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OK2Ask: Increase Student Achievement and Engagement in Your Classroom with Simulations - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. The authentic nature of simulations can be highly motivating for even your hardest...more
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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session from May 2020, opens in Adobe Connect. The authentic nature of simulations can be highly motivating for even your hardest to reach students. When used properly, instructional simulations can empower student learning, helping students to set goals, seek feedback, and demonstrate what they have learned. Learn to choose simulations that model the relationships between concepts studied. In this session, we will discuss how to best use simulations in the classroom to increase student achievement, allow students to reflect on what they have learned, and transfer their knowledge to new problems and situations. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the value of using simulations in the classroom; 2. Explore instructional simulations; and 3. Plan for the use of simulations in the instructional setting. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.
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MyFitnessPal - Under Armour, Inc.

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MyFitnessPal is basically a food diary; what makes it exceptional is their extensive food database (over 11 million foods) to help you count and keep track of your calorie intake. ...more
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MyFitnessPal is basically a food diary; what makes it exceptional is their extensive food database (over 11 million foods) to help you count and keep track of your calorie intake. You can view nutritional information about each of the food items (sugar, protein, cholesterol, and more). You can also view your total nutrition for the day, for example, 45 grams of sugar and what you have consumed. This app will help you keep track of your physical activity, too. With MyFitnessPal just enter your goal weight and the app will calculate what your daily calorie intake should be. Whenever you eat something, enter it manually or scan a barcode and the program deducts the calories from your total, showing you the calories you have left for the day. Of course, exercising allows you to have a larger total for your calorie intake. Enter your calories burned by exercise and MyFitnessPal will add them back into the total for the day. There is a free tier of service, plus a Premium membership. This review is for the free tier.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (173), fitness (54), nutrition (169)

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Bookmark and share this site with your school's physical education teacher and coaches. Share a link on your class website as information for parents. Include a link to this site on your class website for parent viewing at home. Ask students to upload a photo they have taken when exercising and add an explanation about how this improves physical fitness using a tool such as Add Text, reviewed here. Have students create an online graph using ChartGizmo, reviewed here, to document calorie intake and physical activity over the course of a month. Share this site with older students as part of any health unit, and ask them to create a home health plan based on guidelines provided on the site Shape America, reviewed here.

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Literacy Snack Idea: Three Little Pigs - Primary Playground

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Here's a great idea for a healthy snack and a free printable for consumption while reading The Three Little Pigs or The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. The ...more
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Here's a great idea for a healthy snack and a free printable for consumption while reading The Three Little Pigs or The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. The snack consists of the "building materials" that the three little pigs might use, and suggests that students should explore creating a building before eating them.

tag(s): literacy (109), nutrition (169), preK (283), printables (41)

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Use this cute idea as a follow-up after reading The Three Little Pigs or The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Be sure to take pictures of the "structures" each student made (or a group of students made) to post on your web page. With older students, take this a step further and enhance learning by uploading the pictures (or have students learn to upload them) to a photo editing tool that creates talking animations from a photo or other image such as Blabberize, reviewed here, to explain their structure.
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Kid's Healthy Eating Plate - Harvard - T.H. Chan, School of Public Health

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Find a colorful page and PDF with guidelines for students to learn about the food groups, proper nutrition, and physical activity for staying healthy. The printable PDF comes with all...more
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Find a colorful page and PDF with guidelines for students to learn about the food groups, proper nutrition, and physical activity for staying healthy. The printable PDF comes with all the colors, but can also be downloaded as a coloring activity.

tag(s): fitness (54), nutrition (169), preK (283), printables (41)

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Share this colorful page with students using your interactive whiteboard or projector when introducing any health, nutrition, or Family and Consumer Science lessons or unit. For younger students, and over several class periods, have them color in their blank PDF, as you (or other students) read the text for what that food or that particular picture is about. With younger students, as each individual picture is complete use FlipGrid, reviewed here, as a video response platform for students to share what they learned about that food group. With older students consider setting up a Padlet, reviewed here, for students to brainstorm recipes where the main ingredient comes from a particular food group. Use the Padlet columns feature for organizing the food groups.
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My Plate Match Game - Dairy Council of California

