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Ask for Evidence - askforevidence.org

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8 to 12
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Ask for Evidence steps in to find the facts behind product claims. Browse through stories for information on questions such as "Should we be Worried about 'Dirty' Stethoscopes?" or...more
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Ask for Evidence steps in to find the facts behind product claims. Browse through stories for information on questions such as "Should we be Worried about 'Dirty' Stethoscopes?" or "Claims about Cancer Fighting Foods." Create an account to ask your own questions. Be sure to view the "Understand Evidence" part of the site to find invaluable resources about how to find and understand reliable evidence. The site was created in the UK, so some of the pronunciations and spellings may differ from American English. Note: topics included may not all be classroom appropriate. Select and share specific articles if you are sharing this site with young people.

tag(s): advertising (34), evaluating sources (15), media literacy (63), politics (97)

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Use this site when discussing political or advertising claims with your students. Build critical thinking and questioning skills. Share specific articles with students as young as upper elementary. Share the "Understand Evidence" portion of the site with students before they begin any investigational reports or persuasive writing pieces. Use specific articles rather than the full site with less mature students. This site will give them experience reading informational text on claims they wonder about. Partner weaker readers with others who may be able to help them read the text-heavy articles. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here.

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MDC Online - Missouri Department of Conservation

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1 to 8
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Find information for backyard wildlife adventurers at this free site! View information on hunting and trapping, backyard habitats, and more. Be sure to check out the Discover Nature...more
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Find information for backyard wildlife adventurers at this free site! View information on hunting and trapping, backyard habitats, and more. Be sure to check out the Discover Nature tab for recipes using animals and plants common to Missouri. (If you live in an entirely different area, you can compare what Missouri has with what you have!) Browse through Field Guides organized by species group. There are video clips. Some 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. Find Education Resources under the Education tab.
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tag(s): animal homes (47), animals (297), cooking (31), environment (323), forests (27), trees (28)

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Use this site when discussing ecology, wildlife, or nature in general. View the Outdoor Recreation and Wildlife Cameras links under the Discover tab for great ideas to get out into nature or view wildlife. Use a webcam for students to practice scientific observation! Choose a recipe from the Cooking link to create and share with others. Give students an opportunity to look at the material around the site and share what they find with others in the class. Be sure to include this link when providing resources for students to generate reports or presentations on wildlife and nature.

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Parent Toolkit - NBC News Education Nation and Pearson

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K to 12
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The Parent Toolkit provides an informative guide to child development from preK through High School. Choose from grade-level charts to view academic, health, and social guidelines with...more
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The Parent Toolkit provides an informative guide to child development from preK through High School. Choose from grade-level charts to view academic, health, and social guidelines with benchmarks and tips. Articles by noted experts offer up to date information and advice for parents and teachers of all grade levels. Don't forget to browse through the National Resources for local help with Mathematics and English, searchable by state.

tag(s): child development (25), learning styles (20), parent conferences (24), parents (59), preK (294), social skills (21)

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Share the Parent Toolkit with parents as an excellent resource for up to date information on education and parenting. Create a link to the appropriate grade level information on your class webpage to help parents understand developmental guidelines for their student. Share this site with colleagues during professional development to gain further understanding of academic and social grade level benchmarks.

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Wall Street Survivor - Greg Isenberg and Rory Olson

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8 to 12
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Learn about the Stock Market and the world of finances without spending a cent with Wall Street Survivor. Create a free account to access free courses and stock market simulations....more
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Learn about the Stock Market and the world of finances without spending a cent with Wall Street Survivor. Create a free account to access free courses and stock market simulations. Once registered, join stock market leagues. Set up your own practice portfolio for a no-risk option to dabble in stock trading and buying. Play against friends using your own settings and options for trading and selling. In addition to investing options, be sure to check out the large library of articles and tutorials teaching how the stock market works. Not all courses are free, but several basic introductory finance courses offer free lessons in an easy to understand format. If your district blocks YouTube, videos 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): business (58), financial literacy (84), money (180)

