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The Giving Tree Lesson - TeachersFirst

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2 to 8
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A Christmas gift from one of our own staff, this lesson based on Shel Silverstein's book The Giving Tree is sure to get you students thinking about the Christmas spirit. ...more
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A Christmas gift from one of our own staff, this lesson based on Shel Silverstein's book The Giving Tree is sure to get you students thinking about the Christmas spirit. We're also offering a place for you to share your students' responses on TeachersFirst's own giving tree.

tag(s): christmas (66)

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This lesson can be adapted for use in language arts class with students of varying ability levels in grades 2 - 8. This lesson is also well-suited to a multi-age activity with "big buddies" and "little buddies" from upper and lower grades working together. School counselors and emotional support teachers may find this activity helpful for small groups working on social skills, as well.

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Jump$tart Financial Smarts for Students - Jumpstart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy

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7 to 12
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Help students develop personal financial literacy as a real-world connection to your curriculum. At this site, teens take a quiz to find out their background, financial needs, and monthly...more
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Help students develop personal financial literacy as a real-world connection to your curriculum. At this site, teens take a quiz to find out their background, financial needs, and monthly expenditures. The next page shows users how much money they need to earn to fulfill just their basic needs. The calculator breaks the amount needed to earnings per hour times how many hours per week they'd need to work. It also displays a breakdown of what types of employment would yield the desired amount. Of course, the site also shows that the more educated one is, the better the wages.

tag(s): money (190)

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Have students navigate the quiz and scenarios on laptops or in a lab-- or even as homework-- as part of you unit on life after high school or career planning. There is more teacher information and an explanation of standards available in the drop-down menus.

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The Trained Actor - Jonathan Nail

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10 to 12
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This begins with an explanation about why students should attend a university to study acting and theatre. It offers links to many sites beyond this one, but just using this ...more
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This begins with an explanation about why students should attend a university to study acting and theatre. It offers links to many sites beyond this one, but just using this one gives very practical information from a professional actor (and someone who has a B.F.A. in theatre) about auditioning, choosing monologues, etc.

tag(s): college (48)

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Depending on the maturity and motivation of your students, this site has information directly for them, or information you can adapt for your own teaching about the topics covered. This is an excellent site for those who actually teach drama to aspiring actors due to its practical nature. Coupled with several of the monologue sites, this gives many lessons of training and practice for those young actors.

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Television Production - Ron Whittaker, Ph.D.

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A Free, Interactive Course in Studio and Field Production-- This is a free course aimed at students interested in going into television production. It is exhaustive in its entirety...more
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A Free, Interactive Course in Studio and Field Production-- This is a free course aimed at students interested in going into television production. It is exhaustive in its entirety and covers all aspects of the production from scripts to news reporting, editing, legal and ethical issues, etc. While it is geared to college students, upper level high school students would do well with some of this as well, especially those motivated by this subject matter. It also offers the entire course in Spanish and Portuguese.

Clicking on the "Readings and Information" menu will give you a "classroom related" menu that includes lesson plans and ideas. Scrolling down the main page, you can check on interactive test, crosswords, quizzes, video projects, and notes for both students and teachers.

tag(s): gifted (94), vision (86), writing (366)

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Wow, what a source for those teaching video or scriptwriting! This would be a valuable reference site for students interested in independent projects using video or for gifted enrichment projects, as well. If nothing else, assign lessons on composition and other "basics" to any student choosing to use video as a medium for a major project.
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Delaware Department of Education

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K to 12
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Home page for the state's department of education. ...more
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Home page for the state's department of education.

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Colorado Department of Education

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K to 12
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Home page for the state's department of education. ...more
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Home page for the state's department of education.

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Mark your state's Department of Education in your Favorites for quick reference.

