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National Children's Folksong Registry - Education CyberPlayGround

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Want to become a part of cyberspace history and preserve a part of our culture? Use your ipod, phone or computer to record the chants, songs, jump rope rhymes, or ...more
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Want to become a part of cyberspace history and preserve a part of our culture? Use your ipod, phone or computer to record the chants, songs, jump rope rhymes, or circle games that your students enjoy. Then submit them to the database so the students can hear themselves on the net.They can also listen to recordings made by other classes. Be part of a new way of recording oral history! Include this activity as art of your study of history and the songs people sang on the railroads, on riverboats, or as they immigrated.

tag(s): oral history (12), songs (53), speech (92)

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Before recording for the website use a tape recorder to have students practice speaking clearly when recording. Have older students teach younger grades a chant or song to record. Directions for recording are included on the site. Make sure you follow your school district policies for posting information on the web. Include a link on your teacher website for parents to listen to the class recordings.
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Top Tips for Dads Getting Involved - Schwab Learning

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This page has simple tips on ways dads (or surrogate dads) can get involved to support learning support or ADHD kids both in and out of school. The brief article ...more
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This page has simple tips on ways dads (or surrogate dads) can get involved to support learning support or ADHD kids both in and out of school. The brief article is available in printed form and include support from resaerch on the impact dads can have.

tag(s): adhd (28)

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This is a great handout for parents, even if the children live with a single mom. Perhaps a grandfather or uncle can step in to provide this valuable support.
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Test Prep Review - TestPrepReview.com

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9 to 12
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Though a visually cluttered site, this one offers some great ways to practice for all sorts of standardized testing, from PSAT to SAT and more. Let's hope that practice makes ...more
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Though a visually cluttered site, this one offers some great ways to practice for all sorts of standardized testing, from PSAT to SAT and more. Let's hope that practice makes perfect!

tag(s): college (44)

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Share this link on your teacher web page for high school students to access from home as they prepare for PSATs and SATs.

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Election 2006 - New York Times

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6 to 12
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Use a clickable national map to analyze the 2006 races for governor, senate, and house in all 50 states. See recent polling data, historical trends, and even predict outcomes to ...more
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Use a clickable national map to analyze the 2006 races for governor, senate, and house in all 50 states. See recent polling data, historical trends, and even predict outcomes to see their impact on Congress as a whole. You can save your "scenarios" for future reference. Note: you must join the New York Times online (FREE), a valuable resource for any classroom. You can make one account, and multiple computers can log in at once. Just don't forget your user name and password!

Although this resource was created for the 2006 election, the background information is valuable for teaching about elections in general and for comparing elections as part of U.S. history.

tag(s): elections (75), politics (99)

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This would be a great site to visit repeatedly throughout the ramp-up to the election. It would be terrific on an interactive whiteboard. You could also assign students to create their own log-ins and generate their own scenarios. based on their own research (encourage ownership!). Then compare their predictions with the actual results. Or role-play groups as they present their scenarios in Republican (or Democratic) National Committee budget meetings and decide strategies.

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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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Let's Play: A Guide to Toys for Children with Special Needs - American Foundation for the Blind

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If you're looking for an educational toy or game for a special-needs student, check out this comprehensive, annotated list of items, especially designed for children with physical and...more
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If you're looking for an educational toy or game for a special-needs student, check out this comprehensive, annotated list of items, especially designed for children with physical and hearing impairments, vision problems, and developmental disabilities.

tag(s): disabilities (20)

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Parent's Guide to Helping Kids with Learning Disabilities - Schwab Learning

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This searchable online resource is filled with timely articles, interactive features, and practical information on understanding a child's special needs, managing his/her education,...more
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This searchable online resource is filled with timely articles, interactive features, and practical information on understanding a child's special needs, managing his/her education, and connecting with other parents who share similar concerns. Sign up for a free weekly e-newsletter, participate in an interactive message board, or personalize your visits to the site with the "My Page" feature.

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Checkpoints for Progress - US Dept. of Education

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This helpful checklist of reading and writing skills outlines what parents should expect to see from their children at each grade level. The site provides reading lists and practical...more
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This helpful checklist of reading and writing skills outlines what parents should expect to see from their children at each grade level. The site provides reading lists and practical tips for helping students to hone their language arts skills.

tag(s): reading lists (79), writing (363)

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Use these "standards" as a means of checking student achievement, and being sure to align objectives and assignments with these general expected skills. It might be a good idea to show these objectives to students at the beginning of the year, to give them a good idea of what to expect.

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Teacher2Teacher - Drexel University

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This helpful question-and-answer service is a great resource for teachers and parents who have questions about teaching mathematics to their children. Visitors can search archives by...more
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This helpful question-and-answer service is a great resource for teachers and parents who have questions about teaching mathematics to their children. Visitors can search archives by topic areas or grade level, ask a new question, or discuss math education in the Lounge. Free registration will qualify you to receive an electronic copy of the site's newsletter.

