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No Name-Calling Week - GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

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K to 12
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Are you looking for some "fresh" ideas to put an end to bullying in your classroom but are not sure where or how to start? Well, you are in the ...more
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Are you looking for some "fresh" ideas to put an end to bullying in your classroom but are not sure where or how to start? Well, you are in the right place. This web site brings attention to No Name-Calling Week: an annual week of realistic educational activities designed to end all types of name-calling. No Name-Calling Week was inspired by the young adult novel, The Misfits, and presents an opportunity to address bullying as an increasingly, ongoing issue. Whether you are a teacher, student, administrator, counselor, or parent, there is an abundance of useful ideas, activities, and materials for elementary, middle, and high schools to promote anti-bullying awareness, and they are all free!

tag(s): bullying (56), character education (68), sports (92), tolerance (9)

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Use the resources from this web site to plan and implement lessons that students will relate to, and help to bring an end to harmful name-calling and "dissing." Select some of the many safe Web 2.0 tools reviewed by TeachersFirst Edge, such as Automotivator, reviewed here for extending learning and designing digital posters that can be printed, or PhotoPeach, reviewed here, for creating a digital slideshow that includes music, captions, and more. Alternatively, create comic strips: First have students create a rough draft of their comic using Printable Comic Strip Templates, reviewed here. then use the online comic creator Make Beliefs Comix, reviewed here, to drive home the message that bullying is never a laughing matter.
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Kid's Health - MEDtropolis

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3 to 12
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Kids Health by MEDtropolis is a one stop shop for kid friendly information about health and other biological issues. This site has a ton of things to do for kids ...more
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Kids Health by MEDtropolis is a one stop shop for kid friendly information about health and other biological issues. This site has a ton of things to do for kids and it is easy to read. It is divided into sections for parents, kids (from ages 8 to 12), and teens. Each section is full of information, activities, games, and interactive modules that have associated quizzes. Note that the teen section does include information on birth control, STDs, and other issues. Make sure the content is aligned with your school policies before sharing in class.

tag(s): myplate (26), nutrition (163)

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Try using this website in health class to teach about healthy eating. Or, use this in family consumer science for teens to have students find their own recipes to make in class. Have students evaluate the recipes based on standard nutritional and health guidelines. Assign cooperative learning groups a certain segment of this website and have the groups create multimedia presentations. Have students create podcasts using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here).
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One Hundred Push-Ups - Steve Speirs

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5 to 12
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This dandy idea is a clear and concise weekly program to enhance general physical fitness through push-ups. Reading the site is easy; however, beware of some agitating advertisements...more
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This dandy idea is a clear and concise weekly program to enhance general physical fitness through push-ups. Reading the site is easy; however, beware of some agitating advertisements sprinkled through-out the pages of this site. This would be great for health teachers, physical education teachers, and even school wide health initiatives or challenges. Included on this website are links for two hundred squats, twenty five sit-ups, and twenty-five pull ups. If push-ups are the place you want to start, or if you would like to offer a choice in fitness challenges, these links are worth checking out as alternatives for the teacher running the class or the students' choice. The important thing is to motivate their health with the technology that they already enjoy.

tag(s): human body (123)

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Introduce this program as part of a journal activity in health class. Have students do the initial test in class and then the first workout together. Have students read the introductory how and why pages. Have students check in on each other for form and honesty purposes, and record their workouts, thoughts, and experiences throughout the challenge weeks. Why not create a class workout wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Do the final test at the end. Fitness prizes such as free passes to the community or school pool or free passes to school athletic events may be a good idea if you can get your district involved on that level. It is worth a try! Districts that are currently pushing for wellness and physical fitness of students and staff should embrace this type of challenge. So to even the playing field for different levels of fitness that students start at, have the "winners" be the biggest percent gain.

