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The President's Challenge

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Dating back to the 1950's, The President's Challenge is a motivating program that promotes physical activity to all Americans. Students take a pledge to do 30 minutes of activity, five...more
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Dating back to the 1950's, The President's Challenge is a motivating program that promotes physical activity to all Americans. Students take a pledge to do 30 minutes of activity, five times per week for six weeks. The website provides a log for students to record their activity and length of time. Once they have completed their six week challenge, they can submit their logs and earn rewards such as bronze, silver and gold medals and The President's Challenge badges. The site also provides a list of activities to choose from and information on the importance of physical fitness. Although the site mentions "Log-In," at the time of this review all features of the site were available without having to log-in.

tag(s): fitness (49)

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Challenge your individual classroom, school, or entire district to try The President's Challenge. Have younger students partner with older students to create a team affect. Classroom competitions such as jump rope contests, push-ups contests or silly relays can be loads of fun. Maintain statistics and results on the classroom homepage or district wide homepage. Students can record and maintain data on spreadsheets and present their findings with bar graphs and pictographs. Create a "Get Fit Wik" - a wiki for students to write about their weekly activities. Not familiar with wikis? Check out the TeachersFirst's Wiki Walk-Through. Provide this link on your class website for families to explore together.
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Get Active Stay Active - President's Challenge

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Couch potatoes, look out! This site encourages middle and high school students to get moving by providing them with resources that will motivate and encourage. Students can record their...more
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Couch potatoes, look out! This site encourages middle and high school students to get moving by providing them with resources that will motivate and encourage. Students can record their physical activity (measured in minutes or steps on a pedometer) in an on-line fitness journal. By racking up 60 minutes or more each day, students can qualify for prizes and awards. Teachers can even involve an entire class by registering online for the President's Challenge.

tag(s): fitness (49)

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P.A.C.E. Trek 2009: An Adventure in Alaska - Paul James Staso

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Ready or not - PACE Trek 2009 is coming soon. This challenge (created by a former 5th grade teacher), encourages students to get fit while virtually "racing" Paul James Staso. ...more
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Ready or not - PACE Trek 2009 is coming soon. This challenge (created by a former 5th grade teacher), encourages students to get fit while virtually "racing" Paul James Staso. The PACE Trek 2009 is FREE and open to school groups of all ages (or individuals). The challenge runs from April 20, 2009 to May 12, 2009. And this year, students can learn about Alaska during this challenge! Students will encounter the Arctic Circle, Canada's border, glaciers, Denali National Park, Alaskan wildlife, native villages, vast wilderness, and more. The website provides specific details and requirements for students in elementary, middle, and high school.

The PACE Trek 2009 challenge all began because of a promise that Paul James Staso made to his daughter's 5th grade class. Mr. Staso promised that he would run solo across the United States. During the summer of 2006, Mr. Staso ran the 3,260 miles that he had promised. There is a video included at the website that highlights his journey. Since then, Paul James Staso has begun to challenge students to get fit (and he even teaches geography during the trek). This website requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): alaska (25), fitness (49)

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For the PACE Trek 2009, classes need to walk or run every day during the 17-day challenge. This totals no more than 10-minutes per day. Registration is free. Click on your age group to read overall curriculum goals, expectations, and to register your "team". Why not include the challenge as a joint project between your Health/P.E. classes and geography curriculum?

Mr. Staso will also teach about the geography of Alaska as he travels. What a wonderful way to get your students excited about exercise. Now, get going!
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Let's Move - White House

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4 to 8
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The close relationship between promoting physical fitness and the White House can be followed through the many topics at this site: Learn the Facts, Eat Healthy, Get Active, Take Action,...more
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The close relationship between promoting physical fitness and the White House can be followed through the many topics at this site: Learn the Facts, Eat Healthy, Get Active, Take Action, and Join Us. Some of the more specific topics highlight how to limit TV time, the importance of trying new fruits and vegetables, planting a garden, and more.

tag(s): fitness (49), myplate (28), nutrition (154), presidents (131)

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Health and PE teachers can collaborate with classroom teachers and present White House-related health initiatives while students are learning about the presidency in the classroom. Challenge students to explore a specific area of this site and create a project to share with the class using a tool such as Prezi (reviewed here)
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Ballparks of Baseball

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4 to 12
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Here is a tribute to baseball as an essential part of American culture. Learn everything you every wanted to know about each of the Major League ballparks, from seating charts ...more
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Here is a tribute to baseball as an essential part of American culture. Learn everything you every wanted to know about each of the Major League ballparks, from seating charts to attendance figures, to the history behind former ballparks, you'll find it here. The site does include some minor advertisements. This site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): baseball (36), sports (97)

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Gearing up for baseball season? Share this site with your students in history, physical education, or other relevant classes.
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Baseball and Jackie Robinson: Early Baseball Pictures - Library of Congress

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Baseball and history fans will love this Library of Congress site with historical pictures that trace the heritage of our nation's pastime. Each page of pictures provides the historical...more
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Baseball and history fans will love this Library of Congress site with historical pictures that trace the heritage of our nation's pastime. Each page of pictures provides the historical context for the shot. The site also has a special presentation on Jackie Robinson and his historic breaking of baseball's color line.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), baseball (36)

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Share these authentic pictures with your students! Use this site to teach about baseball history, African-American history, and more.