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My Plate Match is an interactive game for students to learn all about nutrition and healthy eating. Students will learn all about the food groups by dragging and dropping the ...more
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My Plate Match is an interactive game for students to learn all about nutrition and healthy eating. Students will learn all about the food groups by dragging and dropping the food items to the appropriate section of their plate. Not only will they learn about the food groups, but they will also learn how to stay active for 60 minutes per day.

tag(s): fitness (54), game based learning (157), nutrition (169)

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Use this interactive as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson about nutrition on a projector or interactive whiteboard. Discuss not only the colors of the food groups but the portions on the plates. Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to enhance learning by having students brainstorm a list of activities, games, and sports they would suggest to be active 60 minutes per day. With Padlet you can create columns for the different types of activities. Post a link on your class website for parents and students to use at home.

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PBS Kids - PBS

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PBS Kids' focus is mainly educational activities and videos for kids in Preschool, Kindergarten, and Primary age students. However, there are a few programs for older students; find...more
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PBS Kids' focus is mainly educational activities and videos for kids in Preschool, Kindergarten, and Primary age students. However, there are a few programs for older students; find them by selecting You Choose. For younger students, select games, videos, and activities about well-known characters like Clifford the Big Red Dog, Arthur, Peg and Cat, Dr. Seuss, and more. Clicking All Games will give you 29 categories to choose from, for example, Team Work, Feelings, Engineering, Spelling, Reading, Healthy Habits, and many more. Click New Games to find topics such as Guess the Feeling, World Orchestra, and others to help familiarize youngsters with flight, trains, counting, and well, you name it, and PBS Kids probably has it!

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (173), game based learning (157), literacy (109), preK (283), video (274)

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Discover and share the many free resources available on PBS Kids. Show clips on your interactive whiteboard, or with your projector, then have students complete an accompanying activity. With younger students, use FlipGrid, reviewed here, as a video response platform for students to share how they would use what they learned by watching the videos or using the interactives. Alternatively, you might try using Synth, reviewed here; Synth is an extremely easy to use tool for creating short audio and video soundbites and automatically pieces together soundbites into threads to share as podcasts. PBS Kids is perfect for sharing with parents. Include a link to activities on your class website along with suggestions on how to use activities at home.

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Teddy Bear Toast - Homeschool Preschool -

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Teddy Bear Toast is just one of the many entertaining ideas you'll find on this site. The pickiest eaters will gobble up this healthy breakfast or snack! Explore this site ...more
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Teddy Bear Toast is just one of the many entertaining ideas you'll find on this site. The pickiest eaters will gobble up this healthy breakfast or snack! Explore this site for free printables and activities and enjoy the many colorful images that represent the activities.

tag(s): crafts (41), nutrition (169), parents (58), preK (283)

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Are you reading a book with bear characters? Are you teaching an animal unit? When you get to the bears, don't forget about Teddy Bear Toast! This snack would be perfect for a simple introduction or culminating activity.

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Banana-Graham Butterfly Snacks - Happy Hooligans - Jackie Currie

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This delightful idea for a healthy snack resides on Happy Hooligans. In addition to this idea, Happy Hooligans has many engaging recipes and ideas for activities. Find crafts and activities...more
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This delightful idea for a healthy snack resides on Happy Hooligans. In addition to this idea, Happy Hooligans has many engaging recipes and ideas for activities. Find crafts and activities for both home and in the classroom. When you need some good ideas for your PreK and primary classrooms, be sure to search through this site!

tag(s): crafts (41), nutrition (169), parents (58), preK (283)

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If you're teaching a butterfly unit or studying insects, this snack is a perfect addition to start identifying the body parts of a butterfly! Since students will be excited to help make their own "butterfly" snack, this snack idea easily converts to an activity; it will take some prep for items that need to be cut. (You might consider asking a parent to help prepare the items ahead of time). Be sure to explore this source for lots of new ideas!