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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 (26), nutrition (163)

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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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Cool Food Planet - European Food Information Council (EUFIC)

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This European site features nutrition information in interactive format for two age groups: Kidz (ages 6-12) and ADOZ (ages 13-19). The KIDZ area features topics such as "Brain Food,"...more
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This European site features nutrition information in interactive format for two age groups: Kidz (ages 6-12) and ADOZ (ages 13-19). The KIDZ area features topics such as "Brain Food," "Nutrition Quiz," "Body Fit," "Safe Food," and "What's a Label?" The ADOZ section delves deeper into the same topics and more, including "Emotions and Eating" and "Food Myths." The nutrition information included in the site is from EUFIC but closely parallels comparable literature from the USDA and other US agencies. There is a "School and Parents" section with teacher's guides and background information about the site. You may want to turn down your speakers to avoid the intro music in each area. If you have speakers of European languages other than English, return to the coolfood home to select a different "flag" for another language.

tag(s): nutrition (163), obesity (15)

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Share the interactive quizzes and activities on an interactive whiteboard or projector to spark interest and assess prior knowledge at the start of your nutrition unit. Have student groups investigate food myths, facts, and more, then create their own online "Infoodmation" posters using a tool such as Easel.ly, reviewed here. Or have students create visual menus for balanced eating on a class wiki. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Watch Know Learn - Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi

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K to 12
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What is Watch Know? Short for "You Watch, You Know," it provides explanations for students. Finding bits of information to help students can be frustrating as resources are disorganized...more
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What is Watch Know? Short for "You Watch, You Know," it provides explanations for students. Finding bits of information to help students can be frustrating as resources are disorganized on the web and may be hard to find." Watch Know" is a free site that organizes small video clips to help with the understanding of a variety of topics in subject areas. Search by age (3-18+). You can click and drag the age filter to the youngest and oldest ages to include. Videos are also organized by sequence of topics taught. The site is an ongoing project with input from educators and organizations interested in education of children. Registration is not required to view the videos. Creating and saving videos to the site, as well as commenting, require registration. You can monitor site recent changes and additions using the "Change Log."

tag(s): computers (107), crafts (40), decimals (125), environment (289), ethics (22), fractions (230), holidays (138), scientific method (66), video (256), vocabulary development (99), writing (310)

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Search for videos relevant to your upcoming units or share the link with older students to search on their own. Use clips as engaging openings to units or as a review at the end. Have students identify the main points in the video and relate it back to class information. Students can use the examples on the site to create their own videos about a topic they have studied that could be beneficial to others.

If you do join the site to submit videos (for more adventurous technology users), we recommend uploading, commenting, and participating in the project (the creation and growth of WatchKnow) as a whole-class collaborative activity. If your students create videos, critique them locally before submitting them to the site as the "bests" from your class.

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Official Website of the Olympic Movement - Olympic.org

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2 to 12
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This website offers a one-stop destination to all of your Olympic information. There are links across the top to learn about the athletes, sports, countries, and even a media player...more
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This website offers a one-stop destination to all of your Olympic information. There are links across the top to learn about the athletes, sports, countries, and even a media player offering video clips and more. At the time of this review the media player had over 1,000 videos and nearly 10,000 photographs! This is an excellent site for research about the Olympics (both summer and winter). There is also a link to go back and learn about the past 46 Olympic games. Although there are no "student" or "classroom" links, this site truly has something for everyone: maps and geography, science behind the sports, research about events and countries, athete information, and more.

tag(s): olympics (47)

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The possibilities at this website are endless. Use your interactive whiteboard or projector to share the MANY videos, information about the athletes, and many other activities. Use the site for research purposes about specific athletes or sports. Have students create multimedia presentations about events, athletes, or countries using this site. Create a class Olympics Wiki! Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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Go For The Gold - Scholastic