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Scared of Cyber-Bullies? - CBS News

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School bullying has taken a high-tech twist. This CBS article, with accompanying video and interactive features, describes this alarming trend and provides information for parents and...more
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School bullying has taken a high-tech twist. This CBS article, with accompanying video and interactive features, describes this alarming trend and provides information for parents and teachers on how to protect children and teens from cyber crime.

tag(s): bullying (50), safety (91)

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Though short, this article provides teachers and parents with an awareness as to the extent that cyber bullying can go. Discuss with students the consequences of online-bullying, and use this article to show the effects it can have on it's victims.Encourage students to bring the article home to parents, or take the middle man out and post it on a teacher wiki or webpage to allow parents instance access. This would be an appropriate prerequisite before a project that requires virtual interaction, such as googledocs, (reviewed here), or any other online classroom resource.

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Growing with Media - PBS

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Media have a profound effect on the creative, social, physical and intellectual development of a child. This excellent resource gives parents strategies for helping children develop...more
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Media have a profound effect on the creative, social, physical and intellectual development of a child. This excellent resource gives parents strategies for helping children develop healthy TV habits, resist advertising, think critically, and evaluate information for credibility. The site explores common questions and dilemmas encountered when dealing with kids and TV, suggests daily activities, and provides links to additional resources.

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Career One Stop - Department of Labor

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We have yet to find a definitive career planning web site, but this offering from the US Departments of Labor and Education does a nice job of helping students sort ...more
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We have yet to find a definitive career planning web site, but this offering from the US Departments of Labor and Education does a nice job of helping students sort out career options by both industry and education level. There's also a listing of which industries are growing most rapidly. While the site include many professions requiring a 4-year degree, job titles like engineer, physician, and attorney that require the most training are curiously absent.

tag(s): careers (132), college (44)

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National Runaway Safeline

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6 to 12
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National Runaway Safeline's tagline is "Keeping America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets." Find important information for students, parents, counselors,...more
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National Runaway Safeline's tagline is "Keeping America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets." Find important information for students, parents, counselors, and anyone else who works with young people who have run away (or may be thinking about doing so) and their families. In addition to location and confidential contact services, the site offers a wealth of resources for both families and young people. This is a quiet problem whose dimensions are far larger than many realize. The site includes resources for homelessness, as well.

tag(s): behavior (47)

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Check out the "Let's Talk" free runaway prevention curriculum for lessons you can use for specific situations or concerns.

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Science Behind Drug Abuse - NIDA

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The National Institute for Drug Abuse offers this page about drugs and drug abuse for teens. There's a lot of factual information, some quizzes, and a wealth of statistics on ...more
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The National Institute for Drug Abuse offers this page about drugs and drug abuse for teens. There's a lot of factual information, some quizzes, and a wealth of statistics on the decline in drug use among teens. The coverage also includes ecstasy and the "date rape" drugs. Counselors and nurses may find this one particularly useful.

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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 posters using Glogster EDU, 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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Household products database - National Institutes of Health

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Developed with funding from the National Center for Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this site may be helpful to parents looking to keep household...more
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Developed with funding from the National Center for Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this site may be helpful to parents looking to keep household products out of the reach of youngsters. You can search the database by product category, or by active chemical ingredients. Detailed information about each of the included products gives proper handling instructions, safety precautions, and information for the safe and appropriate disposal of these products.

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Understanding University Success

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While there's a wealth of "common knowledge" about what it takes to succeed in higher education, specific discussions of the factors and preparation that let students succeed is harder...more
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While there's a wealth of "common knowledge" about what it takes to succeed in higher education, specific discussions of the factors and preparation that let students succeed is harder to find. Developed by a consortium of leading universities, this online PDF reference is the sort of reading that counselors, parents, and students should have available when they begin to plan their high school careers.Remember that your computer will have to open Acrobat Reader to open the reference pages and booklet. Be patient if you are on a slower connection.

tag(s): college (44)

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Guidance counselors will find this one especially useful.
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Great Expectations - PTA

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Adult's expectations can be overwhelming for children. Learn about the two types of expectations parents have for their children and how too much expectation can be crushing. This...more
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Adult's expectations can be overwhelming for children. Learn about the two types of expectations parents have for their children and how too much expectation can be crushing. This site guides parents to listen and be realistic about what they want from children.

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Suicide Concerns

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Know the warning signs and don't ignore them, suicide is the third leading cause of death in teens and young 'twenty-somethings'. Visit this site to get the clues, ...more
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Know the warning signs and don't ignore them, suicide is the third leading cause of death in teens and young 'twenty-somethings'. Visit this site to get the clues, information to help someone who is at risk, and the Girls and Boys Town Hotline Number for suicide prevention.

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Inhalants

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Inhalants are easy to get and potentially fatal. Every parent needs be sure they understand the dangers and the symptoms of inhalant abuse. This site lists what ...more
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Inhalants are easy to get and potentially fatal. Every parent needs be sure they understand the dangers and the symptoms of inhalant abuse. This site lists what to watch for and offers a crisis intervention phone number for parents and teens.

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