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Sleep, Sleep Disorders, and Biological Rhythms - National Institutes of Health

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9 to 12
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This complete unit on sleep disrorders and natural rhythms includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete...more
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This complete unit on sleep disrorders and natural rhythms includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about the complex world of sleep (without inducing it!). NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are videos to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader). This unit also includes a databse collection program for students to participate actively in scientific data collection and inquiry about sleep.

tag(s): psychology (64), rhythm (20)

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Read through the unit completely before you "cherry pick" portions or decide to use it in full.
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Human Genetic Variation - National Institutes of Health

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This complete unit on human genetic variation includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student...more
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This complete unit on human genetic variation includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about sickle cell, molecular biology, and more. NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are videos to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader).

tag(s): genetics (90)

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Even if you do not use the unit in full, the videos and links are worth investigating. Turn on the projector and share or print out handouts and other print materials to supplement your study of genetics. This unit does not have as many multimedia components as some of the other units on this NIH site, so it may be more challenging for weaker readers.
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Cell Biology and Cancer - National Institutes of Health

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This complete unit on cell biology and cancer includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student...more
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This complete unit on cell biology and cancer includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about cancer and the cell cycle, evaluating claims about cancer, and more. NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are videos to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader).

tag(s): cells (102)

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Check out the Getting Started section for information on the required plug-ins (Quicktime, Flash, Acrobat. Even if you do not use the unit in full, the videos and links are worth investigating. Turn on the projector and share or have students use this site to research about cancer as part of a health unit. The videos and clear information make the site very approachable, even for less able students.
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Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases - National INstitutes of Health

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This complete unit on infectious diseases includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials...more
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This complete unit on infectious diseases includes teacher materials, standards,(see the Curriculum Supplement Series main page for the link to state standards), complete student materials and web resources, and everything you need to teach about infectious diseases, resistant bacteria, and more. NIH has done an outstanding job of organizing everything for you. There are vidoes to make the content come alive (require Quicktime). See the Getting Started section for information on the needed plug-ins (Flash, Quicktime, and Acrobat Reader).

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Even if you do not use the unit in full, the videos and links are worth investigating. Turn on the projector and share the world of science, even without a lab.
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CIA for Kids - CIA

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Divided into introductions at two levels, K- 5 and 6 - 12, the home pages explain briefly what the CIA does. Sites of interest for children include information ...more
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Divided into introductions at two levels, K- 5 and 6 - 12, the home pages explain briefly what the CIA does. Sites of interest for children include information about the Canine Corps, a story about pigeons, games and a feature on saying no to drugs. Links from the two levels of homepages do not necessarily go to reading matter of the level; for example, the "Who We Are and What We Do" pages require a sophisticated vocabulary and high reading level (9+). Links from features like "Spy-Fi Archives" display some inconsistency in formatting, but the source is a good general one for older children. An extensive book list on drug awareness and abuse prevention is helpful.

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Include this site when studying the three branches of government as a concrete example of one thing the Executive Branch does. Students could explore it on a "scavenger hunt" to learn answers to questions you pose, or the whole class could visit on a projector to learn about what the CIA does. If you ask students to research different government agancies, this would be a great reference site for them to use.

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

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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 (132), safety (90)

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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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NIBBLE ( Nutrition Information Bulletin Board & Learning Experience) - University of Masachusetts

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Use this straightforward site to learn about basic nutirition and to assess you own diet. Students can assess their snacking style or take interactive quizzes on different food groups...more
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Use this straightforward site to learn about basic nutirition and to assess you own diet. Students can assess their snacking style or take interactive quizzes on different food groups and nutrition pitfalls.

tag(s): nutrition (154)

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Uset this site as reinforcement of nutrition information you learn in class, or assign students a scavanger hunt to explore and learn for health, science, FCS, or PE class.

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Apples and More - University of Illinois Extension

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K to 6
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It will take more than a day to enjoy this apple! Find everything you could want to know about apples. Get right to the core of the science by exploring ...more
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It will take more than a day to enjoy this apple! Find everything you could want to know about apples. Get right to the core of the science by exploring Apple Education, especially the Life Cycle of and apple tree. You can learn all about parts of a plant while enjoying the apple theme. You will also find links to history and legends about apples, apple facts, apple varieties, nutritional information, and apple fun (including links to word searches, online apple games, and other pencil-paper activities). The site is also available in Spanish.

tag(s): fall (16), nutrition (154), plants (145)

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This site could be just the anchor you need for an apple-themed week. Spread the activities throughout the week. Or simply study the parts of the apple blossom and plant in class on an interactive whiteboard and share the rest of the site as an enrichment link on your teacher web page.

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Food for the Ancestors - PBS

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Children learn about Mexican food as they learn about the Mexican Holiday Day of the Dead. This site, used in combination with a PBS video, readings, and more, provides a ...more
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Children learn about Mexican food as they learn about the Mexican Holiday Day of the Dead. This site, used in combination with a PBS video, readings, and more, provides a multi-skill, multimedia approach to studying nutrition and the culture of Mexico. Video elements require Real Player. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): agriculture (55), cooking (34), holidays (147), mexico (34), myplate (28), nutrition (154), spanish (108)

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Bring the real thing into the classroom by trying some of the recipes with the children!

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Throw Your Weight Around - PBS- Fetch!

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Explore the science of balancing your body with these get-up-and-move activities to try in the classroom or at home. Not only will your students have a chance to get up ...more
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Explore the science of balancing your body with these get-up-and-move activities to try in the classroom or at home. Not only will your students have a chance to get up and move, they will also learn some science at the same time. A printable version in both English and Spanish accompanies the sctivity, and there are links to extension activities, as well.