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This website (originally created for the 2004 Olympics, and updated in 2008and 2010) offers a great deal of information on the Olympics. Specific highlights include "In my Backyard,"...more
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This website (originally created for the 2004 Olympics, and updated in 2008and 2010) offers a great deal of information on the Olympics. Specific highlights include "In my Backyard," "History of the Games," "More to Explore," and "Get in the Game." There are also links to a Teachers Guide (with lesson plans for grades K-10 and standards), related booklists, interactive activities, and more. Although this site is slightly dated, it does contain some excellent information on the origin and history of the Olympics. Also, the "In The News" section is no longer updated.

tag(s): china (62), olympics (47)

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If you are bringing the Olympics into your classroom, incorporate the many ideas at this website into your lessons. There are lesson plans ready to go (and divided by grade level). Try the interactive "It's All Greek To Me" together on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Use this site for research about the history of the Olympics, politics and the Olympics, and other pertinent topics.
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Create Your Own Classroom Olympic Games - Education World

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3 to 12
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This creative lesson plan challenges students to participate in their own version of the Olympics. Students choose which activities they want to "try their hand at" and are required...more
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This creative lesson plan challenges students to participate in their own version of the Olympics. Students choose which activities they want to "try their hand at" and are required to keep score. Some of the classroom Olympic "sports" include Speedy Spelling, Tongue-Twister Tournament, The Math Meet, and several others. The lesson plan includes descriptions of all sports and standards. This site was last updated in 2008, but the activities are applicable during any year.

tag(s): measurement (168), olympics (47), sports (92), statistics (129)

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Bring the Olympics into your classroom. Share these "ready to go" sports with your students. Then have students try to invent their own Olympic games to share with the class. Why not video and share the Olympics using a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here.

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Olympic Sports - Myvocabulary.com

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

tag(s): olympics (47), sports (92), vocabulary (254)

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Share the puzzles on your interactive whiteboard or projector or make them available as links on your teacher public page. Have students (or groups) create their own illustrated dictionaries of terms using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. As you add more vocabulary lists during the year, have them select their favorite 6-10 terms from each list to add to their "book."

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The President's Challenge

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Dating back to the 1950's, The President's Challenge is a motivating program that promotes physical activity to all Americans. Students take a pledge to do 30 minutes of activity, five...more
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Dating back to the 1950's, The President's Challenge is a motivating program that promotes physical activity to all Americans. Students take a pledge to do 30 minutes of activity, five times per week for six weeks. The website provides a log for students to record their activity and length of time. Once they have completed their six week challenge, they can submit their logs and earn rewards such as bronze, silver and gold medals and The President's Challenge badges. The site also provides a list of activities to choose from and information on the importance of physical fitness. Although the site mentions "Log-In," at the time of this review all features of the site were available without having to log-in.

tag(s): fitness (53)

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Challenge your individual classroom, school, or entire district to try The President's Challenge. Have younger students partner with older students to create a team affect. Classroom competitions such as jump rope contests, push-ups contests or silly relays can be loads of fun. Maintain statistics and results on the classroom homepage or district wide homepage. Students can record and maintain data on spreadsheets and present their findings with bar graphs and pictographs. Create a "Get Fit Wik" - a wiki for students to write about their weekly activities. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Provide this link on your class website for families to explore together.
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P.A.C.E. Trek 2009: An Adventure in Alaska - Paul James Staso

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Ready or not - PACE Trek 2009 is coming soon. This challenge (created by a former 5th grade teacher), encourages students to get fit while virtually "racing" Paul James Staso. ...more
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Ready or not - PACE Trek 2009 is coming soon. This challenge (created by a former 5th grade teacher), encourages students to get fit while virtually "racing" Paul James Staso. The PACE Trek 2009 is FREE and open to school groups of all ages (or individuals). The challenge runs from April 20, 2009 to May 12, 2009. And this year, students can learn about Alaska during this challenge! Students will encounter the Arctic Circle, Canada's border, glaciers, Denali National Park, Alaskan wildlife, native villages, vast wilderness, and more. The website provides specific details and requirements for students in elementary, middle, and high school.