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Life Expectancy Calculator - Peter Russell

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7 to 12
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Complete a quick exam to determine your virtual age and individual life expectancy. Watch the ages change with every answer. Nearly all answers SHOULD be known by students. The cholesterol...more
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Complete a quick exam to determine your virtual age and individual life expectancy. Watch the ages change with every answer. Nearly all answers SHOULD be known by students. The cholesterol and blood pressure levels may need to be determined as part of the "at home" portion of this lesson.

Be certain that students know this site provides information, but is mainly for fun. Discuss how someone can change their life expectancy and add more years to their life. The site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Use the quiz to identify factors that affect virtual age and life expectancy. What terrific way to launch your health unit! Use this list as starters for research and discussion in the classroom. Create newsletters or blog posts that outline steps to increasing health and longevity. Analyze family members or student body to determine factors that affect most people. Create a campaign to increase the health of those in your family, school, or community.
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TeachersFirst: Lesson Ideas for Lincoln - TeachersFirst

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For Lincoln's birthday or any time of year, here are ideas to better acquaint students with the life, times, and work of the 16th president of the United States. These ...more
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For Lincoln's birthday or any time of year, here are ideas to better acquaint students with the life, times, and work of the 16th president of the United States. These ideas feature both technology-enhanced lessons and non-tech experiences. Choose from the lesson titles (sorted by level) to find lesson ideas best suited to your students and the subjects you teach.

tag(s): civil war (145), debate (41), lincoln (86), presidents (131)

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No matter what subject you teach, you can find something to fit in your plans for Presidents Day or the Lincoln Bicentennial. Use these ideas and adapt at will. You can even email an idea to your teacher colleague to save a friend time!

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HeartPoint - HeartPoint

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HeartPoint has created this site that takes a creative approach to teaching students (and adults) about the heart, heart functions, and heart problems. Highlights include "Foods You...more
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HeartPoint has created this site that takes a creative approach to teaching students (and adults) about the heart, heart functions, and heart problems. Highlights include "Foods You Will Love" and "Health Tips". Be sure to visit the "HeartPoint Gallery" for detailed pictures, descriptions and other information.

tag(s): heart (43), nutrition (154)

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FCS and health teachers can use this site for student research or scavenger hunts about the heart. The recipe section would be great for FCS classes learning to plan healthy menus. Health/PE classes studying life habits and disease will find lots of information on cardiac conditions and prevention.

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nrgBalance - Penn State Hershey

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K to 12
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This informative website offers teachers, students, and parents ideas about how to get fit and be healthy. The focus of the site is 1-2-3-4-5: 1 hour of physical activity, 2 ...more
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This informative website offers teachers, students, and parents ideas about how to get fit and be healthy. The focus of the site is 1-2-3-4-5: 1 hour of physical activity, 2 hours (or less) of screen time (TV or computer), 3 meals a day, 4 or more glasses of water daily, and 5 servings of fruits and/or vegetables each day. There are also links to help you stay healthy during the holidays, contests, the Learning Center with several webcasts (with full screen options), and more! This site requires Adobe Acrobat and Flash. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): obesity (19)

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Share the webcasts in your health and physical education classes using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Try some of the contests as a class. Challenge students to make one of the five suggested changes in the 1-2-3-4-5 project. Why not try one of the changes each month from January through May? Have students create a class wiki to keep track of their successes (and failures) during the challenge. At New Year's, this is a great site to share for resolutions!
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EnviroMysteries - Maryland Public Television

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6 to 10
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This must-see site, created by Maryland Public Television, offers some excellent interactive activities and lesson plans all about environmental mysteries (asthma triggers, causes of...more
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This must-see site, created by Maryland Public Television, offers some excellent interactive activities and lesson plans all about environmental mysteries (asthma triggers, causes of cancer, food contamination, water borne illness, and others). An excellent addition to a science, health, or physical education class, this site discusses the importance of exercise, effects of mold, how food can get contaminated, and more. The site includes a link for Inside Stories that includes interactive stories about four environmental mysteries (all involving the fictional gym: Reps). The lesson plans include national standards in science, health, language arts, math, and working with others. Lesson ideas are geared for middle grades but could easily be adapted for early high school. They also have video "tie-ins," and lots of details. Some of the activities require Flash and Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Share the Inside Stories on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Or have students work with a partner to navigate the stories. Have students offer a solution at the end of the story. Check out the ready to go lesson plans. Have your students do research about environmental illnesses and create a wiki or blog discussing the causes and solutions. Have your students create video clips or podcasts about these and other environmental mysteries. Upload the videos to YouTube or TeacherTube (explained here).
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Health Assist - HealthAssist.net