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Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Share articles on personal finance, investing, and more. Challenge students (or groups) to create their own Stock Market Leagues to learn about investing and trading. Use Wall Street Survivor as an after-school program for students to learn about finances and investing. Share this link on your class website for students to explore on their own. Your math-savvy gifted students and finance aficionados will love this one.
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Home Food Safety - Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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3 to 12
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Find the best information for handling food safely on this website. View alerts of recent recalls and food safety problems. Download useful food safety tip sheets to share. Find resources...more
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Find the best information for handling food safely on this website. View alerts of recent recalls and food safety problems. Download useful food safety tip sheets to share. Find resources in the tabs along the top for Food Poisoning and Safety Tips. View videos and find links to resources, and material to understand all about food safety. Find games and other activities in the Kids tab. Be sure to look at the Downloads and Videos tab for more great resources! The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, 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.

tag(s): cooking (31), diseases (74), nutrition (154), safety (92)

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Use all of these resources in a Family and Consumer Science class or health unit on foods. Find great downloads that are of use to students as they begin cooking such as Kitchen Safety Checklist and Cooking with Microwaves. Allow time for students to look over the site and find information they did not know. Challenge students to create a one minute lecture series using Prezi, reviewed here, where they give their tips, along with researched information to understand the "science" behind the tips. You or students can create posters that remind students of best practices using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Have students create a checklist they can take home to evaluate the practices in their household. Report back on the most ignored practices that others should follow.
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My Next Move - US Department of Labor

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9 to 12
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"What do you want to do for a living?" is the springboard for this career and guidance site from the US Department of Labor. Choose from three options depending on ...more
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"What do you want to do for a living?" is the springboard for this career and guidance site from the US Department of Labor. Choose from three options depending on how sharply focused your career goals are. Consider job titles, explore general career groups, or take an interest inventory to help guide you. Each job title links to a fuller description: the skills, abilities, and knowledge needed for the job, the education required, the job prospects in that career and the personality traits that are linked to success in the career. Job titles are also categorized by whether the long term prospects for growth in that category are strong, whether the career is part of the "green economy" and whether there are internships or job training programs associated with that career.

tag(s): careers (139), financial literacy (84)

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Ask students to complete the interest inventory independently to get insight and ideas about possible careers. Then use the examples from students' results to explore representative industries or job titles. Help students appreciate that career planning is an ongoing process that includes education, aptitudes, and personality in order to find a "good fit." My Next Move is a great resource for helping students get more concrete information and insight into the sometimes vexing question of "what I want to do when I grow up." Use it in guidance classes or as part of a budgeting and life planning section in Family and Consumer Science or business classes.

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Paying for College - Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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10 to 12
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The cost of college continues to rise, and student debt has a significant impact on the US economy. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers several important resources for those...more
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The cost of college continues to rise, and student debt has a significant impact on the US economy. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offers several important resources for those thinking about how to pay for college. An overview of student loans and how they work provides important consumer information. Also, some brief money management and banking can help those just starting out. The best part of Paying for College, however, is the financial aid offer comparison tool, which allows you to evaluate up to three financial aid offers from colleges using real "apples to apples" data. Finally, there is excellent advice about repaying student debt.

tag(s): banks (10), college (48), financial aid (16), financial literacy (84), money (180)

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The cost of college represents a real life example of the importance of financial literacy to high school students. If you teach money management, career planning, or consumer awareness, the units on student banking and student loans provide practical advice on financial management and planning for young people. Of course, this is also a resource you will want to share in the library/media center and college guidance offices.

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Curious - Curious

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4 to 12
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Learn fascinating information in video format on a plethora of different topics. As you click through, click FREE at the top of each category to se only the free offerings. ...more
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Learn fascinating information in video format on a plethora of different topics. As you click through, click FREE at the top of each category to se only the free offerings. Choose from categories such as Game On, Curious 52, Art and Photo, Smarty Pants, Fit and Active, and Health and Beauty. There is so much more: Learn to Code, Great Outdoors, Popular, Fancy Pants, Around the House, Staff Picks, Pocket Perfect, Language, Crafting, Green Thumb, Software, Tasty Treats, Song and Dance, Business Savvy, and Party Time. Each video has a clickable "timeline" under it where you can read about the video, find lessons, make comments, find related topics, and see assignments. Teach others your skill or talent. Send Curious cards to teachers or others to show what you know. Be aware, not all of the video clips are free.
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tag(s): art history (74), coding (65), dance (27), family (57), financial literacy (84), money (180), nutrition (154), sports (97), video (278)

