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Hunkin's Experiments - Tim Hunkin and Shane Frazer

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This website, created by cartoonists, offers countless experiments (written in the form of cartoons). There are over ten experiment categories including Food Experiments, Mathematical...more
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This website, created by cartoonists, offers countless experiments (written in the form of cartoons). There are over ten experiment categories including Food Experiments, Mathematical Experiments, Biological Experiments, Electrical Experiments, Experiments in the Office, Sound Experiments, Hobbies Experiments, Science Experiments, Clothes Experiments, Experiments with Light, Experiments with Objects, Experiments with Materials, & Miscellaneous Experiments . Some specific examples include "How to make a Moebius band and how to double the length of a Moebius band," "How to make your tongue into a battery," "How to test an electric fence," and many others. This is not an interactive website, but does offer some very creative ideas for experiments.

tag(s): electricity (89), experiments (71), light (46), sound (100)

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Take a look at this site and determine some experiments that correlate with your curriculum. Then set up a computer learning station based on the topic. Provide a list of experiments for your students to try at the learning center. Most cartoon experiments require very simple supplies (if any). Have students groups create a wiki page explaining why their assigned experiment works and the underlying principles. You will have an instant student-generated "text."

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Africa Focus: Sights and Sounds of a Continent - University of Wisconsin Digital Collections

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3 to 12
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Africa Focus offers a wealth of digital images and sound recordings from contemporary Africa. This collection from the University of Wisconsin contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs,...more
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Africa Focus offers a wealth of digital images and sound recordings from contemporary Africa. This collection from the University of Wisconsin contains more than 3000 slides, 500 photographs, and 50 hours of sounds from 45 different countries. Click Search the Collection to see image categories which include artisans, buildings and structures, cities and towns, education, landscape, religion, and women. Sound recordings include drums, greetings, rites and ceremonies, songs, and signing. The site is easily searched by keyword or by subject heading. This site requires RealPlayer. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): africa (180), air (163), architecture (83), black history (59)

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Teachers will find this site rich in resources for units on science, social studies, geography, architecture, music, art, and culture. Make Africa a "real" place by sharing on a projector as you share stories or learn about homes ("Structures")and habitats or landforms ("Landscape") with younger students. Use the sound recordings for lessons on oral history, myths, languages, and music. Assign student groups a topic area, which they can research and present to the class as a PowerPoint or another multi-media format using an interactive whiteboard or projector.

Images, text, or other content downloaded from the collection may be freely used for non-profit educational and research purposes under Fair Use. That means that you may NOT put them on the web in a public site, blog, or wiki, since you would not be limiting access to class members. If you want students to create blog or wiki pages, create passworded access for class members only to areas displaying these images and resources. Check the website for instructions on how students can cite this source in their bibliographies.

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Exploring Online: The Sweet Lure of Chocolate - Exploratorium Magazine

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3 to 8
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If your class is studying chocolate or investigating nutrition or agriculture, look no further than this website dedicated to this delicious delicacy. Some of the unique topics include...more
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If your class is studying chocolate or investigating nutrition or agriculture, look no further than this website dedicated to this delicious delicacy. Some of the unique topics include "Chocolate in the Forest" (which takes students to the Amazon rainforest), the health risks and benefits of chocolate, the history of chocolate, and many other "yummy" bits (or bites) of information. Some of the articles feature interactive elements that require Real Video. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): aztecs (8), chocolate (7), mayans (12), nutrition (154)

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There are numerous ways that this website could be incorporated into the classroom. Why not have a class debates about whether chocolate is healthy or hurtful to the human body? This website also presents concise and diverse research that could be used for independent projects.
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Agriculture in the Classroom - USDA

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1 to 12
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Understand the importance of agriculture and visit a farm using your computer! Choose from the "Limits of the Earth" and "The Story of Milk" (in the Kids Zone Virtual ...more
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Understand the importance of agriculture and visit a farm using your computer! Choose from the "Limits of the Earth" and "The Story of Milk" (in the Kids Zone Virtual Tours), among others. Spend time on the "4-H Virtual Farm" where you investigate different types of agriculture through movies, slides, and simulated tours. Explore the agricultural products we use every day as well as the biotechnology behind it. Other resources include Science in a Shopping Cart, Webquests, AgKnowledge quizzes, Teacher resources including lesson plans and science projects, and a Student Center for Teens and Kids. Most activities are geared for the younger grades though some links are more appropriate for secondary students. This site requires use of Quicktime and Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): agriculture (54), nutrition (154)

