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Homestyler - Autodesk

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5 to 12
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Homestyler is a free online interior design planner. Users choose a layout plan, add details such as doors, windows, and furnishings, and then decide on color schemes for interior decorating....more
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Homestyler is a free online interior design planner. Users choose a layout plan, add details such as doors, windows, and furnishings, and then decide on color schemes for interior decorating. Designs are viewable in both a 2D and 3D format. This is a free online program that requires no downloading. Registration does require an email address. This site may or may not be fully accessible inside your school filtering. Check to make sure all portions of this site are available when using your school's network. Homestyler does have a retail component that suggests certain name brands for appliances, and building supplies but the 3D designing capability outshines this form of advertising.

tag(s): architecture (83), area (66), design (83), volume (45)

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Users click and drag design components onto the main layout page. The free draw tool is a bit trickier to control but is similar to drawing tools in other programs. The perimeter measurement scrolls alongside the line you are drawing. The interface for such a complicated concept is intuitive. Students will need explicit instructions on how to operate this program.

Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share the tutorial presentation and demonstrate how to use the design tools. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Consider this resource to help math students visualize how to compute the surface area of three-dimensional shapes and understand how area and volume change with scale. Social Studies and History teachers can ask students to re-create the interior of an early American home, Greek Temple or even their own classroom. With guidance, this could be a wonderful tool to help younger students understand interior mapping skills. Classrooms focusing on "real-world learning" may find this a valuable resource tool to help students create design plans for an alternative environment.

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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 (28), nutrition (154)

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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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We Can Waste Wise - Florida PBS Stations in Partnership with DEP

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2 to 5
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"We Can Waste Wise" is a fun, interactive challenge for younger students. This site is created through the partnership of several different concerned companies to promote earth-friendly...more
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"We Can Waste Wise" is a fun, interactive challenge for younger students. This site is created through the partnership of several different concerned companies to promote earth-friendly practices and especially recycling starting at a young age. The game is easy to play and navigate. There are three different levels of recycling that include washing the recyclables, too. After each level of the activity is an informative piece of information that is both in words on the screen and read to you. The final part of the activity is where students can create new characters or machines out of recycled materials. These creations can be emailed to share, but this step is optional.

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Try using this interactive with students as an introduction to a lesson on recycling. Students can make guesses based on what they may already know about recycling and reusing to complete the activity. Teach the lesson on the three R's of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Then have students revisit the activity to see if their scores improve. An extension based on this activity could be to have students research freecycle.org (reviewed here) with their parents. Student could put their unwanted toys or outgrown clothes on freecycle.org with their parents help, or do an outgrown clothes drive for Goodwill or other such organizations.
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NEN Gallery - National Education Network

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K to 12
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Here is free gallery of over 50,000 high quality images, video clips, and audio files for the educational community. View the gallery online and download free files, without having...more
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Here is free gallery of over 50,000 high quality images, video clips, and audio files for the educational community. View the gallery online and download free files, without having to register or create an account. Registration is necessary for the uploading of files. Moderators review all content on the site before posting. Registered users can store content in separate online albums. Search the site's resources by keyword, subject, instructional age, or phrase. The site originates from the United Kingdom so you may notice some spelling differences from American English. The gallery files reflect this particular geographic location, history, culture and language. The rights and permissions say they "may be downloaded and used for Educational Purposes only. This includes the editing and repurposing of these resources for use in education" (NOT commercial use). (See Teachers >> Further info to learn more.)

tag(s): animals (276), architecture (83), england (57), fashion (10), medieval (27), plants (145), transportation (40)

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Bring history lessons about the 20th century alive by reviewing World War II photographs, videos, and interviews with survivors from the United Kingdom. Then ask your class to upload photographs of artifacts, people, film clips or conduct interviewers with survivors in their own community. Record the interview with a site such as Vocaroo reviewed here. Compare and contrast the experiences of both groups during the War. Have students in family and consumer science research fashion, clothing, food, and/or drink from various locations and time periods. Enrich an anticipatory set about William Shakespeare with photographs of his birthplace, Macduff's castle, the Globe Theatre, and his cottage in Stratford. Younger children will enjoy the numerous digital images of animals and antique toys. Prepare a series of topic albums for students to access and use for research by using the sites "My Album" feature.

