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TV411 - Math - Adult Literacy Media Alliance

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4 to 12
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TV411 offers lessons and games covering math topics from calculating area to reading a pay stub. Each lesson is offered in a slide format beginning with an introduction to the ...more
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TV411 offers lessons and games covering math topics from calculating area to reading a pay stub. Each lesson is offered in a slide format beginning with an introduction to the activity, followed by questions to answer. Upon answering questions, feedback is provided. If the answer was incorrect, an explanation of the correct solution is provided. The site also provides several math games practicing fractions, ratio, data, and percent. Spanish and ESL/ELL teachers will want to note that there is a small sample of lessons available in Spanish on the site. Many of the topics are also applicable in Family and Consumer Science or business classes, as well.

tag(s): charts and graphs (198), financial literacy (87)

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Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector as practice or review of current math topics. Provide a link to games on classroom computers for student practice. Spanish teachers may want students to complete a lesson in Spanish to provide real-world language practice. Share this site with parents through your classroom website or blog to provide review materials at home.
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Your Life, Your Money - PBS

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9 to 12
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This site accompanies a PBS series on money management, however, the entire series is available to video stream from the website. Pick and choose from segments such as making money,...more
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This site accompanies a PBS series on money management, however, the entire series is available to video stream from the website. Pick and choose from segments such as making money, getting out of debt, saving money, understanding insurance, and entrepreneurship. Along with each segment, there is a facilitator's guide, web exclusive content, activities and simulations. There is a comment section associated with the site, and limited advertising for other PBS products, so preview before making available to students. A written transcript of the segments can be made available to ELL/ESL students.

tag(s): money (185)

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The nature of this site makes it especially conducive to a "learn at your own pace" approach to managing money. Students can access areas of interest, dig as deeply as they are interested into the associated activities, and tailor their own experience. Alternatively, the video segments might be shown on an interactive whiteboard or projector, and students could work in groups on the activities. Finally, you might choose to isolate particular activities and use them in conjunction with your regular curriculum and lessons, and skip the video segments completely. Create a class wiki to discuss budgeting, debt, savings, and more. Not comfortable with wikis? Have no wiki worries - check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through.
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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 (85), area (73), design (88), volume (53)

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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 (27), nutrition (159)

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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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Earth 911 - earth911.com

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K to 12
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Find recycling centers in your area and learn about many green and ecological topics with this well organized site. Use this site for background information as well as providing a ...more
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Find recycling centers in your area and learn about many green and ecological topics with this well organized site. Use this site for background information as well as providing a means and ideas to create action. Find great articles about green initiatives and current news stories.

tag(s): conservation (128), environment (325), recycling (60)

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Allow students the opportunity to choose articles of interest to read, learn more about the topics, and present to the class, write a blog post, or create a public service announcement (PSA) to communicate their learning. Have your students create an interactive online poster using Visme, reviewed here. Find a multitude of learning opportunities on this site.

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What you need to know about energy - The National Academies

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4 to 12
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Use this site to find relevant and dependable information about energy and conservation that is objective and based on science. Choose from topics such as "How we use energy," "Our...more
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Use this site to find relevant and dependable information about energy and conservation that is objective and based on science. Choose from topics such as "How we use energy," "Our Energy Sources," "The Cost of Energy," and "Energy Efficiency." Find definitions of related terms such as "Cap and Trade" along the side of this site. Answer the "What do you know about energy" quiz questions. Easily view the full source library that provides the details for the site. Find the following interactives along the bottom of this site: "Understanding Efficiency" or "Our Energy System." Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to find a short video on "America's Energy Future."

tag(s): conservation (128), energy (207), environment (325)

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Find a wealth of information on this site. Identify misconceptions about energy use and energy availability by assigning students to read blogs, news reports, and editorials or through use of a teacher made quiz identifying attitudes and understandings about energy. Divide students into groups to peruse the site and verify the information given with the sources listed on the site as well as other sources. Be sure to discuss credibility of sites and how to determine this with the students as well. Assign blog posts, conventional or multimedia posters, and other assignments to share the information learned. Create a concept map that showcases attitudes and reasons why they are so prevalent. Be sure to add facts to this as well. Create a campaign at school or in your community so that others can benefit from understanding the science behind energy use and availability. Have your students create an interactive online poster using Visme, reviewed here. Follow with an energy audit of the school or student homes to analyze ways to save energy.
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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 (322), architecture (85), england (56), fashion (10), medieval (27), plants (174), transportation (43)

