful and interactive site. Click on "Nutrition" to tour the food groups, learn how much...more
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Find activities, nutritional information, recipes, physical activity ideas, and more at this colorful and interactive site. Click on "Nutrition" to tour the food groups, learn how much you should eat, and more. At the "Activities" link you will find several action packed "nutrition" interactives. Don't miss the "Kids Kitchen" to find some excellent (healthy) recipes.

tag(s): myplate (28), nutrition (154)

In the Classroom

Allow students to try the activities and collect the information learned for discussion in class. Create conventional or multimedia posters about nutritional facts that others may not be aware of. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here) or Glogster, (reviewed here). Analyze current diets of students with what is recommended. Analyze commercials for foods for truth and untruth to learn to make good choices. Set goals for a nutrition campaign in your classroom.
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Best Bones Forever - US Dept. of Health and Human Services

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3 to 12
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This website educates girls about the importance of calcium, vitamin D, and strong bones. Increase knowledge about bone density among the girls in your classroom. Much of the information...more
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This website educates girls about the importance of calcium, vitamin D, and strong bones. Increase knowledge about bone density among the girls in your classroom. Much of the information is relevant to boys also. Identify the impact of certain foods, exercise, and other factors on calcium and bone density. Find great recipes and other items on this interactive site. Find what is best for your bones, view interactive activities, and learn facts on bones and osteoporosis.

tag(s): density (21), nutrition (154)

In the Classroom

Use this site for additional information in learning about healthy bodies. Create action plans and goals for increasing calcium intake and activities. Compile additional recipes to produce as a class either in written form or through a blog or wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Why not have cooperative learning groups explore specific topics presented at this site and create multimedia presentations. Create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here.
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The Ultimate Unit Converter - Arthur Blair

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2 to 12
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Students will enjoy this site while brainstorming the most obscure units of measurement to convert. Simply type in the quantity and unit of measurement and VOILA! A long list of ...more
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Students will enjoy this site while brainstorming the most obscure units of measurement to convert. Simply type in the quantity and unit of measurement and VOILA! A long list of conversions will follow. The converter will provide measurement in the forms of astronomy, maritime, common, imperial, metric, surveying, and US. Students can even convert a football field into dunams and hectares. You can contribute to the site in a variety of ways by creating a free account. However, registration is not required to use the Unit Converter. Registration does require an email address. Why not use a gmail address, rather than your personal email address.

Since this site is user-contributed, they do make a caveat that "No guarantee is made on the results' accuracy. Do not use this tool when designing bridges or launching interplanetary probes."

tag(s): measurement (157)

In the Classroom

Have students use the converter to check their work after they make a valid attempt to convert their own measurements. Make sure students research the various forms of measurement when they see a new form that they do not know. Provide this link on your class website and save it on your own classroom computer's favorites! Have students use this site and work with a partner to create their own math word problems (relative to your current unit of study). Share the math problems on your class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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