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Portion Distortion - NIH

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6 to 12
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How do today's portion sizes compare with those from twenty years ago? Students can find out through an interactive quiz that tests their awareness of "super-sizing." The quiz displays...more
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How do today's portion sizes compare with those from twenty years ago? Students can find out through an interactive quiz that tests their awareness of "super-sizing." The quiz displays photos of specific food items from "then" and "now" and provides specific caloric information about the older and current versions. Students are asked to guess how long it will take to burn off those extra calories given every-day exercise. A BMI calculator and menu planner are also provided on the site. Created by the National Institutes of Health.

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Don't Buy It - PBS

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3 to 6
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Help your students acquire the tools they need to evaluate and analyze the media messages they see on a daily basis. Use the resources on this site to teach ...more
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Help your students acquire the tools they need to evaluate and analyze the media messages they see on a daily basis. Use the resources on this site to teach skills in dissecting pop culture advertising. Students are challenged to examine what an advertisement is, design their own product packaging, examine health claims of food products, and graph nutritional comparisons.

tag(s): advertising (34)

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Modern Meat - PBS

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8 to 12
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The simple hamburger has been in the news quite frequently as the safety of our meat supply is debated. This site takes visitors inside the American meat industry and presents ...more
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The simple hamburger has been in the news quite frequently as the safety of our meat supply is debated. This site takes visitors inside the American meat industry and presents riveting information regarding food borne illnesses, industrial meat, meat safety, the meat inspection process, and politics. As eye-opening as it is troubling, the information presented in this site can serve as the focus of a class discussion, a comprehensive resource for a student research project, or a lesson on consumer activism. Links to consumer resources are provided.

tag(s): agriculture (58)

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Inside the Teenage Brain - PBS Frontline

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

tag(s): adolescence (12), brain (72)

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P.O.V.'s Borders - Environment - PBS

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9 to 12
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This Web-only documentary series by PBS is an interactive exploration of "borders" in our lives. In this episode, decisions concerning what we eat, drink, and breathe are examined....more
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This Web-only documentary series by PBS is an interactive exploration of "borders" in our lives. In this episode, decisions concerning what we eat, drink, and breathe are examined. What do we choose and why? This is a very well done, yet rather cerebral site that would be best suited for independent investigation in a computer lab (headphones required) followed by discussion. Lesson plans are available for download.

tag(s): ecology (138)

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My Plate Match Game - Dairy Council of California

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1 to 4
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Help students understand the importance of healthy food choices with this interactive matching game. My Plate Match Game challenges you to "test your knowledge of the 5 food groups,...more
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Help students understand the importance of healthy food choices with this interactive matching game. My Plate Match Game challenges you to "test your knowledge of the 5 food groups, and how much you need from each group."

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Have students work with partners or on individual laptops and try this matching activity to learn more about healthy eating.
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March Into Spring - Education World

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1 to 6
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The month of March is filled with special events to commemorate. Use the many teaching resources on this site to develop activities for Women's History Month, National Nutrition Month,...more
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The month of March is filled with special events to commemorate. Use the many teaching resources on this site to develop activities for Women's History Month, National Nutrition Month, Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month, and the Iditarod. Lesson plans, online projects, hands-on activities, and book reviews are provided. Created by Education World.

tag(s): iditarod (6), nutrition (154), women (94)

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Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval of information. This is a really helpful resource for any elementary school teacher.

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National Nutrition Month

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6 to 12
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Help students make good food choices and develop healthy lifestyles with this site developed by the American Dietetic Association. View food labeling fact sheets, a selection of healthy...more
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Help students make good food choices and develop healthy lifestyles with this site developed by the American Dietetic Association. View food labeling fact sheets, a selection of healthy recipes, and useful tips for making smart food choices. The true/false nutrition quiz provided on the site is not interactive but can be used as a review activity, or to assess prior knowledge. Project the quiz and ask students to record their responses before scrolling to view the correct answers.

tag(s): nutrition (154)

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Advertising Campaigns That Have Made a Difference - The Ad Council

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7 to 12
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Throughout the 20th century, advertisements have influenced public behavior and opinion while leaving enduring icons and slogans in their wake. Explore some of these snapshots of American...more
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Throughout the 20th century, advertisements have influenced public behavior and opinion while leaving enduring icons and slogans in their wake. Explore some of these snapshots of American culture in this Ad Council site that provides printed and multi-media glimpses of its public service milestones - from war bonds, to Smokey the Bear, to Vince and Larry, the crash test dummies. View the examples in class and challenge students to design their own ad campaigns to address contemporary issues in America society.