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Use the activities to introduce a Food and Fiber unit. Identify the products produced by the various types of farms. Use the activities prior to a farm visit or presentation. Students can also count the different types of products used by their family and use the site for background research. This would be a great way for elementary students to study various farms as part of social studies lessons on producers and consumers. Family and Consumer Science classes can use this information to begin a unit on dairy, grain, or meat products. Use the information for students to follow goods from farm to table for presentation.
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Exploring Online: Better Hair Through Chemistry - Exploratorium Magazine

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6 to 10
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Are you looking for a unique way to grab the attention of your teenage students? This interesting website explores the connection between hair and science. Correlations are made between...more
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Are you looking for a unique way to grab the attention of your teenage students? This interesting website explores the connection between hair and science. Correlations are made between bad hair days and the weather. Three of the "hands on" activities include building a hair hygrometer, the healthy hair test, and creating curls. Some of the articles feature interactive elements that require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): air (163), weather (188)

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Although this website doesn't have many "bells and whistles" (it dates back to 1998), the content could be very interesting in a chemistry or other secondary science class. This website takes a "teenage friendly" topic and brings it into the science classroom. There are many higher-level science topics within the text of this website. Invite students to try the experiments and even to use technology to create more up-to-date illustrations of the concepts for a health or science fair display.
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Smart Girl - NSF & UMich

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7 to 12
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This site values bright young women by offering features on things that interest them: surveys, creativity, feelings, writing, horoscopes, dreams, sports, college, etc. Older girls...more
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This site values bright young women by offering features on things that interest them: surveys, creativity, feelings, writing, horoscopes, dreams, sports, college, etc. Older girls will gain confidence as they find their voices and read those of others. Mentor journals of college-age "Smart Girls" share their college experiences. The site is run by NSF and University of Michigan and provides a very positive tone. They monitor content. Links are available to outside sites on a wide variety of topics.

tag(s): organizational skills (122)

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Counselors, writing teachers, and even those working with young women in emotional support classes will want to encourage your female students to submit creative writing, write surveys, learn to do websites, and write reviews of their favorite media productions. If you have students who want to know more about college life (in a positive way), share this link with them to learn about the college experience, time management , and more from the mentor journals.

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firstfind.info - Westchester Library System

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3 to 8
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This site offers a quick way to find basic information on many topics written in very simple English. There are 9 major topic areas which users can choose from ...more
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This site offers a quick way to find basic information on many topics written in very simple English. There are 9 major topic areas which users can choose from and each area has a variety of inside divisions. Of particular interest to K-12 students would be Government, History, Travel (includes maps), and Health. Especially useful for ESL students are the online magazines written in simplified language and the dictionary link.

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Suggest this site to your students from other countries when they are assigned a research project. Keep this one in Favorites on your teacher web page or classroom computers for ESL students to use the Dictionary or find simplified information on your government, history and health lessons. Special Ed teachers with students of low reading ability can also find adapted resources here.

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National Atlas - United States Department of the Interior

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2 to 12
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This all-encompassing atlas site provides a broad variety of information and activities. The subject areas include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, government,...more
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This all-encompassing atlas site provides a broad variety of information and activities. The subject areas include agriculture, biology, boundaries, climate, environment, geology, government, history, mapping, transportation, people, and water. All of the subjects incorporate the United States (for example, the agriculture pages discuss the agriculture of the USA). The map features are phenomenal and include both printable maps and "dynamic maps" which are interactive and awesome! Some of interactive maps include topics such as relief and elevation, West Nile virus, volcanoes and more. This site is a perfect addition to any science class that is studying volcanoes, climate, biology and more. It is also useful in a geography class studying the various uses and types of maps. Some of the activities at this site require Flash, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): agriculture (54), climate (92), environment (317), geology (81), maps (288)

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Have your students work in cooperative learning groups to investigate the "dynamic maps". Assign each group a topic to explore (there are 7). Have the students research the information using the maps and then report their findings to the class, perhaps displaying examples on a projector or interactive whiteboard. In teaching any of the related subjects, using a projector to share a map will make the content more "real," such as displaying the butterfly layer in the map maker so students can see how the butterfly population their home state compares with other locations.
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World News - WN Network

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This is a wonderful compilation site of news from all over the world. Users can read the home page or search news of a specific geographic region. An ...more
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This is a wonderful compilation site of news from all over the world. Users can read the home page or search news of a specific geographic region. An excellent plus here is the ability to choose to read the news in a variety of languages. World Photos today, multimedia, global weather, and sports are just a few of the many attractive sections that add to this site's appeal.

tag(s): news (261)

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Share this site with your school's foreign language teachers. Have students do comparisons between English and foreign language versions of the news. If you teach writing, you can find controversial topics as writing prompts for persuasive writing among the articles, as well, and have students find facts to support their positions. Make this site available from your teacher web page for current events assignments. Reading teachers will want to use the articles on an interactive whiteboard to teach main idea and summarizing: highlight key words to use in a main idea or summary sentence you write together below the article.