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Muse - Drew Wilson

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6 to 12
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Design is an integral part of our everyday life. Explore a design gallery from contemporary artists across the globe. The site's creator, Drew Wilson, interviews commercial artists...more
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Design is an integral part of our everyday life. Explore a design gallery from contemporary artists across the globe. The site's creator, Drew Wilson, interviews commercial artists and reveals their background, inspiration, and what equipment they use to create their work. Find intriguing designers and learn about the artists who influence their work. The site also features aspiring designers, animators, or filmmakers who submit projects to Muse.

tag(s): design (83), graphic design (35)

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This site will help students become more aware of how visual design surrounds us and influences our choices. Students studying art, digital design, animation, filmmaking, advertising, illustration, fashion design, or consumerism will find this site a valuable resource. They will view what currently happening in the design world, the role artists play in the creation of various projects and what equipment and programs they use. Ask students to explain common fashion trends, analyze how color evokes mood, discover the avenues of work experience artists follow, or discuss what makes one project's work more unique than another. Use images from this site as part of a unit on advertising and consumerism, as well. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here to visually explain an advertising technique, design concepts or elements, and collect examples.

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Admongo - U.S. Federal Trade Commission

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3 to 8
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Learn all about advertising's methods and tricks by playing this interactive activity. You will learn about types of ads and how they try to change your behavior. Learn who pays ...more
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Learn all about advertising's methods and tricks by playing this interactive activity. You will learn about types of ads and how they try to change your behavior. Learn who pays for them and learn to stop and think about how ads all around us seek to change our behavior. The site includes information for parents and teachers, as well. There is also a related curriculum. Look for the small links near the bottom of the screen. Creating a username and password allows you to save your place in the game and return to continue later.

tag(s): advertising (33), propaganda (12)

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To play the game: Though a login is available, it is not needed to play the game. Choose a character and features as well as a username and password. Follow the on screen directions to find ads in various places outside and within the home. Find the ads, answer the questions, and even collect coins along the way. Consider using the game as a precursor to discussions about advertising. encourage students to record what they notice as they move through the levels to identify the reasons for the creation of an ad campaign and why these are so effective. Follow up with additional discussions and activities that look at various ads past and present (past tobacco ads such as those using doctors are a really great start.) Assign additional assignments such as assigning watching TV or listening to the radio or taking a road trip. Really, there is a purpose. Require that students find several ads for analysis. For high school biology, have them find food related ads or food use in shows and movies to discuss reasoning for the advertisement.

Introduce the game on an interactive whiteboard or projector if you must, but most students will immediately guess how to navigate and collect coins, points, etc. as they move about and hear/read about advertising. Save your sanity by providing headphones or turning off the music! Young or weak readers might benefit from having a reading buddy partner.
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Animoto - Animoto Productions

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8 to 12
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This animation tool will help create a slide show with pizzazz. Add personal sounds, videos, and other media to create the next level of slide show for your classes. This ...more
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This animation tool will help create a slide show with pizzazz. Add personal sounds, videos, and other media to create the next level of slide show for your classes. This tool is great for PC-based schools without access to other free video or multimedia creation software. Create 30 second videos including music choices from over 300 soundtracks. A typical thirty second video requires twelve images making this a reasonable choice for projects with middle and high school level students. This is a device-agnostic tool, available on the web but also available for free as both an Android and iOS app. Use it from any device or move between several devices and still access your work. App and web versions vary slightly.

tag(s): animation (63), DAT device agnostic tool (198), images (266), movies (65), photography (160), slides (63), video (254)

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Use this tool easily in your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom since all students will be able to access it for free, no matter what device they have. Users need the basic understanding of how to upload pictures, videos, and other media, especially a user adding personalized content. Use stock images and media available through the site if you prefer. To create a show, simply click on the create button and follow the onscreen instructions. If adding personal images and video, the program allows searching through files. Add music from the site bank or from personal music sources (copyright-free, of course). Finalize the video with the last click and view your video. Share easily from the codes or export tools provided. Use Animoto to make commercials, science fair previews, and animated shorts in any content area. Have students make "advertisements" for an organism or a literary character. Make a travel commercial for a country being studied or for cultural sites in a world language class. Be sure to share the presentations on your projector or interactive whiteboard.