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Coronavirus - BrainPOP

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Get the facts on how coronavirus works, how it spreads, and the best ways to prevent the spread with this video and the related activities from BrainPOP. The video shares ...more
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Get the facts on how coronavirus works, how it spreads, and the best ways to prevent the spread with this video and the related activities from BrainPOP. The video shares information in a matter-of-fact manner without hyperbole or scare tactics. Use the additional tools to create movies, print a graphic organizer and worksheet, and to make a map. Supplementary materials for educators include a standards-based lesson for use with the BrainPOP video and related materials.

tag(s): diseases (77), respiration (18)

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Use the video found on this site and the related materials as a starting point for students to understand the coronavirus and its effects on their community and the country. Incorporate resources from this site as part of a digital learning unit using TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. In addition to materials from BrainPOP include YouTube videos, documents you create, and quizzes. Ask students to demonstrate and enhance their learning using materials such as those found at Class Tools, reviewed here. For example, have students use the Image Annotator, reviewed here, to upload a picture of their learning area and add "hotspots" showing surfaces where the virus might be found. Use the Crossword Generator and ask students to create crosswords to practice vocabulary, or have students use Qwikslides, reviewed here, to create and share a presentation about the coronavirus.
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Communications Resources for Coronavirus - Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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K to 12
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Find fact-based resources directly from the CDC to share with parents and students, available in several languages. Select Print Resources to find and print fact sheets, posters, and...more
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Find fact-based resources directly from the CDC to share with parents and students, available in several languages. Select Print Resources to find and print fact sheets, posters, and infectious disease guides. Choose the video portion of the website to view videos of the latest updates and guidelines from the CDC, including American Sign Language YouTube videos. Other resources available include a coronavirus widget to embed into a website along with additional guidance for travelers and Public Health Communicators.

tag(s): diseases (77)

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Take advantage of the many free, and updated, resources to share factual information about the coronavirus with families on your website. Use the posters and infographics as models, then have students create fact-based communications and information sheets using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, or templates found at Canva Edu, reviewed here. Enhance learning and have students share information with others by creating a website using Carrd, reviewed here, and update it daily with the latest information. Consider extending learning by starting a podcast using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to deliver news regularly. Ask students to write scripts then take on the role of a journalist as they keep your community informed.
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Coronavirus: Multilingual Resources for Schools - Colorin Colorado

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As coronavirus takes hold across the globe, it is vital to keep all families up to date with the latest news and information. Colorin Colorado provides updated information, fact sheets,...more
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As coronavirus takes hold across the globe, it is vital to keep all families up to date with the latest news and information. Colorin Colorado provides updated information, fact sheets, posters, and more for students and families of English Language Learners. Virtually all of the materials shared on the site include English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese versions.
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tag(s): chinese (49), diseases (77), spanish (110)

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Take advantage of the materials available in Spanish or Chinese to share information about the coronavirus with foreign language speaking families in your community. Help families stay up to date with the latest information by creating and sharing a Padlet, reviewed here, with the latest news from all of your resources. Create columns in your Padlet to sort information by the language used or by resources available for students and adult information. Engage all members of the community by using a translator app such as the Microsoft Translator, reviewed here, to converse with parents and share information without language barriers.
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Coronavirus Lesson Plans and Resources - Share My Lesson

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This collection of coronavirus resources provides an excellent starting point for finding lessons, posters, and ideas for remote teaching for all grade levels. Materials include coronavirus...more
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This collection of coronavirus resources provides an excellent starting point for finding lessons, posters, and ideas for remote teaching for all grade levels. Materials include coronavirus facts, history lessons relating to pandemics, and distance learning tips and hints. Choose any link to view a summary of the content, register to gain free access to all teaching materials.

tag(s): diseases (77), hygiene (13), preK (283)

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Be sure to see the many free resources found on this site for use during health lessons. Add the ideas for implementing remote learning to your toolkit of ideas to use for unexpected school shutdowns due to weather, power failure, or any other unforeseen circumstances. Use Wakelet, reviewed here, to create templates for student lessons and responses, then copy the template and edit to fit the needs of your remote lesson. Incorporate the coronavirus lessons into your current health and science lessons to teach students about the spread of disease. Enhance learning by using Google My Maps, reviewed here, for digital storytelling to demonstrate the flow of diseases across the globe. Ask students to use an animated video creation tool like Powtoon, reviewed here, to share their understanding of the spread of disease. Create your video together with younger students, or ask older students to create videos to demonstrate learning.
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The Hand-Washing Challenge - learnalberta.ca