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Check out the offerings for videos that support or extend your curriculum. Have your students find a lesson to learn or even a lesson to teach. Be sure to show them where to click "free" to narrow the listings. After previewing Curious on an interactive whiteboard or projector, choose a video to evaluate and gather the important parts of the information. Small groups could each choose a different video. Have students create their own lessons in content areas using these as a model. As you teach about informational text, this is the perfect example of digital writing to convey information. Suggest this site at a parent night to help keep everyone lifetime learners. Be sure to post a link on your website for parents and students to access at home.
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Toyota Teen Driver - Discovery Education and Toyota Motor Corporation

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10 to 12
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Try this comprehensive program to help new teen drivers remain safe and avoid distractions when behind the wheel of a car. View tools specifically created for those that influence teen...more
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Try this comprehensive program to help new teen drivers remain safe and avoid distractions when behind the wheel of a car. View tools specifically created for those that influence teen drivers the most: educators, parents, and teens themselves. Try Heads Up (designed for teens). This interactive challenge helps teens to learn about distractions and how to avoid them. The Teen Driving Toolkit includes portions on calculating the cost of operating a car, how to stand up to peer pressure, and talking to parents about operating vehicles. Parent resources include videos, a refresher on driver safety and road rules, and suggestions for creating a mutual driving agreement with your teen. Educators will find many resources including classroom activities and lesson plans. Follow Toyota Teen Driver on Twitter to keep up with the latest news and additions. Some of the video clips are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, 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.

tag(s): safety (92)

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If you teach drivers education, health, or even business, include this site on your wiki or class website. Share the site with students (and parents) as a valuable addition to the "learn to drive" toolkit. Share videos with students on your projector. Have students complete the calculators to learn the cost of operating a car, or have students discuss the information on the site with their parents. Use components of this site as part of student programs discussing teen safety issues.
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Would You Rather? - John Stevens

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5 to 12
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Find terrific prompts for writing in math or language arts. Would You Rather? offers the engaging prompts you need to ignite writing about math and/or consumer decisions in the...more
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Find terrific prompts for writing in math or language arts. Would You Rather? offers the engaging prompts you need to ignite writing about math and/or consumer decisions in the real world. Each entry is a picture offering two options. You choose which one you prefer and justify the response. Examples include comparing wireless phone plan rates or choosing slices of pizza. Each prompt includes enough information to decide; the rest is up to each writer. Click on the conversation icon in each picture to read answers from other users. Add your email address to follow the blog and receive notification of new entries.

tag(s): blogs (86), writing prompts (93)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to share journal prompts. Use the prompts as prompts for student blog posts in math or consumerism units. If your school policy permits, allow them to response ON the Would You Rather? blog or simply share responses within your class on a wiki or blog. As a prewriting activity, have students use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare and contrast different points of view. Although entries are math-based, you could also use these questions in your language arts class as a writing prompt to teach writing an argument with supporting evidence and/or writing from alternate points of view.

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Planet Nutshell - Joshua Gunn

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4 to 12
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Planet Nutshell offers short, comic videos hosted on Vimeo explaining diverse topics such as Internet safety, financial aid, and climate change. Many videos include a suitable grade...more
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Planet Nutshell offers short, comic videos hosted on Vimeo explaining diverse topics such as Internet safety, financial aid, and climate change. Many videos include a suitable grade range with the title and run three minutes or less in length. Share videos using the share link provided with the direct URL to the Vimeo site or embed code. Save videos for later viewing on your Vimeo account.

tag(s): climate change (68), financial aid (16), internet safety (111)

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Include videos during your Internet safety or climate change unit and view on your interactive whiteboard. Embed on your class website or blog and have students create animated movies online using Dvolver - Movie Maker, reviewed here,. Consider sharing one of the short Internet safety videos with parents during an Open House or Meet the Teacher night.
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Top Documentary Films - topdocumentaryfilms.com

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7 to 12
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Top Documentary Films contains a large collection of documentaries from around the world. Choose "Browse Documentaries" to explore documentaries available, or click on categories to...more
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Top Documentary Films contains a large collection of documentaries from around the world. Choose "Browse Documentaries" to explore documentaries available, or click on categories to view by topics such as Politics, Science, etc. Choose the documentary list to view a complete listing of all available films. Each listing includes a short description along with a link to view the video. Videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, 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. Be sure to PREVIEW videos before showing to a class as they are unmoderated. Comments are also unmoderated. There is a wonderful disclaimer at the lower left of the home page about bias and documentaries. It is well worth noting as you watch ANY "documentary."
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tag(s): advanced placement (24), animals (297), artists (78), biographies (91), drugs and alcohol (23), environment (323), evolution (99), hiv/aids (19), humor (15), media literacy (63), mental health (27), money (180), politics (97), psychology (66), religions (67), sports (97), vietnam (36)