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Online Personal Finance and Economics Game - Council for Economic Education

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5 to 12
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This online interactive personal finance game has students work their way through 15 personal finance missions. Within each 30-minute mission, students are asked to help someone solve...more
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This online interactive personal finance game has students work their way through 15 personal finance missions. Within each 30-minute mission, students are asked to help someone solve a personal finance situation. Students create, choose teams and use online tools like the mission brief and geo-locator to help solve the mission.

tag(s): financial literacy (80), money (193)

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Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have students work together to form their mission groups and create a friendly competition within your class. Another option is to work on this as a whole class and compete against another classroom. Use the training videos on an interactive whiteboard or projector to prepare students for the missions. Have students blog or journal their experiences as they complete each mission. Lesson plans and materials are available at an additional cost. Teachers can sign up for their class.
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Fizzy's Lunch Lab - PBS Kids

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1 to 4
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Learn all about health, diet, and fitness at this interactive web site offered by PBSkids. Topics include how to prepare and find healthy snacks, discovering the difference between...more
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Learn all about health, diet, and fitness at this interactive web site offered by PBSkids. Topics include how to prepare and find healthy snacks, discovering the difference between good and bad foods and what happens to food after it enters your body. Videos, games, food facts, music, and more are used to entice students to learn about good nutrition. Each month new videos and activities are being added to the site. As a culminating project have students create online posters ("glogs") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.

tag(s): fitness (49), myplate (28), nutrition (154)

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Teachers can use this site as part of their health and nutrition units. Lesson plans are available that correspond with each month's theme and activities. Use the games on your interactive whiteboard or projector to help spur classroom discussions on how to create nutritious meals and plan activities that will enhance a healthy lifestyle.
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Basic Intergenerational Financial Literacy - National Center for Family Literacy

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2 to 12
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This site provides tools for financial literacy including an introduction to basic financial ideas and vocabulary, budget decision practices, and ideas for including students in conversations...more
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This site provides tools for financial literacy including an introduction to basic financial ideas and vocabulary, budget decision practices, and ideas for including students in conversations about money. Although the page looks very text-heavy the linked activities are more interactive. Activities may be introduced at school but are well-suited for parents and students to do together at home.

tag(s): money (193)

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Use the resources on this site to enrich a mathematics unit on money or a mini-society social studies unit. Share the site links and printables with parents at open house or conferences, so students can further engage in financial literacy topics. Use the value ranking resource as a discussion starter for older students. Students can complete activities independently and then share with a peer.
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The Story of Stuff - The Story of Stuff Project

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6 to 12
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The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute web cartoon that illustrates how all the "stuff" we use affects our lives and our planet. While the cartoon clearly has a liberal-leaning ...more
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The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute web cartoon that illustrates how all the "stuff" we use affects our lives and our planet. While the cartoon clearly has a liberal-leaning political agenda, that should not deter you from using it. In fact, asking students to point out its biases would be an important lesson in sorting out perspective in a persuasive argument. The site adds cartoons dealing with other "wasteful" topics fairly often, such as the "cap and trade" energy issue, bottled water, and electronics. The "downloads" tab offers PDF versions of the script, posters and other promotional material, and short teaser video clips of the film.

tag(s): environment (317), sociology (22)

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Useful in classes on economics, ecology, consumer living, sociology or current events, the film would provide a wonderful discuss lead-in on topics ranging from consumer decision making to the environment. Because the site operates under the "Creative Commons" copyright agreement, you can download your own copy of the film for educational use or order a DVD copy.
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Financial Football - Ulsa, Inc.

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8 to 12
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Help teens understand practical money skills using the interactive game of Financial Football. Teaching Modules include Fundamentals of Investment, Strength Training (Savings and Interest),...more
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Help teens understand practical money skills using the interactive game of Financial Football. Teaching Modules include Fundamentals of Investment, Strength Training (Savings and Interest), Defensive Spending, and The Game Plan (budgeting). Complete pdf teaching information is available for each module. Launch the game and get fired up for financial well-being, complete with theme music!

tag(s): financial literacy (80), money (193)

In the Classroom

Plan your financial unit to coincide with the SuperBowl or the opening of NFL football, then use these ready-made activities to train better consumers and money managers. As they do the activities and learn, challenge your sports-minded groups to write up an illustrated financial game plan on Glogster EDU, reviewed here. Imagine all the X's and O's! The less grid-oriented might to opt for creating an illustrated financial planbook using Bookemon, reviewed here.

