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Bibliotherapy: Using Children's Books to Address Children's Problems - Steve Barancik

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K to 8
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This simple site includes booklists to help children dealing with difficult situations, such as divorce, death, disabilities, and alcoholism. There are also tips on do's and don'ts...more
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This simple site includes booklists to help children dealing with difficult situations, such as divorce, death, disabilities, and alcoholism. There are also tips on do's and don'ts of using bibliotherapy with children. The booklists themselves may be helpful for a librarian or classroom teacher to make recommendations to students. Guidance counselors will appreciate having a place to go to make recommendations to parents, as well. The site author, though not himself a psychologist, has actually compiled these lists from multiple sources, including reputable libraries and professional groups.

tag(s): book lists (126)

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Virtual Knee Replacement - Edheads

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7 to 12
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Learn about the anatomy of the knee and how doctors perform knee surgery through this online simulation. It even includes a separate section with actual photographs for the strong-stomach...more
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Learn about the anatomy of the knee and how doctors perform knee surgery through this online simulation. It even includes a separate section with actual photographs for the strong-stomach crowd. The animated movie has the option to display subtitles (for the hearing impaired or computers without speakers) and stops to ask questions all along the way. The activities are correlated to Ohio and National standards. Teach about scientific inquiry using the section where you select the correct prosthetic knee device. Not only is this site an interesting look at a science topic for biology, anatomy, or physiology classes, it also provides a view into medical careers.

tag(s): careers (132), inquiry (37), medicine (67), olympics (47)

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Share this site as a real-world extension of a biology class on anatomical structures or in a career exploration activity. Students can navigate on their own computers or access the site from your teacher web page for use outside of class. Guidance counselors may want to include it among career links they offer to middle and high school students. Use this site during the Olympic games to discuss injuries that athletes may endure.
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Quintessential Careers - Quintessential Careers

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7 to 12
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A thorough site on planning for a career. Includes timelines, options, many links to different career paths and college planning resources, even a cover letter generator. the site does...more
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A thorough site on planning for a career. Includes timelines, options, many links to different career paths and college planning resources, even a cover letter generator. the site does have some advertising, but it is tolerable (turn on your pop-up blocker). Special Education teachers working with students on transition planning will also find this site helpful in providing a structured approach.

tag(s): careers (132), college (43), financial aid (12)

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Mark this one in the Favorites on a classroom computer or make it available for students to use independently after you share it for basic navigation tips. You may even want to assign certain tasks on the site as part of your careers unit.

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Mindzone - Annenberg Foundation Trust

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9 to 12
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Mindzone offers teens a look at mental health that's based on taking a good look at themselves. There are sections on identifying personal strengths, spotting warning signs, both personally...more
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Mindzone offers teens a look at mental health that's based on taking a good look at themselves. There are sections on identifying personal strengths, spotting warning signs, both personally and among friends, and exploring the hows and whys of all the emotions common in these years. There are also plenty of opportunities to explore further.

tag(s): mental health (26)

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Hurricane Preparedness - National Weather Service

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4 to 12
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Designed for National Hurricane Preparedness Week, this site offers extensive resources to help students and their parents plan ahead in case they find themselves in the path of a hurricane....more
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Designed for National Hurricane Preparedness Week, this site offers extensive resources to help students and their parents plan ahead in case they find themselves in the path of a hurricane. There are also extensive descriptions of storm surge, inland flooding, wind damage, and other phenomena associated with these storms.

tag(s): hurricanes (35), safety (92)

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If your community is in an area that can be affected by tropical storms, the content in these pages can be invaluable - whether as part of a science, health, or current events class.