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Use this site to find videos in a wide range of topics to share on your interactive whiteboard, on a projector, or as a link on your class web page. Use videos to demonstrate different points of view. Then use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare and contrast information. Have students create a word cloud of the important terms they learn from any film using a tool such as Wordle (reviewed here). Want to engage students WHILE they watch a video? Why not set up a backchannel chat using Todaysmeet, reviewed here. Be sure to ask your class if there could have been any bias in the video you watch together. What film techniques influence our thinking?
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Foodopoly - Food and Water Watch

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5 to 12
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Think you know about food and the food system responsible for growing, processing, and getting it to your table? Begin with the quiz to see what you really know. Along ...more
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Think you know about food and the food system responsible for growing, processing, and getting it to your table? Begin with the quiz to see what you really know. Along with the right answers, you will receive background information and some shocking statistics. View the Get The Facts tab to access an assortment of Infographics about what is in the grocery aisles.
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tag(s): nutrition (154)

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Begin with the quiz to see what students know. Share the quiz on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Have students take the quiz independently in a BYOD classroom (or computer lab/laptops). As they take the quiz, students can note items that interest or disturb them. Begin a class discussion with the most interesting or shocking items they learned from taking the quiz. Research the history of the Farm Bill, the FDA, or the USDA. Compare diets of today and of the past, and identify differences and medical issues (good or bad.) Create a debate about monopolies in food production and lack of oversight in the food industry. Have students investigate one food aisle and share what they learn.

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CraftArt edu - Craft Media Network

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4 to 12
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Learn, create, and connect with CraftArtEdu's free online "classes" on video. This colorful site offers free online "classes" on countless art and crafts topics. Topics range from wrapping...more
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Learn, create, and connect with CraftArtEdu's free online "classes" on video. This colorful site offers free online "classes" on countless art and crafts topics. Topics range from wrapping wire loops to fan fold blends to basic embroidery and much more. Join a class and receive step by step instruction. Find the free class section, and start your new learning adventure. Develop new talents and skills. Some of the videos are not in English, so preview (unless you are looking for language learning!). Don't miss the digital art tutorials about Photoshop!
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tag(s): crafts (43), holidays (146)

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Find projects for holidays or that tie in with current units of study on time periods in history, different cultures, or literature being read in class. In world language classes, share one of the videos in French or German and challenge students to follow along with the directions. Then have them try to make their own how-to videos to practice new vocabulary. Use these videos as examples of digital writing for information and have student groups create one of their own. Share this site with your "crafty" students for indoor recess or use the activities in family and consumer science. Share this link on your class website for students to find crafty ways to share knowledge in unusual displays. Some of the videos might even offer ideas they could use as science fair projects testing the strength of different materials.
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Foodista - Foodista

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3 to 12
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Foodista is a community of food lovers who share and exchange all things food! Find recipes and cooking ideas, food news, holiday ideas, health and nutrition, video directions, question...more
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Foodista is a community of food lovers who share and exchange all things food! Find recipes and cooking ideas, food news, holiday ideas, health and nutrition, video directions, question and answers, blogs, and an rss feed. Add a recipe or share on social media.
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tag(s): cooking (31), holidays (146), nutrition (154)

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Capture every student's heart (or stomach) with Foodista! Introduce on your interactive whiteboard or projector for learning how to write, read, and follow directions. This site is sure to make some stomachs grumble and some mouths water! In math class, explore or multiply fractions used in recipes. In science, FACS, or health class, explore the nutrition side of Foodista. Help students gain a better understanding of diabetes or food allergies. Use to create food for special celebrations of literature or in social studies as you study cultures around the world. Allow students to choose food for special class celebrations. In your FACS class, use the blog area as a weekly update for new recipe, home care, and nutrition ideas.
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Media Smarts - Canada's Centre for Digital and Media Literacy

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6 to 12
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Media Smarts is a comprehensive Canadian site devoted to media literacy and critical thinking skills for children and youth. Browse through several topics such as digital and media...more
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Media Smarts is a comprehensive Canadian site devoted to media literacy and critical thinking skills for children and youth. Browse through several topics such as digital and media literacy to explore articles related to television, Internet, and gender issues. An extensive teacher resource section offers many lessons and resources searchable by grade, subject, and media type. Download lessons in PDF format using links in the lesson description.