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Moviesheets - Christopher Sheehan

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6 to 12
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Use this database to find teacher created sheets that follow movies shown in the classroom. Provide a change of pace for your students by using different questioning to challenge them....more
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Use this database to find teacher created sheets that follow movies shown in the classroom. Provide a change of pace for your students by using different questioning to challenge them. Be sure to preview, as this collection is only as good as the materials submitted. Check with your administration on rules for using "home videos" as they can be a violation of licensing or deemed inappropriate. Even though videos appear here, they may not be educationally appropriate. Be sure to check out the notices at the start of any "entertainment" video to be sure of legality. Keep in mind that these worksheets should not replace good interactive and thought provoking activities. Be sure to use other means to involve students in thought and action beyond the worksheets themselves. Find worksheets in either PDF or Word formats.

tag(s): business (58), climate (92), geology (81), movies (65)

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Use the worksheets to get students thinking about the science (or math, or other subjects) beyond these videos. Encourage students to create their own questions from the movie (reminding them of the relevance to your subject area) and choose the best worksheets to use and submit. Require students to add additional questions that are thought provoking and tied to the content for additional consideration. Use questions that go beyond factual recall to tie concepts together, explain phenomena, or uncover misconceptions. Continue discussion of concepts further than the paper through open discussion or blog posting. Rather than creating a worksheet, have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Nutrition explorations - National Dairy Council

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2 to 12
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Find activities, nutritional information, recipes, physical activity ideas, and more at this colorful and interactive site. Click on "Nutrition" to tour the food groups, learn how much...more
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Find activities, nutritional information, recipes, physical activity ideas, and more at this colorful and interactive site. Click on "Nutrition" to tour the food groups, learn how much you should eat, and more. At the "Activities" link you will find several action packed "nutrition" interactives. Don't miss the "Kids Kitchen" to find some excellent (healthy) recipes.

tag(s): myplate (28), nutrition (154)

In the Classroom

Allow students to try the activities and collect the information learned for discussion in class. Create conventional or multimedia posters about nutritional facts that others may not be aware of. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here) or Glogster, (reviewed here). Analyze current diets of students with what is recommended. Analyze commercials for foods for truth and untruth to learn to make good choices. Set goals for a nutrition campaign in your classroom.
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Sugar stacks - sugarstacks.com

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2 to 12
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Confused about what the sugar content is in foods? Compare the sugar amounts visually using this fun resource. Pictures show the item, amount of corresponding sugar cubes stacked in...more
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Confused about what the sugar content is in foods? Compare the sugar amounts visually using this fun resource. Pictures show the item, amount of corresponding sugar cubes stacked in front as well as the nutrition label amount for that item. Choose other categories of foods below to make additional comparisons. New features such as holiday meals are also seen on the site. There are snacks, beverages, candy, breakfast foods, vegetables, and more. Use the form along the bottom to comment and make suggestions.

tag(s): molecules (43), nutrition (154)

In the Classroom

Assign students to research different types of foods to compare sugar amounts. Have students use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here) to compare various foods. Use this prior to a discussion of nutrition, biomolecules, or how the body uses food as fuel. Have students work cooperatively and discuss their observations with the rest of the class. Consider determining the ratio of grams to number of sugar cubes, investigating, and then creating a class set of food and sugar cube pictures. Use this graphic way to explain the concept of proportion in a very concrete way as you teach it in math class. Use student ideas to create other visual images to drive home nutritional messages to others.

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You are here - Federal Trade Commission

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4 to 9
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Concerned about teaching children to be smart consumers? Choose different places in the virtual mall to hang out to learn about supply and demand or competition. Visit the West Terrace,...more
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Concerned about teaching children to be smart consumers? Choose different places in the virtual mall to hang out to learn about supply and demand or competition. Visit the West Terrace, Food Court, East Terrace, or Security Plaza. Become aware of issues such as scams, purposefully misleading advertising, and identity theft. Learn from this easy to understand and entertaining site with a large variety of relevant lessons. Move to other areas of the mall by clicking on the "Mall Map." Don't miss the Parents & Teachers link.