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This site demonstrates how important it is to keep hands clean before different activities. The video of a chef explaining the importance of hand washing precedes several activities....more
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This site demonstrates how important it is to keep hands clean before different activities. The video of a chef explaining the importance of hand washing precedes several activities. After each activity (no interaction here), you select the steps to hand washing.

tag(s): hygiene (13)

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Use this in kindergarten to show students the importance of washing hands after using the restroom or before eating. Keep your classroom healthy this flu season by making hygiene a theme of the week. This would also be good to have on a computer at a center as a reminder to primary grade students. ESL/ELL students will enjoy learning the limited vocabulary that comes with the hand washing steps.
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Understanding Public Health Crises - TeachersFirst

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The potential of a pandemic spread in our schools and among young people is a major concern. TeachersFirst's editors have collected this helpful information for teachers, students,...more
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The potential of a pandemic spread in our schools and among young people is a major concern. TeachersFirst's editors have collected this helpful information for teachers, students, and parents to better understand pandemics, how they spread, and what you can do to stay healthy. We have also included numerous resources sharing ways that teachers are available to help through remote teaching, disseminating correct information, teaching students media literacy, and promoting proper hygiene. Share these resources with your colleagues and families to keep them informed during public health crises.

tag(s): h1n1 (7), hygiene (13), media literacy (86)

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Help your students to stay healthy and avoid fear by sharing the facts and prevention tips in these resources. Share these resources with your colleagues and school parents by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter.

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Coronavirus Resources: Teaching, Learning and Thinking Critically - New York Times and Katherine Schulten

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Stay up to date with the latest information for working, at school or home, using the information found online at the New York Times. Resources include weekly quizzes, writing prompts,...more
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Stay up to date with the latest information for working, at school or home, using the information found online at the New York Times. Resources include weekly quizzes, writing prompts, interactive graphs, and much more. Suggested prompts employ information found on the front page of the newspaper as the starting point for KWL (what you know, want to know, what you learned) charts, and exploration of graphs and charts. Additional activities include questions that promote critical thinking and debate, along with links to resources to use within these debates.

tag(s): diseases (77), Online Learning (14), professional development (228)

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Be sure to bookmark this site as an important resource for lessons about the coronavirus and also as a resource for implementing online teaching activities. Incorporate ideas and activities found on this site into a blended learning system such as ActivelyLearn, reviewed here or TES Teach Blendspace, reviewed here. Both of these sites include features to create remote lessons with text, videos, and quizzes and provide educators instant feedback on student understanding. As students develop an understanding of the effects and makeup of the coronavirus, use the Image Annotator found at Class Tools, reviewed here to upload and label an image sharing their knowledge. For example, have younger students upload a picture of their home, then label different surfaces with a short sentence on how they can spread or receive germs. For older students, ask them to use the Image Annotator to label the different areas found in the community that leads to the spread of disease.
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Teacher Self Care: Resources to Help You Make Time for You - TeachersFirst

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Take time to take care of your emotional health with the tips and resources found in this Wakelet collection for educators engaged in remote teaching. Browse through for easy to ...more
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Take time to take care of your emotional health with the tips and resources found in this Wakelet collection for educators engaged in remote teaching. Browse through for easy to do tips that help you step away from the mental stress of dealing with disruptions to your home and school routines. In addition to many self-care tips, be sure to take a look at the links and videos that support the strategies suggested.

tag(s): mental health (33), professional development (228)

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Incorporate the concept of intentional self-care into your remote learning routine. Choose one or two tips to start with, then return to add new ideas every few days. Use these ideas any time you need a stress reliever. Share this advice with students to help them adjust to new remote learning situations or with stressful events in the classroom.