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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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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 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. However, if you scroll to the bottom of the landing or pricing page and find the column titled "Animoto For" and slide to "Education" you will see that teachers can apply for the full Animoto for free for use in their classroom. 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.
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tag(s): animation (63), DAT device agnostic tool (179), images (278), movies (70), photography (157), slides (65), video (278)

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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 (87), money (185)

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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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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 (185)

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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 (325), 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 (87), money (185)

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 Canva, 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 (95), geology (81), movies (70)

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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 using Genial.ly, 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 (27), nutrition (159)

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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 bulletin board, such as Padlet, reviewed here, or interactive magazine creator like Calameo, 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 (45), nutrition (159)

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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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Cool Food Planet - 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 (159), obesity (18)

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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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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 (17), civil war (144), constitution (88), fashion (10), gold rush (19), war of 1812 (15)

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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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Tramline Virtual Field Trips - Tramline

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1 to 12
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This website is dedicated to delivering a variety of virtual field trips. The trips are listed by content. Each trip contains objectives, concepts, and terms to know. There are lesson...more
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This website is dedicated to delivering a variety of virtual field trips. The trips are listed by content. Each trip contains objectives, concepts, and terms to know. There are lesson plans linked in the Teacher Resource section of the page, and extra information on the topic. The trips themselves are a lot like guided web quests. The websites that are used in the field trips show good variety. And standards are even provided! The trips include grade levels. Examples of topics include hurricanes, dinosaurs, deserts, natural wonders, dark ages, and American Presidency.

tag(s): field trips (13), investing (8), mars (40), oceans (165), shakespeare (110), virtual field trips (55)

In the Classroom

Virtual field trips from this website could be used on the interactive whiteboard or projector as a whole class activity. A better use could be to create a question sheet that mirrors the trip and have students work through the field trip at their own pace in lab, either with partners or individually. Follow up by challenging student groups to create an interactive guidebook to their topic using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here. With younger students, make a class book together.
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My Safe Home - Home Safety Council

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Learn about safety hazards throughout the home. View sections of the house such as Kitchen, Hallway, Pool and Spa, or Backyard. In each section, find safety concerns for Falls, Poisoning,...more
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Learn about safety hazards throughout the home. View sections of the house such as Kitchen, Hallway, Pool and Spa, or Backyard. In each section, find safety concerns for Falls, Poisoning, Burns, Fires, Suffocation, and Electric Shock. Each concern contains an audio file and/or written information to outline the danger.

tag(s): fire (27), safety (92)

In the Classroom

This site is a terrific find for your safety unit or safety week. Share this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Or have cooperative learning groups investigate specific rooms together. Students can use this information to determine common household dangers. Students can use the information to create a visual or interactive online display of safety information. Use the information to create public service announcements, newsletters, or a mini lesson to present to the class, other classes, or parent groups. Have students create infomercials to share with the class using a tool such as SchoolTube reviewed here.
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CareerZone Pennsylvania - Pennsylvania Department of Education

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This website offers a fairly comprehensive like/dislike work personality profile. Although created in Pennsylvania, the site is universally helpful. (There are other quizzes and occupation...more
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This website offers a fairly comprehensive like/dislike work personality profile. Although created in Pennsylvania, the site is universally helpful. (There are other quizzes and occupation information available at the homepage.) It is a very long survey (180 questions at the time of this review), but it can be saved in process which is a very helpful feature. Students answer simply "like," "dislike," or "not sure." Once the profile is completed, an interest profile is developed and the meanings of the interests can be referenced in the first type of assessment. Jobs that are highly related to the individuals' interest profile are linked here. The specific occupations are linked to information on the career including descriptions, education requirements, experience and skills needed to perform the job. Also, basic career information is also available to search without doing the interest assessment.

tag(s): careers (139)

In the Classroom

This site could be applied to any course. It could be invaluable to guidance classes, family and consumer sciences, and business courses. This would be a great introductory lab for any of those classes as well as others. Demonstrate on an interactive whiteboard or projector and then have students work on individual computers to take the survey. Have students access the site and complete the survey and do a simple research into three different possibilities. Then have students reflect on the careers that surprised them as well as the ones with which they thought they would want to do. Have students create "a day in the life" blog entries related to a day on the job of one of the careers suited for them.
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