tag(s): media literacy (63)

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Bookmark this site to explore and use with lessons related to digital and media literacy. Share articles on gender and body image with students. Have students find examples on tv and use an online poster creator, such as PicLits, reviewed here to demonstrate examples. 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. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Easel.ly, reviewed here, or Venngage, reviewed here.
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Plan Your Dream Prom - Thinkport

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8 to 12
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Budget and plan for prom with 10 easy questions using this "prom planning" site. It's never too early to start saving! Begin with information on how long there is until ...more
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Budget and plan for prom with 10 easy questions using this "prom planning" site. It's never too early to start saving! Begin with information on how long there is until prom, money you will have, and more. Include projected expenses for a dress, transportation, tickets, food, and more. When complete, the planner will let you know if you are on track to have enough money for your dream prom!

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Use this site as a fun way to explore budgets and financial planning with teens. Allow students to create different scenarios to find a practical approach to budget planning. Use as part of a debate for students to discuss their opinions on the amount to spend on prom expenses. This is a great lesson to do around prom season as part of a math class or consumerism unit. You could also use it with younger students planning for prom a year or more from now! Even though middle schoolers don't have prom, some of them would LOVE dreaming about it.

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Free Online Math Calculators and Converters - easycalculation.com

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8 to 12
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If you need a calculator for almost any situation, look no further than this free resource. Choose from a large assortment of Algebra, Calculus, and Geometry calculators. Other tools...more
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If you need a calculator for almost any situation, look no further than this free resource. Choose from a large assortment of Algebra, Calculus, and Geometry calculators. Other tools include conversions, calendars, cost of living calculators, and countless others (excuse the pun). Find a calculator by browsing the index or use the search bar to find what you need. Be sure to also check out the free online tutorials for several math (and science) topics such as area, algebra, and classic physics.
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tag(s): calculators (42), calendars (46), conversions (24), nutrition (154), statistics (126)

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Be sure to include a link to these calculators on your class website or blog. Use the cost of living calculators as part of Social Studies lessons to compare the cost of living in different areas of the world. Incorporate health calculators into your nutrition or health unit to discover costs of smoking, calories found in food, and body fat calculators. Have students share their findings by creating online posters using Check This (reviewed here).

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Grow For It - North Carolina 4H

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2 to 12
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Grow For It offers lessons and resources for exploring agriculture, natural resources, and insects! Download several different lessons correlated to Common Core and/or North...more
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Grow For It offers lessons and resources for exploring agriculture, natural resources, and insects! Download several different lessons correlated to Common Core and/or North Carolina Standards. Find teaching materials about gardening, insects, and soil erosion. Some lessons offer additional materials not included as part of teacher training, provided by 4H services. However, free materials include detailed lessons and activities worth exploring. Be sure to explore other links for grant opportunities, weekend projects, and a "Plant Geek Pledge."

tag(s): agriculture (58), ecosystems (84), erosion (17), insects (72), natural resources (59), plants (159), soil (18)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans included on the Grow For It site as part of a plant or nutrition unit. Share ideas from the site with parents interested in helping set up a school or classroom garden. Once you have started your garden, have students upload a photo they have taken and add voice bubbles to explain what they learned using a tool such as Superlame, reviewed here. Ask a local 4H leader or Coop Extension Agent to come to your classroom to discuss local plants and gardening ideas.

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National Farm to School Network - Tides Center National Farm to School Network

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K to 12
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The Farm to School Network is a resource connecting schools and local farms. The goal is to serve healthy school meals and offer food-related lessons and experiences. While not all...more
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The Farm to School Network is a resource connecting schools and local farms. The goal is to serve healthy school meals and offer food-related lessons and experiences. While not all schools have a local farm resource, the network offers short, 20 minute webinars available for free viewing at any time. Choose from archived resources such as School Composting Made Easy with FoodCorps and an Edible Schoolyard Project. Many webinars include slides to download to accompany the presentation. Be sure to sign up for the free newsletter to receive updates with new additions to the site.

tag(s): nutrition (154), plants (159)

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View webinars and share with other teachers or PTO/PTA as a resource for setting up and maintaining a school garden. Present the garden information to your school's Parent Teacher Organization as a possible after-school or supplemental activity. Make a school garden to put science into your students' hands.
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