The PACE Trek 2009 challenge all began because of a promise that Paul James Staso made to his daughter's 5th grade class. Mr. Staso promised that he would run solo across the United States. During the summer of 2006, Mr. Staso ran the 3,260 miles that he had promised. There is a video included at the website that highlights his journey. Since then, Paul James Staso has begun to challenge students to get fit (and he even teaches geography during the trek). This website requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): alaska (26), fitness (53)

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For the PACE Trek 2009, classes need to walk or run every day during the 17-day challenge. This totals no more than 10-minutes per day. Registration is free. Click on your age group to read overall curriculum goals, expectations, and to register your "team". Why not include the challenge as a joint project between your Health/P.E. classes and geography curriculum?

Mr. Staso will also teach about the geography of Alaska as he travels. What a wonderful way to get your students excited about exercise. Now, get going!
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Ballparks of Baseball

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Here is a tribute to baseball as an essential part of American culture. Learn everything you every wanted to know about each of the Major League ballparks, from seating charts ...more
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Here is a tribute to baseball as an essential part of American culture. Learn everything you every wanted to know about each of the Major League ballparks, from seating charts to attendance figures, to the history behind former ballparks, you'll find it here. The site does include some minor advertisements. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (35), sports (92)

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Gearing up for baseball season? Share this site with your students in history, physical education, or other relevant classes.
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Baseball and Jackie Robinson: Early Baseball Pictures - Library of Congress

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Baseball and history fans will love this Library of Congress site with historical pictures that trace the heritage of our nation's pastime. Each page of pictures provides the historical...more
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Baseball and history fans will love this Library of Congress site with historical pictures that trace the heritage of our nation's pastime. Each page of pictures provides the historical context for the shot. The site also has a special presentation on Jackie Robinson and his historic breaking of baseball's color line.

tag(s): africa (155), african american (104), baseball (35)

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Share these authentic pictures with your students! Use this site to teach about baseball history, African-American history, and more.

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Life Expectancy Calculator - Peter Russell

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7 to 12
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Complete a quick exam to determine your virtual age and individual life expectancy. Watch the ages change with every answer. Nearly all answers SHOULD be known by students. The cholesterol...more
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Complete a quick exam to determine your virtual age and individual life expectancy. Watch the ages change with every answer. Nearly all answers SHOULD be known by students. The cholesterol and blood pressure levels may need to be determined as part of the "at home" portion of this lesson.

Be certain that students know this site provides information, but is mainly for fun. Discuss how someone can change their life expectancy and add more years to their life. The site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Use the quiz to identify factors that affect virtual age and life expectancy. What terrific way to launch your health unit! Use this list as starters for research and discussion in the classroom. Create newsletters or blog posts that outline steps to increasing health and longevity. Analyze family members or student body to determine factors that affect most people. Create a campaign to increase the health of those in your family, school, or community.
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TeachersFirst: Lesson Ideas for Lincoln - TeachersFirst

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For Lincoln's birthday or any time of year, here are ideas to better acquaint students with the life, times, and work of the 16th president of the United States. These ...more
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For Lincoln's birthday or any time of year, here are ideas to better acquaint students with the life, times, and work of the 16th president of the United States. These ideas feature both technology-enhanced lessons and non-tech experiences. Choose from the lesson titles (sorted by level) to find lesson ideas best suited to your students and the subjects you teach.

tag(s): civil war (143), debate (43), lincoln (71), presidents (127)

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No matter what subject you teach, you can find something to fit in your plans for Presidents Day or the Lincoln Bicentennial. Use these ideas and adapt at will. You can even email an idea to your teacher colleague to save a friend time!