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Homeostasis - Think Bank Biology Revision

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4 to 9
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This is a fabulous site on homeostasis. This website provides an interactive presentation. The website focuses on body temperature, water balance, blood sugar levels, and blood pH....more
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This is a fabulous site on homeostasis. This website provides an interactive presentation. The website focuses on body temperature, water balance, blood sugar levels, and blood pH. Students will love the interactive challenges that are included at this website. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): human body (120), temperature (29)

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This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard. Use this website to introduce students to the various processes involved in homeostasis. Be sure to click on the "play" button on some of the pages. By clicking on the "play" button, students will see a more interactive and descriptive explanation about the science concepts.
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Brain Explorer - Lundbeck Institute

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Brain Explorer is a comprehensive, interactive explanation of the human brain. This site is organized into three major categories: a brain atlas, neurological control information,...more
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Brain Explorer is a comprehensive, interactive explanation of the human brain. This site is organized into three major categories: a brain atlas, neurological control information, and descriptions of brain disorders. It also provides a glossary, a gallery, and additional reading material. Younger students may need some guided help or a narrow web quest because the site could be overwhelming.

tag(s): brain (72)

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This site would be a fantastic resource for teachers and students in biology, anatomy, health, or psychology. Share the images from the gallery on a projector or whiteboard to illustrate brain basics or assign students to find out more detailed information from the Atlas.

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Chew On This - Food Commission Research Charity

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6 to 9
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This site provides information about food, nutrition and health. Although some of the terms and food labels are specific to the United Kingdom, the site will encourage students to think...more
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This site provides information about food, nutrition and health. Although some of the terms and food labels are specific to the United Kingdom, the site will encourage students to think about what is in the food they eat and how it affects their bodies. Downloadable worksheets are available. This site requires Adobe Reader. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): nutrition (154)

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Assign individual or pairs of students a section of this website to visit in a lab or on laptops. Have the groups present the section to the rest of the class.
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MRI Game - Nobelprize.org

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5 to 10
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This interactive game introduces students to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The activity provides students with historical, scientific, and medical information about the MRI. After...more
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This interactive game introduces students to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The activity provides students with historical, scientific, and medical information about the MRI. After the reader-friendly information, students have the opportunity to choose patients and take them in for an MRI. There is also a matching activity that compares images from X-Rays, MRIs, and CATs (computer assisted tomography). As you study science concepts such as magnetism, light waves, and other physical science concepts this application of scientific concepts to solve a problem (seeing inside the body) will make the concepts more meaningful. If your science curriculum includes study of famous scientists or types of science, this feature is one of several on the Nobel prize site. This site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): images (265)

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This site is ideal for an interactive whiteboard. This website does an excellent job simplifying the complicated science behind MRIs. Students doing research on applications of science in the real world could also use this as as research source(most likely at the middle school level).
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Beat the Heat at Arizona Science Center - TryScience

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2 to 8
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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as ...more
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This virtual field trip takes students to the Arizona Science Center. The featured activity, "Beat The Heat", challenges students to design a home that uses the sun's energy as heat, but not get too hot. The challenge involves balancing the amount of shade and sun that reach the home. It includes an interactive explanation of the sun and the seasons. This activity requires Shockwave, get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.. There are also numerous other science activities, links, online exhibits and even Standards provided (see the Teachers Page)across many science, math, and engineering disciplines. Click on the "experiments" link for a wealth of fun and inspiring experiments in science and math. The experiments are engaging and provide virtual opportunities for students to build individual understanding.

tag(s): dna (69), environment (317), sound (100), sun (71)

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If you are unable to get laptops or the computer lab for your class, use an interactive whiteboard and make the "Beat The Heat" or other experiments a class project. Use the seasons explanation as a whole-class activity with elementary students on a projector or whiteboard.
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Beacon Learning Center: Student Web Lessons - Beacon Learning Center