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Out on Limb - University of Illinois

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2 to 4
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Learning how to manage conflicts successfully is a crucial skill for students of all ages. This gentle and nurturing site combines multimedia elements with interactive activities to...more
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Learning how to manage conflicts successfully is a crucial skill for students of all ages. This gentle and nurturing site combines multimedia elements with interactive activities to create a safe and entertaining "place" for elementary students to experiment with a variety of coping skills and approaches. Through the character of "Maria" and her friends, students can learn effective ways to respond to and resolve uncomfortable confrontations without walking away or fighting. Includes downloadable worksheets. Headphones needed.

tag(s): conflict resolution (8)

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Save this site as a favorite on classroom computers, and have students peruse the website individually. The most effective use would be to have students with behavior problems or aggression to examine it individually. Some of the content is a little corny, but it does get some very important points across. For a guarantee students were paying attention, have them complete some of the printable worksheets that accompany the website after viewing the presentation.
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SAT Math Pro - Colleen King

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10 to 12
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Help students prepare for the math portion of the SAT with this collection of more than 125 video lessons, interactive practice modules, timed quizzes, and tips on taking the test....more
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Help students prepare for the math portion of the SAT with this collection of more than 125 video lessons, interactive practice modules, timed quizzes, and tips on taking the test. The free site, created by a math teacher and SAT instructor, is excellent for independent, self-paced practice.

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SAT Preparation

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10 to 12
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Help students prepare for the vocabulary section of the SAT with this interactive practice test. More than 3,000 multiple choice items, organized into 21 groups, are included along...more
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Help students prepare for the vocabulary section of the SAT with this interactive practice test. More than 3,000 multiple choice items, organized into 21 groups, are included along with a database browser that enables students to display and print the questions and correct answers. Requires FLASH.

tag(s): test prep (96)

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Grammy in the Schools - Grammy Foundation

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6 to 12
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There are many ways to build a career in music. This site from the Grammy Foundation is dedicated to helping talented students find career opportunities, and to helping schools develop...more
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There are many ways to build a career in music. This site from the Grammy Foundation is dedicated to helping talented students find career opportunities, and to helping schools develop programs to encourage budding musicians. There are grant resources, career ideas, commentary from successful musicians, and lots more. Music teachers should keep this one in their favorites. REQUIRES FLASH!

tag(s): careers (132)

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Keep it Real - South Carolina Educational Television Commission

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9 to 12
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This site bravely tackles some of the serious issues faced by teens who engage in inappropriate, risk-taking behavior. Click on "Real Choices" for a series of interactive videos that...more
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This site bravely tackles some of the serious issues faced by teens who engage in inappropriate, risk-taking behavior. Click on "Real Choices" for a series of interactive videos that involve students in real-life decision making and allow them to see the consequences of their choices. The "Keep it Reel" feature, a collection of short films produced by teens, focuses on some common problems experienced by young people and provides suggestions for coping with them. Warning: the "What is Trauma?" link contains some graphic images, so use with caution.

tag(s): adolescence (11), sequences (16)

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Kids and Teens Action without Borders - Action Without Borders

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3 to 12
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This site presents thoughtful and inspiring ways for kids to take an active role in improving the community around them. Click on the "Take a Lead" link for practical ways ...more
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This site presents thoughtful and inspiring ways for kids to take an active role in improving the community around them. Click on the "Take a Lead" link for practical ways to turn your ideas into reality. Plenty of real-life examples are provided, but some creative brainstorming in your classroom is a must. Dozens of lesson plans, covering everything from environmental issues to economics and human rights are provided in the "For Teachers" section.

tag(s): civil rights (117)

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Introduce this site in a civics or government course in order to show students how important political awareness and activism can be - and how they can get involved. Dependent on your class, it may not be important to advocate that they join the cause - but more introduce it and let them know that they can. This might be better at the end of a civics course, culminating all the information they have learned thus far and showing a practical application of it.

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Disabilities Studies for Teachers - Syracuse University

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6 to 12
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Help your students to develop awareness, understanding and acceptance of individuals with disabilities. This searchable site offers a series of lesson plans and materials that can be...more
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Help your students to develop awareness, understanding and acceptance of individuals with disabilities. This searchable site offers a series of lesson plans and materials that can be easily integrated into secondary social studies, history, and literature curricula. Strategies for using differentiated instruction are also included.

tag(s): disabilities (20)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and activities offered in this site! This would be a great resource for History or English classes!

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High School: the Big Kahuna - Castleworks, Inc.

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6 to 8
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Help your middle school students feel a bit more confident about entering high school with this kid-friendly site that addresses many common fears and anxieties. Topics include "Getting...more
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Help your middle school students feel a bit more confident about entering high school with this kid-friendly site that addresses many common fears and anxieties. Topics include "Getting Prepared," "Bigger, Faster, More," "Small Fish Again," and "Get Extra-Curricular!" A printable journal page offers a structured way for kids to record their feelings and questions, while a reading list of adolescent fiction provides great suggestions for those who want to read more about the topic.

