TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Apr 12, 2020

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Sports Resources - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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Explore this editor's choice collection of resources related to sports. This is a perfect list to share during football season, baseball season, the Olympics, or anytime throughout...more
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Explore this editor's choice collection of resources related to sports. This is a perfect list to share during football season, baseball season, the Olympics, or anytime throughout the year. Read the descriptions to find out whether a site sounds right for what you want to know. Don't miss the "In the classroom" ideas for specific projects, activities, lessons, and ideas. There are also additional links to all of TeachersFirst's resources tagged sports, and special topics pages for Olympics and more.

tag(s): baseball (37), olympics (51), sports (100)

In the Classroom

This collection includes resources for all grades. Each review includes several classroom use ideas. These are excellent tools to use to study science, math, and more! Save (or bookmark) this list for students to use to review tough concepts. Explore the activities suggested.

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The Crossfit Kids Startup Curriculum - Jon Gary and Todd Widman

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K to 12
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The Crossfit Kids Startup Curriculum is a printable handbook containing two months of suggested physical training for students in Pre-K through high school. In addition to the training...more
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The Crossfit Kids Startup Curriculum is a printable handbook containing two months of suggested physical training for students in Pre-K through high school. In addition to the training suggestions, this guide also includes valuable checklists and developmental milestone information broken down by age categories.

tag(s): fitness (55), preK (288)

In the Classroom

Use information from this manual as a guide for developing physical fitness and skills with students. Share this information with your school's physical education teacher. Include a link to this site on your class website for parent viewing at home. Have students upload a photo they have taken when exercising and add an to explanation about how this improves physical fitness using a tool such as Add Text, reviewed here. Have students create an online graph using ChartGizmo, reviewed here, to document physical activity over the course of a month.
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BAM! Body and Mind - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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1 to 7
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BAM takes the notion of "fitness made simple" to a new level while making fitness, safety, and disease prevention engaging for kids. The Centers for Disease Control provides a wealth...more
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BAM takes the notion of "fitness made simple" to a new level while making fitness, safety, and disease prevention engaging for kids. The Centers for Disease Control provides a wealth of colorful, visual, and interactive resources for children looking to maintain healthy, fit lifestyles. Sharing information on diseases, food, nutrition, physical activity, safety, and the changing body and mind through children's lingo, articles, and interactives. Access all interactives through the left-hand navigational menu, making it easy for kids to find information. A prominent search box in the upper right-hand corner returns links to articles in the whole CDC site, not just BAM. A teachers' corner provides ideas for integrating these activities into the classroom. Because of some of the mature or disturbing nature of the information, e.g. deadly diseases, be sure to preview materials.

tag(s): bullying (48), child development (26), dental health (20), diseases (78), human body (130), mental health (32), nutrition (168), safety (88)

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BAM is packed with interesting content and engaging activities. Use BAM with the whole class to teach a particular health or science topic using an interactive whiteboard or projector. Small groups and individual students can browse through the sections and play the interactives. Assign specific areas for students to complete at school or home as part of blended or flipped classrooms. Many downloadable handouts are available for classrooms with limited tech.
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Shape America - Shape America

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K to 12
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Shape America is the home page for professionals involved in school-based health, physical education, and physical activity. Their comprehensive site offers information and guidelines...more
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Shape America is the home page for professionals involved in school-based health, physical education, and physical activity. Their comprehensive site offers information and guidelines for physical education, dance, and early childhood education. Choose the Standards & Guidelines link to view national standards for health, dance, physical education, and sport.

tag(s): dance (26), fitness (55), sports (100)

In the Classroom

Bookmark and share this site with your school's physical education teacher and coaches. Share a link to the physical activity guidelines on your class website as information for parents. Share this site with older students as part of any health unit, ask them to create a home health plan based on guidelines provided on the site.
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CurriConnects Booklist: Taking Care of Me - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This collection of books is all about getting students healthy! Read books about healthy habits and personal wellness. This collection of mostly fiction offerings includes books about...more
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This collection of books is all about getting students healthy! Read books about healthy habits and personal wellness. This collection of mostly fiction offerings includes books about eating healthy, staying healthy, fitness, wellness, and healthy approaches to sports. This list is especially deep in offerings for upper elementary and middle school students. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles''''® to match student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. For more on text complexity and Lexiles''''®, see this information from the Lexile Framework. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly. If your library does not have the books, try interlibrary loan!

tag(s): book lists (135), cooking (35), dental health (20), fitness (55), independent reading (115), nutrition (168), sports (100)

In the Classroom

This collection could accompany a unit in health, science, or physical education. These books provide experience with both fiction and nonfiction informational texts. They often require students to draw inferences about the "facts." Allow students (or partners) to choose their own book. Share this list with your school library/media specialist or public library, as well, for them to "pull" books in support of your science/social studies units. Extend the experience by having students create visual presentations of the concepts they learn. Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi, reviewed here, or Zoho Show, (similar to Powerpoint, but easier and free) - reviewed here.