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Student Violence in America's Schools - New York Times

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The New York Times Learning Network has brought together a number of resources on school violence. Although the site does not include any coverage of the 2006 Amish school ...more
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The New York Times Learning Network has brought together a number of resources on school violence. Although the site does not include any coverage of the 2006 Amish school shooting, there are contemporary Times reports of a number of other high-profile cases of school violence. The reports are coupled with several lesson plans designed to help students talk about these issues, as well as resources to help teachers plan effective discussions on school violence.

tag(s): school violence (13)

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Teachers cannot ignore the issues of school violence, nor hope they can avoid questions from students. The issue is not whether they should talk about it with students, but how they can do it most effectively and honestly. These lesson plans and resources can help teachers feel prepared, either for a planned discussion, or for the spur-of-the-moment question that becomes a teachable moment.

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration - For Kids, Teens and Educators - FDA

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K to 12
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This website provides a wealth of information for children, teenagers and educators. Specifics include cosmetics, germs, food safety, hand washing, careers in food science, online...more
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This website provides a wealth of information for children, teenagers and educators. Specifics include cosmetics, germs, food safety, hand washing, careers in food science, online games, interactive coloring pages and more! While most of the content appears elementary, there is information on food science careers and some higher level informaiton under Kids, Teens, and Educators.

tag(s): careers (137), safety (91)

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If you want a "healthier" class, use this website to help students understand the importance of hand washing and staying healthy! There are age-appropriate activities for all grades at this website. Home Ec/FCS teachers will love the information on food safety and hand washing, too!
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CDLI Guidance Room - Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation

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9 to 12
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Part of a larger Canadian site designed to help secondary school students make career and educational decisions, this section is focused on career choice. There are a number of ...more
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Part of a larger Canadian site designed to help secondary school students make career and educational decisions, this section is focused on career choice. There are a number of nice personality and abilities quizzes that offer career guidance. Some of the questionnaires are printable worksheets (requiring Acrobat Reader), and some are on-line and generate feedback automatically. One of the instruments generates a Myers-Briggs style personality type.

tag(s): careers (137), psychology (65)

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College and career planning cause significant angst among high school students. While none of what is posted on the site will tell students what they ought to do or where they ought to go, they will certainly provide some good insight and can help open a dialogue about these important choices. These activities should not be limited to the guidance counselors, but can be used in other classroom contexts with high school students. Be sure to provide this link on your class website for families to explore together.
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Mouth Healthy - American Dental Association

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K to 8
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Oral health topics are presented in an attention getting format that includes games, informative animations (require FLASH), hands on activities and printable student worksheets (require...more
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Oral health topics are presented in an attention getting format that includes games, informative animations (require FLASH), hands on activities and printable student worksheets (require Acrobat Reader). The a la carte lesson format makes it easy to use lessons individually or as a complete oral health unit. Animations and games/puzzle section are geared for the younger grades. The appropriate age levels for each of the sections are clearly labeled. There are also sections on dental careers.

tag(s): careers (137), dental health (23), hygiene (10)

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Provides comprehensive lesson plans with links to student worksheets that can be printed. Website is available in Spanish. Use a projector to show parts of the website to the whole class or use as a center for small groups of students.
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Top Tips for Dads Getting Involved - Schwab Learning

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1 to 12
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This page has simple tips on ways dads (or surrogate dads) can get involved to support learning support or ADHD kids both in and out of school. The brief article ...more
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This page has simple tips on ways dads (or surrogate dads) can get involved to support learning support or ADHD kids both in and out of school. The brief article is available in printed form and include support from resaerch on the impact dads can have.

tag(s): adhd (28)

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This is a great handout for parents, even if the children live with a single mom. Perhaps a grandfather or uncle can step in to provide this valuable support.
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Test Prep Review - TestPrepReview.com

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9 to 12
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Though a visually cluttered site, this one offers some great ways to practice for all sorts of standardized testing, from PSAT to SAT and more. Let's hope that practice makes ...more
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Though a visually cluttered site, this one offers some great ways to practice for all sorts of standardized testing, from PSAT to SAT and more. Let's hope that practice makes perfect!

tag(s): college (48)

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Share this link on your teacher web page for high school students to access from home as they prepare for PSATs and SATs.

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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 (133)

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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 (137), inquiry (38), medicine (70), olympics (49)

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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 (137), college (48), financial aid (16)

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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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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 (27)

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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 (40), safety (91)

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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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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 (9)

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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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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.

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