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Crawford the Cat - Perennial Pictures Film Cooperation

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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 (19), hygiene (13), preK (283), social skills (26)

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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. During times of remote or distance learning, put a link to this site on your class web page for parents and students to use at home, with directions for what you want them to do, of course. Then ask students to create a video response about what they learned using Flipgrid, reviewed here.
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Sports Resources - TeachersFirst

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Explore this editor's choice collection of resources related to sports. This is a perfect list to share during football season, baseball season, the Olympics, or anytime throughout...more
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Explore this editor's choice collection of resources related to sports. This is a perfect list to share during football season, baseball season, the Olympics, or anytime throughout the year. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Don't miss the "In the classroom" ideas for specific projects, activities, lessons, and ideas. There are also additional links to all of TeachersFirst's resources tagged sports, and special topics pages for Olympics and more.

tag(s): baseball (37), olympics (51), sports (101)

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This collection includes resources for all grades. Each review includes several classroom use ideas. These are excellent tools to use to study science, math, and more! Save (or bookmark) this list for students to use to review tough concepts. Explore the activities suggested.

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SciGirls Connect! - Twin Cities Public Television

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3 to 12
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SciGirls Connect! provides resources to connect and encourage girls to engage in STEM (Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology) activities including videos, interactives, and hands-on...more
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SciGirls Connect! provides resources to connect and encourage girls to engage in STEM (Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology) activities including videos, interactives, and hands-on activities. Browse the site to find resources divided into topics including technology, role-model profiles, and various science themes. Additional information provides resources for teachers including participation and lesson guides. SciGirls Connect! places a heavy emphasis on providing resources in Spanish, these include Latina role-models and Spanish versions of most content.

tag(s): animal homes (68), animals (323), careers (152), earth (224), engineering (131), environment (316), graphic design (42), heart (41), nutrition (169), space (233), spanish (110), STEM (217)

In the Classroom

Bookmark SciGirls Connect! as a resource for finding interesting classroom activities for both girls and boys. Consider creating an after-school club for girls to explore different STEM careers and activities; if possible, bring in female STEM leaders from your community to help host the club or provide ongoing activities and support. Encourage the use of technology by incorporating and embedding digital tools throughout your STEM lessons. For example, instead of asking students to take notes using pencil and paper, use Google Docs or Microsoft Word. As students continue through their learning activities, use editing tools in these office products to add comments, images, and additional information. Be sure to demonstrate how to view editing changes to your students so that they can look back and reflect on their work throughout the process. Encourage your students to reflect upon their work both during individual activities and throughout the year with the use of a digital portfolio tool like Seesaw, reviewed here. Use Seesaw to create individual accounts for students to take pictures, add video, and add written commentary as part of their reflection and assessment of activities. Really enhance student learning and technology use by letting them become the teacher. Extend learning and technology use by asking students to create podcasts using Anchor, reviewed here, to teach others about concepts in science and technology, or share information about STEM careers. In addition to podcasts, you can also extend technology use and learning by asking students to use a video explainer tool like Biteable, reviewed here, to demonstrate and share the procedures of experiments.
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Whole Kids Foundation - Kids Club - Whole Kids Foundation

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K to 6
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Follow the Whole Kids Foundation Kids Club for monthly activities encouraging kids and families to eat healthily and live healthy lifestyles. Each month the site shares downloadable...more
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Follow the Whole Kids Foundation Kids Club for monthly activities encouraging kids and families to eat healthily and live healthy lifestyles. Each month the site shares downloadable make, eat, and read projects. Select any month from the yearly calendar to choose from the provided offerings. Also, the Kids Club includes several other downloads for coloring pages, nutrition lessons, and book club activities.

tag(s): book lists (130), nutrition (169)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the many free resources and downloads to include with any nutrition unit. Be sure to check out the Book Club activities that coordinate with popular children's literature. Before beginning your unit, use a quiz tool like Bamboozle, reviewed here to assess student knowledge or use Bamboozle as a review tool at the end of your unit. Have students create their own healthy living book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Ask students to include sample menus, videos sharing healthy living tips, and photographs they take sharing items made using templates from the Kids Club.
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