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6 to 12
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Confused about the information and myths about health and nutrition? Use this site to gain valuable information about a wide variety of topics. Find articles in categories such as "Food,"...more
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Confused about the information and myths about health and nutrition? Use this site to gain valuable information about a wide variety of topics. Find articles in categories such as "Food," "Health Conditions," "Remedies and Therapies," "Health Tips," "Health Products," and "Tools and Lists." View a "Tip of the Day," "Latest Articles," "Interesting Health Facts," and "Latest Health News." Click on the abstract of an article of your choice to read the entire article. Sources and References are included.

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

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Students can brainstorm health and nutrition concerns among their class and then work in groups to obtain information and dispel myths. Students can survey their class or school to obtain information on what students their age know. Have groups present information to the class learned through the survey and research on the site. Additionally, students can create a newsletter for the class, school, or community or publish information to a wiki or blog. Students can also create a goal for personal wellness and health. Their action plan can use relevant facts and information from this site. For example, students can research TV viewing habits, habits that can make a person fat, and identifying unhealthy food.

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Gateway to the Summer Games - EdGate

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2 to 8
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Bring the spirit of the games into your classroom! These nicely designed lesson plans, organized by grade level, address topics including characteristics of the ancient games, national...more
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Bring the spirit of the games into your classroom! These nicely designed lesson plans, organized by grade level, address topics including characteristics of the ancient games, national anthems and customs, and women in the Olympic arena. Fun Olympic facts, information on health and exercise, and creative activities for learning about life in ancient Greece are also provided. Although these activities were originally created for the 2004 Olympics, nearly all of the information is applicable to any year of Olympic events (specifically, the summer Olympics). Some of the lesson plans and other activities require Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): greece (26), olympics (47)

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Use this information to enhance your Olympic unit. The lesson plans and activities require very little preparation. Challenge your students to research the various countries that have hosted the Olympics in the past and create multimedia presentations to share on your interactive whiteboard or projector.

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Zunal WebQuest Maker - FREE - Zafer Unal, PhD

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2 to 12
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Have you been pining to include pertinent webquests in your curriculum? This site allows you to view already created webquests and/or use their online tool to create your own webquest...more
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Have you been pining to include pertinent webquests in your curriculum? This site allows you to view already created webquests and/or use their online tool to create your own webquest without HTML code or web editor software. This site walks you through a tutorial on creating your own webquest for the parameters YOU want. The tutorial includes planning, building, and getting your webquest published. Best of all-- it is free. This site also includes ready-made webquests in nearly every subject area (math, art, music, social studies, science, etc.) submitted by others like you. There are webquests for all grade level. The webquests are free to use and many include reviews by other educators. An easy to follow webquest matrix is available, with all of the subjects and grade levels. You are also able to do a webquest search for a specific topic. Nearly all of the webquests are in English, but a few are in other languages. Note: the quality of webquests is completely determined by others using the site to create webquests, so PREVIEW before using any webquest in class.

tag(s): calories (9), colors (79), money (193), presidents (131), pyramids (29)

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Search the multitude of webquests that are "ready to go" at this site. If you are looking for a more personal touch, you can create your own webquest for each class, tailored to what you want to cover or want students to research. This site also provides a place to post a personal portfolio of your work (if you choose to include any student work, you must have written permission to do so from the student and his or her parent). You might also want students to create webquests as final products of group research projects. Be sure to provide a meaningful rubric for the essential features.

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Art Junction - Universtiy of Florida

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2 to 10
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This is a colorful art education site that also speaks to non-art teachers. The site shares project ideas that incorporate self-expression. It also has lots of information about helping...more
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This is a colorful art education site that also speaks to non-art teachers. The site shares project ideas that incorporate self-expression. It also has lots of information about helping children learn to draw and paint. The site features a neat chart of the developmental stages of artistic output. In addition to art "projects," there are exercises to help children think more creatively and training exercises to look at things from multiple points of view and find unusual view of the everyday. There are also lesson plans, specific links and activities for kids and "Art Education 2.0" (for teachers who want to collaborate with other teachers). One project that's particularly appealing is "Community Stories." Schools share art projects and culture from around the world as they describe their schools and communities. Some of the activities require Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): creativity (109), critical thinking (108)

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Find an art project to accompany your current unit or try the "Community Stories" link to reach out to communities you have learned about through the ESL students in your school or your world language studies.
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Eat Better America - General Mills

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Load up the facts about nutrition, dieting, and fitness at this site. Articles on health-related issues feature up-to-date information for you and your students. ...more
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Load up the facts about nutrition, dieting, and fitness at this site. Articles on health-related issues feature up-to-date information for you and your students.

tag(s): cooking (34), fitness (49), nutrition (154)

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Sign up for the newsletter for the latest health news. Family and Consumer Science teachers, take the suggestion from this site to "healthify" recipes and have your students doing their own "healthifying." Health/PE teachers might want to share this resources from their teacher web page as a reference or for fitness research projects (especially the ones you assign when students are unable to participate in gym class).