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K to 12
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This website, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, provides an enormous collection of "web lessons" (interactives) for all grade levels. There are lessons in language...more
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This website, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, provides an enormous collection of "web lessons" (interactives) for all grade levels. There are lessons in language arts, math, science, social studies, and health. There are too many lesson plans to count - and all are projector, laptop, or whiteboard-ready. Just to give you an idea of some of these unique lessons, some of the titles include "Where is Japan?", "Walrus World", "Piece of Pie", "Medians", "Fence Me In", and "Critter Craze". On the main page, a brief description is provided for each lesson plan. Click Teacher Solutions > Lesson Plans to search by subject or grade level.

tag(s): charts and graphs (195), evolution (100), expository writing (44), industrial revolution (25), native americans (78), primary sources (86), probability (130), symmetry (55), writing (358)

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If you want ready-to-go lessons guaranteed to work well on your interactive whiteboard, this collection is a winner. You simply open the activity on the whiteboard and have students tap and drag their way through as you talk with the class. (Invite your most "active" student to be "Vanna White" for a great behavior management solution). Many lessons would work well on laptops or on a computer cluster center, as well.

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Mad Sci Network - Mad Sci Network/Third Sector New England

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K to 12
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This great reference resource is an attractively packaged compilation of ways to get answers to questions about science. Offerings include a place to ask questions from K-college, access...more
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This great reference resource is an attractively packaged compilation of ways to get answers to questions about science. Offerings include a place to ask questions from K-college, access to a search engine, a list of FAQ's on common topics, a library with links to other relevant sites, a knowledge generator, an archive of lab experiments, and other assistance with science fair projects. The Mad-Sci labs also has a "Guided Tour of the Visible Human" section on human anatomy, with many images of cross-sections and internal organs.

tag(s): air (163), experiments (71), scientists (68)

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Navigate the human body and label parts on an interactive whiteboard, or find the appropriate experiments for all your science concepts. By searching the question archives, you can find answers to questions at all levels. Be sure to include this link on your teacher web page year-round to promote curiosity about science. Teachers of gifted will love this one as a treasury of open-ended ideas on science by scientists.

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Obesity - BBC

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3 to 12
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This site provides the alarming news on obesity. The interesting topics include a comparison of obesity from 1970 to 2000, a "help" page, a body image page, information about ...more
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This site provides the alarming news on obesity. The interesting topics include a comparison of obesity from 1970 to 2000, a "help" page, a body image page, information about eating disorders, quizzes, interactive videos, information about what obesity means and more. Some of the activities require FLASH.

tag(s): eating disorders (7), obesity (19)

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Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share this useful website with your students. This would also be a wonderful link to provide in your classroom newsletter - many parents would appreciate the information and tips. Note: the site is from the UK, but the information is valid on both sides of the Atlantic!
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Hitting Home - BBC

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6 to 12
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This site offers information about the devastating facts of domestic abuse. There is a 12-minute video (requires FLASH), real-life stories by students who have experienced domestic...more
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This site offers information about the devastating facts of domestic abuse. There is a 12-minute video (requires FLASH), real-life stories by students who have experienced domestic abuse, an interactive quiz and a vast array of information on the subject of domestic abuse. Remember this site was created in the UK, so some of the language may be new to your students. You may need to discuss the noticeable differences.

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Encourage your teenaged students to read the real-life stories about students who experienced domestic abuse, either as a springboard to guidance discussions or for frank one-on-one talk. Discuss with your students, especially those who may be "at-risk," how someone could handle this situation where you live - who do they tell, where do they call and what should they do.
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Investigates Arson - BBC

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7 to 12
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This site has factual information about arson. It includes video footage, authentic cases of arson, surveys, what to do to help, and more. Take advantage of this website, created especially...more
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This site has factual information about arson. It includes video footage, authentic cases of arson, surveys, what to do to help, and more. Take advantage of this website, created especially for pre-teens and teenagers, as one of many current issues topics when studying current events or safety. Flash is required for some of the activities. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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

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Share this link as one of several project topics for health, current events, or a criminal justice elective. It could also be a good source for background information in a debate class or club.
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American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD)

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K to 12
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American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance promotes and supports creative and healthy lifestyles through high quality programs in health, physical education,...more
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American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance promotes and supports creative and healthy lifestyles through high quality programs in health, physical education, recreation, dance and sport, provides members with professional development opportunities that increases knowledge, improves skills, and encourages sound professional practices.

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