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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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6 to 8
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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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tag(s): myplate (28), nutrition (154)

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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.

tag(s): fire (25), fire safety (11), safety (92)

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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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Traffic Safety for Kids - State of New York

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1 to 5
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New York State offers this set of pages about traffic safety for children. While the design isn't particularly child-friendly, there is good content and plenty of illustrations. ...more
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New York State offers this set of pages about traffic safety for children. While the design isn't particularly child-friendly, there is good content and plenty of illustrations.

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Teachers may be able to use this one effectively if they provide some guidance in working with the material.

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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.

tag(s): fitness (49), sports (96)

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Interactive Health Tutorials - National Institutes of Health

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3 to 12
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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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Eat Smart. Play Hard - Federal Food & Nutrition Service

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This federally developed site deals with the importance of exercise and good nutrition. There are some activity ideas to try at home or school, nutrition information, food experiments,...more
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This federally developed site deals with the importance of exercise and good nutrition. There are some activity ideas to try at home or school, nutrition information, food experiments, healthy recipes, and more. The separate sections for kids, parents, and professionals make it easy to find what you are looking for.

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As part of your unit on nutrition or exercise, be sure to share this link on your teacher web page for students to try some of the ACTIVE activity ideas and recipes. Or you can assign them to explore in class, choosing at least one healthy recipe and one activity idea to take home and try for panther points (see the mascot for more info).
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Fat! - PBS

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The PBS Frontline series tackles American diet and eating habits, but with an emphasis on the overall availability of food, rather than on specific eating sins. Health teachers may...more
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The PBS Frontline series tackles American diet and eating habits, but with an emphasis on the overall availability of food, rather than on specific eating sins. Health teachers may find this cultural approach a useful introduction to a discussion of nutrition and eating habits.

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Smart-Mouth.org - Center for Science in the Public Interest

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4 to 12
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Looking for a "good eating habits" site that will actually engage students? This offering from the Center for Science in the Public Interest serves up its anti-junk food message with...more
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Looking for a "good eating habits" site that will actually engage students? This offering from the Center for Science in the Public Interest serves up its anti-junk food message with clever writing and graphics. The site lets students build their own meal and see its nutritional value, and the "snacktoids" offer scores of quick facts showing the effects of a diet with lots of fast foods.

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Farm Safety for Kids

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4 to 8
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Farms can be a setting for a unique set of serious accidents, so this site on safety on farms makes sense for students in rural areas. Learn how to work ...more
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Farms can be a setting for a unique set of serious accidents, so this site on safety on farms makes sense for students in rural areas. Learn how to work safely around farm equipment, grain, mowing equipment, and more. This is an area of safety that most schools overlook.

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Medicating Kids - Frontline - PBS

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The PBS Frontline series tackles the issues surrounding the medication of school-age children for ADHD and other reasons. It's a probing look at the various constituencies and advocate...more
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The PBS Frontline series tackles the issues surrounding the medication of school-age children for ADHD and other reasons. It's a probing look at the various constituencies and advocate groups that drive the debate. In an unusual move, the entire program is avialable on the web for those who have a high-speed connection.

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Teachers will find the section on medications and schools particularly interesting.
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KFF - World AIDS Day - Kaiser Family Foundation

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9 to 12
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The Kaiser Family Foundation prepared this guide to AIDS events and resources, with a particular emphasis on information recognizing the global AIDS epidemic and the efforts that will...more
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The Kaiser Family Foundation prepared this guide to AIDS events and resources, with a particular emphasis on information recognizing the global AIDS epidemic and the efforts that will be required to combat further AIDS spread in Asia and Africa. Thoughtful students will find much to ponder here. The dates extend through 2007, but much of the information remains accurate.

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In the Classroom

Plan a "World AIDS Day" activity in your health class or as part of a discussion of current events and challenges to global health and economics. Have students create online posters using Padlet (reviewed here) or multimedia presentations using UtellStory, reviewed here, to share on a class wiki or a cafeteria kiosk to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS around the world.

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Staying Alive

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Here's the personal side of AIDS, told from an international perspective in an MTV-style presentation that should hold the attention of teens and other students. Combining facts with...more
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Here's the personal side of AIDS, told from an international perspective in an MTV-style presentation that should hold the attention of teens and other students. Combining facts with personalities, the site offers facts, opportunities for action, and examples of other teens' experiences. Share this one with your students; it's available in several languages.

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Extend the experience of this site by having your students write a blog post from the point of view of a young person with HIV/AIDS, perhaps in another culture.
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Global Bug Conspiracy - Science Education

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6 to 12
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This site offers a clever presentation about a serious topic, the dangers inherent in germs like e-coli and other water-borne pathogens. Students can investigate why these "bugs" are...more
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This site offers a clever presentation about a serious topic, the dangers inherent in germs like e-coli and other water-borne pathogens. Students can investigate why these "bugs" are a global public health problem and will learn how simple steps can reduce the dangers to populations around the world. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Using Live Insects in Elementary Classrooms - University of Arizona

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1 to 5
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This site offers scores of ideas for using insects to teach topics ranging from math to music, health, and science. There are plenty of details on both instructional uses and ...more
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This site offers scores of ideas for using insects to teach topics ranging from math to music, health, and science. There are plenty of details on both instructional uses and how to raise and maintain insects in classroom settings.

tag(s): experiments (71), insects (69)

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If your students are "critter crazy," you'll find lots of great intructional opportunities here.

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Drug & Alcohol Information for Teens - Department of Health and Human Services

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The US Department of Health and Human Services offers this online catalog of drug and alcohol information for teens. Many of these publications are available online, and they may prove...more
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The US Department of Health and Human Services offers this online catalog of drug and alcohol information for teens. Many of these publications are available online, and they may prove helpful to parents, students, or guidance counselors grappling with substance abuse issues. HHS also offers additional catalog sections targeted specifically to children.

tag(s): drugs and alcohol (19)

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Use this site during your drug unit or Red Ribbon Week as background information for students or student groups to make anti-drug photo posters using Captioner, reviewed here.

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