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Agricultural Ideas for Science Fair Projects - Sci4Kids

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This web site provides students and teachers with ideas for agricultural science projects. Many of these ideas could easily be used as classroom science experiments or as an individual...more
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This web site provides students and teachers with ideas for agricultural science projects. Many of these ideas could easily be used as classroom science experiments or as an individual student's science fair project. The site includes experiments that could be incorporated into science lesson plans.

tag(s): environment (317), medicine (67), zoology (7)

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During a unit of study involving agriculture, this page would be a great list of project choices for cooperative group learning experiments. Topics are interesting and the web site is kid-friendly. Great for enrichment for all!

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Election 2006 - New York Times

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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)

In the Classroom

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 (96)

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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.

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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 (73), writing (358)

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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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Be Safe for Kids - Children's Hospital - Pittsburgh

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Use this site to teach young students how to avoid common injuries in a variety of circumstances: in the sun, around water, near vehicles and traffic, during sports practices and ...more
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Use this site to teach young students how to avoid common injuries in a variety of circumstances: in the sun, around water, near vehicles and traffic, during sports practices and games, and even in their own yards or playgrounds. Animated instructional cartoons - narrated by kids - and interactive quizzes are liberally sprinkled through the site.

tag(s): safety (92)

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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 (52), safety (92)

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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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High School: the Big Kahuna - Castleworks, Inc.

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Help your middle school students feel a bit more confident about entering high school with this kid-friendly site that addresses many common fears and anxieties. Topics include "Getting...more
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Help your middle school students feel a bit more confident about entering high school with this kid-friendly site that addresses many common fears and anxieties. Topics include "Getting Prepared," "Bigger, Faster, More," "Small Fish Again," and "Get Extra-Curricular!" A printable journal page offers a structured way for kids to record their feelings and questions, while a reading list of adolescent fiction provides great suggestions for those who want to read more about the topic.

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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 (43)

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National Runaway Safeline

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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 (46)

In the Classroom

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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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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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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Apologizing

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Sometimes simple rules can guide us through life's more difficult tasks and learning to apologize is one of them. This site lists some steps to use when offering a ...more
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Sometimes simple rules can guide us through life's more difficult tasks and learning to apologize is one of them. This site lists some steps to use when offering a sincere apology, an important skill for parents as well as children.

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Pressure-proofing Your Kids

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This site presents information about how peer pressure can be exerted and tells parents what signs mean your child is most vulnerable. Included are simple suggestions parents can...more
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This site presents information about how peer pressure can be exerted and tells parents what signs mean your child is most vulnerable. Included are simple suggestions parents can use to counteract the negative effects of peer pressure, we wish this valuable information was more in depth.

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