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Try this activity in your classroom as you study laws of motion or the human body. Your kinesthetic learners will "get it." Team up with the classroom and PE teacher together to get the kids thinking as they move.
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Children and Sports - CNN

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While intended primarily for parents, this is an article that physical education and health teachers will find useful in bridging the gaps between the expectations of students, parents,...more
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While intended primarily for parents, this is an article that physical education and health teachers will find useful in bridging the gaps between the expectations of students, parents, and schools when the topic of sports arises. The presentation is straightforward, and it includes listings of appropriate activities for children of various ages. The article also encourages regular physical activity, while stressing the importance of age-appropriate choices and intensity in sports.

tag(s): sports (97)

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Coaches may find this one useful when parents' ambitions outpace those of their sons and daughters.
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Your Disease Risk: A Source on Prevention - Harvard School of Public Health

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Your students can review research about heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis and learn about their risk factors for these diseases.This is an adult-level site,...more
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Your students can review research about heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis and learn about their risk factors for these diseases.This is an adult-level site, but the information is excellent.

tag(s): factors (42), heart (43)

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Use this site for individual or team research projects on different diseases and ask them to prepare "What is Your Risk?" games or activities for their classmates. Then have a health fair in class. Or have students individually evaluate their own health risks using the site then devise a plan for a healthier lifestyle.

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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 (26)

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You Think! - World Bank

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Delve into global issues with this outstanding site that explores topics like education, conflict, nutrition, the environment, and more, within the context of what matters to kids....more
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Delve into global issues with this outstanding site that explores topics like education, conflict, nutrition, the environment, and more, within the context of what matters to kids. Students can read factual summaries of the problems then investigate the related photographs, videos, galleries, and games. Click on the "Issues" link to view all available topics. Includes downloadable materials for teachers.

tag(s): air (163)

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Take advantage of the free ideas and classroom guides provided in the "4teachers" section. This would be a useful accompaniment to a government or Geography class.
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Don't Wake Kate - PBS

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This online game, specifically designed for blind or visually impaired children, was developed by PBS in consultation with the National Center for Accessible Media. It's a challenging...more
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This online game, specifically designed for blind or visually impaired children, was developed by PBS in consultation with the National Center for Accessible Media. It's a challenging memory activity that asks students to safely lead D.W. through a dark room without stepping on a toy and waking baby Kate. To accomplish this, students must listen carefully to verbal descriptions that reveal the exact placement of each toy. Make sure that students select the "audio" option before beginning the activity. Headphones required.

tag(s): listening (91)

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This site is also useful for students without visual impairments who could benefit from an activity that strengthens memory skills, concentration, and attention to detail.
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Invision Guide to a Healthy Heart - Anatomical Travelogue, Inc.

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9 to 12
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This very realistic journey through the functions, anatomy, and diseases of the human heart and cardiovascular system is not for the squeamish. Filled with video clips, informative...more
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This very realistic journey through the functions, anatomy, and diseases of the human heart and cardiovascular system is not for the squeamish. Filled with video clips, informative text, and interactives, the site take visitors from basic "how it develops" and "how it works" to more involved explorations of what happens when something goes wrong, and how to correct it. Includes operating room video footage of an angioplasty procedure and open heart surgery. The site only works with FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): heart (43)

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America's Running Routes - U.S. Track and Field

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Get them moving! Create walk/run paths for your students to use both in school PE classes and at home using this interactive site from United States Track and Field. Follow ...more
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Get them moving! Create walk/run paths for your students to use both in school PE classes and at home using this interactive site from United States Track and Field. Follow simple instructions to use a clickable map as you designate the route. The site calculates the mileage, lets you print out the map with the route marked, or even add it to an online database of walk/run routes all over the U.S. Then place links to your recommended routes on your teacher or school web site. Get students and parents involved in fitness with their families. You can also look up routes in your area already registered by other fitness enthusiasts. Maybe even create an all-school walk/run event!

tag(s): fitness (49)

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History of Sandwiches -

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This one is just off-beat enough to grab our attention! What's more motivating than food? This entertaining journey through the history and growth of the sandwich can form the foundation...more
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This one is just off-beat enough to grab our attention! What's more motivating than food? This entertaining journey through the history and growth of the sandwich can form the foundation for a variety of classroom activities. Truly entertaining and historically illuminating!

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Ask students to create a time line with this chronological culinary information, use as the basis for a research project, or incorporate into an anticipatory set before a foods unit.

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Avian Influenza: What You Should Know - U.S. Centers for Disease Control

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The CDC's home page for information on "bird flu" (avian influenza) offers a variety of content written at an adult level, including basic fact sheets, current outbreak updates, etc....more
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The CDC's home page for information on "bird flu" (avian influenza) offers a variety of content written at an adult level, including basic fact sheets, current outbreak updates, etc. Used selectively, this information offers an authoritative look at the evolution of this new disease and the international response to its spread.

tag(s): diseases (66)

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Use this site as an introduction to the avian flu during the seemingly always present flu-season. Have students explore the site in cooperative learning group with the intentions of finding three things that they can do to prevent themselves from getting the flu, or what the government is doing to prevent a spread. Have students create a short presentation with the information, making online posters that summarizes their findings. Use an online poster creator, such as Padlet (reviewed here). This would be great in a Health class, or in a government class studying government responses during crises or the impact of globalization.

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School District Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist - U.S. Health & Human Services Dept.

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While Avian Influenza currently presents no credible threat to humans in North America, this planning guide for school and health professionals outlines steps that might be required...more
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While Avian Influenza currently presents no credible threat to humans in North America, this planning guide for school and health professionals outlines steps that might be required should such a threat turn into an actual pandemic. As such, it might be useful reference to bookmark for possible future use. The various links to facts about avian influenza and its current spread should be of more immediate interest.

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