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Spatulatta: Cooking 4 Kids Online - Spatulatta LLC.

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2 to 8
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The subtitle of this site, Cooking 4 Kids Online, says it all. From hundreds of "video recipes" to kid hosts, opportunities to submit your own recipes as Remote Reporters, ...more
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The subtitle of this site, Cooking 4 Kids Online, says it all. From hundreds of "video recipes" to kid hosts, opportunities to submit your own recipes as Remote Reporters, featured recipes including healthy snacks, information about cooking utensils and supplies, lessons in cooking basics, and up to date previews of upcoming sections, this site motivates kids to learn to cook and eat in a healthy manner. You can teach basic weights and measures using healthy foods. Clever section titles make even eating veggies attractive to all kids.This site requires Quicktime. Get it from the Teacher's First Toolbox TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): cooking (34), nutrition (154)

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Use this site as a resource during your unit on nutrition or in your FCS Foods class. Share the link on your teacher web page for access in and out of class. Encourage students to share the recipes at home and offer a class contest for the best healthy snack recipe. The prize: the class will submit the winning choice to the web site! If your PTO/PTA sponsors after school clubs, this site could be the core content for a great one.

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Bulletin Board Hang Ups - TeachersFirst

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2 to 12
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TeachersFirst provides this collection of printable quotations, ready for your classroom or bulletin board. Inspire, engage, or challenge your students to think with quotes from famous...more
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TeachersFirst provides this collection of printable quotations, ready for your classroom or bulletin board. Inspire, engage, or challenge your students to think with quotes from famous leaders, sports figures, thinkers, and writers. This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): bulletin boards (16), quotations (23)

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They look great printed on brightly colored paper! As an opening day activity, challenge small groups of students to interpret the quote hanging closest to them and predict how it may be important in your course this year. For younger students, ask them to write a paraphrase or to illustrate the quote. Be sure to change the quotes periodically and give a prize to the first student who notices. Or give a pop-quiz during the last week of school, asking students to recall as many of the year's quotes as they can (working in small groups will probably help). If you have classroom blogs, ask students to choose and reflect on a specific quote and its relevance to your class throughout the past year.
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SIKids - Sports Illustrated for Kids &CNN

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3 to 8
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All about sports: top sports news stories, sports polls, displays of readers' artwork, AND MORE, this site is sure to appeal to those reluctant readers and any sports lover. Users ...more
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All about sports: top sports news stories, sports polls, displays of readers' artwork, AND MORE, this site is sure to appeal to those reluctant readers and any sports lover. Users can get up-to-date statistics from the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NBA. Readers can enjoy sports jokes.This site requires Flash. Get them from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): drawing (78), news (261), sports (97)

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Share this site on your teacher web page or classroom desktop for fast student access to sport statistics and a way to submit creative works. Use sports statistics for math practice and to teach graphing or data organization skills. Use the sports stories as non-fiction examples for reading comprehension. Share a Top Story on your interactive whiteboard as you ask students to highlight parts of speech, cause-effect words, main idea, and more. Suddenly your students will actually READ!
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Encourage fitness for the digital natives, using a high-tech tool they will love! Log It is a site that encourages physical activity by allowing students to keep a record ...more
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Encourage fitness for the digital natives, using a high-tech tool they will love! Log It is a site that encourages physical activity by allowing students to keep a record of the steps they walk each day. Other benefits include allowing them to participate in a virtual walk across the U.S. with other students, set up their own goals, or participate in class goals set up by the teacher. Both students themselves and their teachers can register their miles at school or from home! Though the site introducation mentions elementary and middle school students, it also says college classes and corporations are welcome to join, as well.

With this site, students become aware of their daily physical activity and also participate in group competitions within their classroom or participate in one of several competitions across the U.S. The site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

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Teachers must register their school and their class first before students can participate. Be sure to get parent permission before allowing students to register and plan for the logistics of letting students enter their miles. Help your students register and set individual or classroom goals. Make it a competition with the homeroom next door or throughout your school. Be sure to put this link and log-in information on your teacher web page for students, parents, and others to access outside of class.
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