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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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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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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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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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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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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.

tag(s): diseases (66), hiv/aids (18)

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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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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.

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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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Plastic Fork Diaries - Maryland Public Broadcasting

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6 to 12
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Here's a "teens and nutrition" site with a quirky interface that will attract teens and annoy grownups. Old folks: deal with it! There are good information nuggets buried in the ...more
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Here's a "teens and nutrition" site with a quirky interface that will attract teens and annoy grownups. Old folks: deal with it! There are good information nuggets buried in the story and plot, and users will ultimately learn a lot about building good eating habits. The site structure encourages browsing and persistence, so let the kids loose on this one and see what they come back knowing.

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Fat and Happy? - Scientific American Frontiers

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6 to 12
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Here's an episode from the Scientific American Frontiers site that offers a look at how American young people eat and what their eating habits do to their bodies and futures. ...more
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Here's an episode from the Scientific American Frontiers site that offers a look at how American young people eat and what their eating habits do to their bodies and futures. Users can view selected program clips, compute body mass (BMI), and learn lots of ways to improve their diets by changing what they eat. The BMI calculator opens in a pop-up window, so you need to turn off your pop-up blocker just for this site. See the Tools menu in Internet Explorer to do this.

tag(s): nutrition (154), obesity (19)

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Include this site as part of a research unit on healthy eating or make a simple web scavenger hunt for your students to learn the basic of how bodies metabolize food and create fat.
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Cooking Science - Exploratorium

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4 to 12
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The Exploratorium does it again with this new look at the science behind cooking. There are lots of areas to explore, from what makes pickles pickle to the crystal structures ...more
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The Exploratorium does it again with this new look at the science behind cooking. There are lots of areas to explore, from what makes pickles pickle to the crystal structures of the sugar in your candy. Narrated Flash animations tell many of the stories.

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Veteran teachers know that food is a great way to keep students interested in a subject. This site does it with style.
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Infection - Detection - Protection - The American Museum of Natural History

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4 to 10
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The Smithsonian's American Museum of Natural History offers this site dealing with microbes, infections, and ways to avoid the harmful germs while working with the beneficial ones....more
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The Smithsonian's American Museum of Natural History offers this site dealing with microbes, infections, and ways to avoid the harmful germs while working with the beneficial ones. Middle and high schoolers can learn a lot be reading through this one. A number of the activities could integrate nicely with health, biology, or science curricula. This website requires Adobe Shockwave. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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This is a great resource for a science or health class. Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share the interactives with your students.
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Walk in My Shoes - University of Illinois Extension

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The University of Illinois Extension developed this site to help young people understand the problems and issues that confront the elderly. The site uses a collection of hands-on activities...more
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The University of Illinois Extension developed this site to help young people understand the problems and issues that confront the elderly. The site uses a collection of hands-on activities to demonstrate the issues and challenges that older people confront in living their daily lives. Health classes will find these an interesting way to examine life style differences, and the site could also be used to help students work more closely with older people in their community.

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Five A Day Nutrition - National Cancer Institute

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The National Cancer Institute now offers this venerable site as an encouragement to make fruits and vegetables a central part of the American diet. Though not designed specifically...more
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The National Cancer Institute now offers this venerable site as an encouragement to make fruits and vegetables a central part of the American diet. Though not designed specifically for students, the site includes complete resources - recipes, promotional ideas, local contact information, etc. - and could be useful for health and nutrition classes.

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All About West Nile Virus - CDC

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While West Nile isn't likely to be a specific curriculum element anytime soon, the Centers for Disease Control's page about West Nile offers good content showing how public health officials...more
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While West Nile isn't likely to be a specific curriculum element anytime soon, the Centers for Disease Control's page about West Nile offers good content showing how public health officials monitor and respond to the emergence of new infectious diseases. Try this one in a current events discussion, asking the question, "How big a problem might this actually be?"

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Open Heart - Columbus Institute of Science

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9 to 12
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This site provides hands-on activities and interactive features to help students understand how the heart works, what can happen when it fails, and what can be done to rescue it. ...more
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This site provides hands-on activities and interactive features to help students understand how the heart works, what can happen when it fails, and what can be done to rescue it. Choose the "assemble the heart" activity to understand the anatomy and structure of this vital organ. Experience the delicate procedure of open heart surgery procedures with the "Virtual Bypass Surgery" link. Don't worry; the site is informational but not gory. Additional topics include diseases of the heart, diagnostic tools, medical careers, and what can be done to keep the heart healthy. Includes a glossary. From the Columbus Medical Association Foundation.

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