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Are Colleges Still Affordable? - PBS

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10 to 12
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Students in second-year algebra and beyond can answer this pressing question in a lesson that introduces a mathematical model comparing the cost of education to potential earnings....more
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Students in second-year algebra and beyond can answer this pressing question in a lesson that introduces a mathematical model comparing the cost of education to potential earnings. Students are challenged to determine if the investment is a good one. The reality of real-life debt is encountered as students compute the amount that must be repaid each year for the life of the loan and check out starting salaries of target careers. A discussion component asks students to critique the model and discuss other factors that should be taken into consideration. This is a thought-provoking, authentic application of math skills

tag(s): careers (132), college (43), financial aid (12)

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Inside the Teenage Brain - PBS Frontline

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7 to 12
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Why do adolescents behave the way they do? It is a puzzling mystery that continues to frustrate parents, teachers AND teens! This site delves into the recesses of the ...more
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Why do adolescents behave the way they do? It is a puzzling mystery that continues to frustrate parents, teachers AND teens! This site delves into the recesses of the teenage brain to provide scientific explanations for many exasperating behaviors. Interactive maps of the brain are supplemented with clear and informative explanations. Advice and online activities can help adults interact more successfully with this very unique population! Refer parents to this site, use in class to help teens better understand themselves, or explore it yourself for some enlightening ideas on improving teen communication in the classroom! Shockwave required for some features of the site. Developed by Frontline (PBS)

tag(s): adolescence (11), brain (72)

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Eat Your Vegetables - NIH

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4 to 12
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The National Institutes of Health offers this site containing lots of resources to encourage folks to eat vegetables in appropriate quantities. While the subject may not be popular...more
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The National Institutes of Health offers this site containing lots of resources to encourage folks to eat vegetables in appropriate quantities. While the subject may not be popular with young people, health and nutrition teachers will find a number of resources that can be used to help students make more intelligent choices about the foods they eat.

tag(s): nutrition (154)

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End of Life Decisions - National Public Radio

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9 to 12
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National Public Radio's coverage of the legal and ethical issues surrounding "right to die" cases examines the rights of patients and the responsibilities of relatives, the state, and...more
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National Public Radio's coverage of the legal and ethical issues surrounding "right to die" cases examines the rights of patients and the responsibilities of relatives, the state, and health care providers. Grappling with the, "Who decides?" question may be troubling for some students, but can be a thought-provoking process.

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Alzheimer's Resources for Students - Alzheimer's Association

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6 to 12
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The aging American population increases the probability that a student will have a family member or acquaintance suffering from Alzheimer's. Because it affects the personality, this...more
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The aging American population increases the probability that a student will have a family member or acquaintance suffering from Alzheimer's. Because it affects the personality, this disease can be frightening or confusing to young people. These pages help teens and children better understand what this disease is and why its victims behave in the way they do. Preview before using.

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Career One Stop - Department of Labor

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6 to 12
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We have yet to find a definitive career planning web site, but this offering from the US Departments of Labor and Education does a nice job of helping students sort ...more
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We have yet to find a definitive career planning web site, but this offering from the US Departments of Labor and Education does a nice job of helping students sort out career options by both industry and education level. There's also a listing of which industries are growing most rapidly. While the site include many professions requiring a 4-year degree, job titles like engineer, physician, and attorney that require the most training are curiously absent.

tag(s): careers (132), college (43)

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National Runaway Safeline

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6 to 12
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National Runaway Safeline's tagline is "Keeping America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets." Find important information for students, parents, counselors,...more
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National Runaway Safeline's tagline is "Keeping America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets." Find important information for students, parents, counselors, and anyone else who works with young people who have run away (or may be thinking about doing so) and their families. In addition to location and confidential contact services, the site offers a wealth of resources for both families and young people. This is a quiet problem whose dimensions are far larger than many realize. The site includes resources for homelessness, as well.

tag(s): behavior (46)

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Check out the "Let's Talk" free runaway prevention curriculum for lessons you can use for specific situations or concerns.

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