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HeartPoint - HeartPoint

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HeartPoint has created this site that takes a creative approach to teaching students (and adults) about the heart, heart functions, and heart problems. Highlights include "Foods You...more
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HeartPoint has created this site that takes a creative approach to teaching students (and adults) about the heart, heart functions, and heart problems. Highlights include "Foods You Will Love" and "Health Tips". Be sure to visit the "HeartPoint Gallery" for detailed pictures, descriptions and other information.

tag(s): heart (40), nutrition (163)

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FCS and health teachers can use this site for student research or scavenger hunts about the heart. The recipe section would be great for FCS classes learning to plan healthy menus. Health/PE classes studying life habits and disease will find lots of information on cardiac conditions and prevention.

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EnviroMysteries - Maryland Public Television

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This must-see site, created by Maryland Public Television, offers some excellent interactive activities and lesson plans all about environmental mysteries (asthma triggers, causes of...more
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This must-see site, created by Maryland Public Television, offers some excellent interactive activities and lesson plans all about environmental mysteries (asthma triggers, causes of cancer, food contamination, water borne illness, and others). An excellent addition to a science, health, or physical education class, this site discusses the importance of exercise, effects of mold, how food can get contaminated, and more. The site includes a link for Inside Stories that includes interactive stories about four environmental mysteries (all involving the fictional gym: Reps). The lesson plans include national standards in science, health, language arts, math, and working with others. Lesson ideas are geared for middle grades but could easily be adapted for early high school. They also have video "tie-ins," and lots of details. Some of the activities require Flash and Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Share the Inside Stories on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Or have students work with a partner to navigate the stories. Have students offer a solution at the end of the story. Check out the ready to go lesson plans. Have your students do research about environmental illnesses and extend their learning by creating a wiki or blog discussing the causes and solutions. Use a blog too like Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. Strenghthen learning by having your students create video clips using Clipchamp, reviewed here, or a podcast using Anchor, reviewed here, about these and other environmental mysteries. Upload the videos to YouTube or TeacherTube (explained here).
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Electric Heart - PBS

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Take anatomy and physiology to the next level with heart surgery! Students use a virtual "scalpel" and step-by-step assistance by a surgeon guiding the process to complete heart transplant...more
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Take anatomy and physiology to the next level with heart surgery! Students use a virtual "scalpel" and step-by-step assistance by a surgeon guiding the process to complete heart transplant surgery. In the virtual Nova operating theatre, students are walked through straightforward procedures. Obviously, in real life it is much different, but by the end students have a general idea of the procedures and steps involved. Assistance through the procedure provides directions and prevents mistakes in the procedure. Site requires shockwave plug-in which is available on the site. Many districts block others from installing programs on district computers. Check with your IT department for assistance in obtaining Shockwave, if you do not already have it (try it to see!). You can also get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): heart (40)

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Use information learned in dissection or an anatomy and physiology unit to use the material in a different way. Students can name and describe the functions of the parts of the heart as they perform the transplant. Identify the vessels and other connecting material leading from the heart. Use this activity to compare hearts with other animals for similarities and differences. Use it as part of a study of healthy exercise and the cardio-vascular system in your health/Phys Ed class.
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Health Assist - HealthAssist.net

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Confused about the information and myths about health and nutrition? Use this site to gain valuable information about a wide variety of topics. Find articles in categories such as "Food,"...more
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Confused about the information and myths about health and nutrition? Use this site to gain valuable information about a wide variety of topics. Find articles in categories such as "Food," "Health Conditions," "Remedies and Therapies," "Health Tips," "Health Products," and "Tools and Lists." View a "Tip of the Day," "Latest Articles," "Interesting Health Facts," and "Latest Health News." Click on the abstract of an article of your choice to read the entire article. Sources and References are included.

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Students can brainstorm health and nutrition concerns among their class and then work in groups to obtain information and dispel myths. Students can survey their class or school to obtain information on what students their age know. Have groups present information to the class learned through the survey and research on the site. Additionally, students can create a newsletter for the class, school, or community or publish information to a wiki or blog. Students can also create a goal for personal wellness and health. Their action plan can use relevant facts and information from this site. For example, students can research TV viewing habits, habits that can make a person fat, and identifying unhealthy food.

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