tag(s): advertising (33)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Find additional activities and fact sheets in the "Parents and Teachers" section. Choose from an unbelievable array of activities. For example, in the Book Cafe, learn about privacy and personal information. Extend the discussion about sites where information is displayed and suggesting what is appropriate or inappropriate. Read articles that outline poor choices and consequences to spark discussion. Create fact sheets or posters that can be shared with younger students. Have your students create an interactive online poster ("glog") using Glogster EDU, reviewed here.
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Build A Cell Phone - Edheads

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5 to 10
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This site challenges students to engineer cell phones to market to senior citizens based on research about their needs. It is a very interactive, five part activity that explains the...more
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This site challenges students to engineer cell phones to market to senior citizens based on research about their needs. It is a very interactive, five part activity that explains the objective of the activity, the research on the market, includes a design lab to create the new cell phone, and test survey results with "individual senior interviews." There is some humor to the site, and the interviews, though with cartoon seniors, are entertaining and informative. The site is dynamic with the interviewee's responses after the design is altered. Students learn to research and design for a real world task.

tag(s): business (58), engineering (125), STEM (134)

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Try using this activity as an alternative to product design or in conjunction with product or machine design in science or technology education courses or as part of a STEM program. Also, business and marketing courses could make use of this activity. After completing the activity, have students create multimedia projects presenting their findings or advertising their new product. Have students use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here). Or have students create a video to share with the class using a tool such as TeacherTube reviewed here.
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coolfood - European Food Information Council (EUFIC)

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K to 12
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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 (154), obesity (19)

In the Classroom

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 Glogster, 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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Shmoop US History, American History - Shmoop

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9 to 12
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Useful for either teachers or students, Shmoop is a virtual cram session on a variety of topics. In this history section, choose a time period and you get a tabbed ...more
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Useful for either teachers or students, Shmoop is a virtual cram session on a variety of topics. In this history section, choose a time period and you get a tabbed overview of the era including a quick review, a more in-depth coverage, a timeline, important people, fun facts, web links, and a test review. There are featured stories, Hot Topics, and study guides. It's all written in a breezy, accessible style that students will appreciate, but it's not superficial.

tag(s): blues (21), civil war (145), constitution (79), fashion (10), gold rush (19), war of 1812 (14)

In the Classroom

Students will love this site for reviewing and preparing for exams. Share this link on your class website for students to access both in and out of the classroom. Take advantage of the FREE study guides. Why not have cooperative learning groups investigate specific topics relative to your current unit of study and create multimedia presentation. Create podcasts, using a site such as PodOmatic (reviewed here). Have students create a Have students create an annotated image including text boxes and related links using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report about the event or topic. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here. Teachers can also use this site to differentiate between the typical lectures used to teach a US history project. Use the images on this site to create a "picture walk" in your classroom, introducing any one of the topics offered. Select 10-15 of the more powerful and diverse images, hanging them up in different locations around your classroom. Have students rotate around the classroom every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer about each image until the entire class has completed the circuit. After the class is back in their seats, have a class discussion based on what they observed and what this says about the topic.

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Produce for Kids - Shuman Produce Inc.

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K to 7
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"Produce for Kids" provides information and activities to promote healthy eating habits for children. There are online games like Curious George Juggling Produce which includes counting...more
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"Produce for Kids" provides information and activities to promote healthy eating habits for children. There are online games like Curious George Juggling Produce which includes counting and healthy eating concepts. There are also a variety of kid-friendly recipes to try! There are links for Kids, Grown-Ups, and Teachers. The Teachers link includes lesson plans, activities, printables, and more. The "Kids" link includes about 10 interactives all related to good nutrition (and even some basic math skills). Many of the lesson plans and interactives are from PBS.com and may be better suited in low to mid-elementary grades.

tag(s): addition (251), counting (120), numbers (204), nutrition (154), preK (281)

In the Classroom

This site could be used in the elementary class setting as part of a nutritional unit. Share the "Kids Only" section on your interactive whiteboard or projector and allow students to explore on their own. Try out some of the ready to go lesson plans and other activities.

Recipes included on the site would make great classroom projects or additions to the family and consumer science programs of the early middle level grades. Include this site as a reference when middle schoolers do nutrition units in health or FCS class, especially for weaker readers or ELL students.
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