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Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard during a class discussion of a debate in current politics or while preparing for a debate in your own classroom. Allow students to explore the site with the intentions of creating their own propaganda for their debate side or for both sides if used in a more general discussion. This is a great way to get students to start thinking about persuasion in the media, and how politicians can use it. Excellent resource for a US government class!

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Eat Your Vegetables - NIH

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

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End of Life Decisions - National Public Radio

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

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Alzheimer's Resources for Students - Alzheimer's Association

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

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Chemicals, the Environment, and You - National Institutes of Health

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Middle school students can learn a lot about hazardous materials and proper use of common household chemicals from this site from the National Institutes of Health. Teachers could use...more
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Middle school students can learn a lot about hazardous materials and proper use of common household chemicals from this site from the National Institutes of Health. Teachers could use this content in a variety of contexts, either in whole or in part. Students will likely need some guidance in working through the material.

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Science Update - Clumsy Kids - Science Net Links

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6 to 12
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Health teachers with a sense of humor will find lots of ways to integrate this article on the biology of teenage clumsiness into their lessons. The presentation is succinct, engaging,...more
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Health teachers with a sense of humor will find lots of ways to integrate this article on the biology of teenage clumsiness into their lessons. The presentation is succinct, engaging, and studded with additional web references for those seriously interested in the topics covered. Teens may also find this one suitable for individual reading - a way of understanding why they're always tripping over their own feet.

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Self NutritionData

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6 to 12
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Tired of the old food groups pyramid? Here's a nutrition site that ties nutrient information to students' real world. Want the low-down on that sugary cereal you had for breakfast ...more
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Tired of the old food groups pyramid? Here's a nutrition site that ties nutrient information to students' real world. Want the low-down on that sugary cereal you had for breakfast this morning? How about a nice orange instead? This site's tools let you build your own healthy diets from hundreds of listings. This one's well worth a look for health and nutrition classes.
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Challenge cooperative learning groups to explore a particular topic at this site. Have students make a multimedia presentation using one of the many TeachersFirst Edge tools reviewed here.
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Fire Safety for Parents - FEMA

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This site offers a complete on-screen primer on fire safety for parents of young children. We suspect it was designed for group instruction, though it works fine for individual use...more
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This site offers a complete on-screen primer on fire safety for parents of young children. We suspect it was designed for group instruction, though it works fine for individual use as well. This one's worth adding to your Favorites for safety topics.

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Share this link with parents on your class web site or in your newsletter during National Fire Prevention Week.
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Nutrition for Parents - USDA

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This US Department of Agriculture site provides valuable information for parents interested in teaching their children healthy eating habits. The site has a seasonal guide for healthy...more
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This US Department of Agriculture site provides valuable information for parents interested in teaching their children healthy eating habits. The site has a seasonal guide for healthy eating, ten tips for planning healthy school lunches, activities that parents and children can do together, and a list of health conscious reading resources sorted by age-group.

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Body and Mind - Centers for Disease Control

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4 to 8
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This site takes the notion of "fitness made simple" to a new level. This Centers for Disease Control site provides a wealth of resources for children looking to maintain healthy ...more
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This site takes the notion of "fitness made simple" to a new level. This Centers for Disease Control site provides a wealth of resources for children looking to maintain healthy and fit lifestyles. With resources on healthy snacking habits, an activity planner, and a quiz to help analyze your fitness level, this site helps make fitness, safety, and disease prevention fun for kids. There is also a teachers' corner for help integrating these activities into the classroom. The site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Interactive Health Tutorials - National Institutes of Health

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Designed to help healthcare providers educate patients, the prevention and wellness section of these Interactive Health Tutorials may be helpful to school nurses looking to promote...more
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Designed to help healthcare providers educate patients, the prevention and wellness section of these Interactive Health Tutorials may be helpful to school nurses looking to promote healthy living to students. In particular, the smoking and exercising modules may be helpful in health classes for students in grades 3-12.

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West Nile Virus - Health Canada

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9 to 12
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This Canadian site provides helpful information for minimizing the risk of getting the West Nile Virus, as well as instructions for identifying symptoms. ...more
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This Canadian site provides helpful information for minimizing the risk of getting the West Nile Virus, as well as instructions for identifying symptoms.

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