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Young Men's Health - Boston Children's Hospital

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5 to 12
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Young Men's Health provides researched health information for boys and young men. Browse through health guides in alphabetical order or review topics such as Nutrition & Fitness, General...more
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Young Men's Health provides researched health information for boys and young men. Browse through health guides in alphabetical order or review topics such as Nutrition & Fitness, General Health, and Emotional Health. Preview all information before sharing with students. This site contains specific information relating to teen health including sexual questions. Preview before you share with students!

tag(s): adolescence (12), fitness (55), mental health (32), nutrition (168)

In the Classroom

Share this resource with parents and school counselors dealing with teen issues. Use articles and information from the site as part of any health unit.

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Center for Young Women's Health - Boston Children's Hospital

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7 to 12
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Receive quality health information at the Center for Young Women's Health geared toward female teens. Browse this reference site for quizzes and parent guides, as well as health guides...more
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Receive quality health information at the Center for Young Women's Health geared toward female teens. Browse this reference site for quizzes and parent guides, as well as health guides divided into topics such as Nutrition & Fitness, Sexuality & Health, Health & Development, Gynecology, and Emotional Health. Click the Parents link to find many articles and guides for discussing teen health issues. This site contains specific information relating to teen health including sexual questions so it is suggested that you preview all information before sharing with students.

tag(s): adolescence (12), fitness (55), mental health (32), nutrition (168)

In the Classroom

Share this resource with parents and school counselors dealing with teen issues. Use articles and information from the site as part of any health unit.

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Healthy Hopping - University of Illinois Extension

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K to 5
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Healthy Hopping provides information on staying healthy by jump roping and eating healthy snacks. Learn how to do jump rope stunts along with rhymes and games. Choose from several snack...more
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Healthy Hopping provides information on staying healthy by jump roping and eating healthy snacks. Learn how to do jump rope stunts along with rhymes and games. Choose from several snack ideas that provide energy through good nutrition. Although quite simple in its appearance, Healthy Hopping offers many great suggestions for learning jump roping skills and healthy snacking.

tag(s): fitness (55), nutrition (168)

In the Classroom

Share Healthy Hopping with your school's Physical Education teacher as you work together to teach any health and nutrition unit. Challenge students to learn different jump rope stunts and practice during recess. Share nutritious snack ideas with parents, ask them to provide different snacks to your class each week. This is an ideal site to share during JumpRope for the Heart (if your school participates). You might even want to organize a PTO/PTA jump rope night and invite families to bring in healthy snacks. Share these ideas with your fellow teachers to fight childhood obesity.
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This works great with the Jump Rope for Heart Program! Robin, FL, Grades: 0 - 12

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Arts Alive - Dance - ArtsAlive

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4 to 12
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Build your understanding about the art of dance. Find engaging and interactive resources, videos, games and learning tools. Enjoy the information about the history of dance and biographies...more
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Build your understanding about the art of dance. Find engaging and interactive resources, videos, games and learning tools. Enjoy the information about the history of dance and biographies of hundreds of dancers and choreographers. Read the advice for how to become a professional dancer. The videos use Quick Time. There is a Your Turn section where you can compose in a Virtual Dance Studio and quiz yourself about dance, anatomy, and health-related topics. This site is from Canada. Some spellings may differ from American English.

tag(s): biographies (92), dance (26)

In the Classroom

This site would be of special interest to students who are thinking about a career as a dancer. Other uses for this site would be P.E. classes completing a dance unit, a health class when looking at different forms of exercise, drama classes wanting to incorporate dance into a play, and language arts students looking for biographies to read. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector or include it as one of several options for student projects. Ask students to document their learning by writing blog posts using a tool like Telegra.ph, reviewed here. With Telegra.ph you just click on an icon to upload images from your computer, add a YouTube or Vimeo, or Twitter links. This blog creator requires no registration. Students who complete the Your Turn activities can publish them in a portfolio using Mahara, reviewed here.

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Arthur Family Health - PBS Kids

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K to 2
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Come along with Arthur and friends and explore Peanut Allergies, Fitness, Nutrition, Resilience, and Asthma. Browse the topics and resources to find entertaining and engaging resources....more
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Come along with Arthur and friends and explore Peanut Allergies, Fitness, Nutrition, Resilience, and Asthma. Browse the topics and resources to find entertaining and engaging resources. Explore the interactives, quizzes, video clips, tips for both kids and adults, and more. There are also suggested books and a lesson plan with each topic. Some of the topics include suggested apps for mobile devices.

tag(s): fitness (55), nutrition (168)

In the Classroom

Share videos and activities with students on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Allow students to explore using classroom computers. Use the included lesson plans as part of a nutrition or fitness unit or when discussing health issues of classmates. Use the resilience lesson during class meeting time. Be sure to include a link on your class website or newsletter and share with parents. Teachers, in addition to parents, guidance counselors, and nurses could find this site very useful.
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GoNoodle - Health Teacher, Inc

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K to 5
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Give yourself a brain break using the interactive classroom resources at GoNoodle. These activities promote health, fitness, and mindfulness and are based on cutting edge research....more
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Give yourself a brain break using the interactive classroom resources at GoNoodle. These activities promote health, fitness, and mindfulness and are based on cutting edge research. (See the White Paper to learn more about the research.) These engaging games and activities provide short bursts of movement leading to improved focus and energy within the classroom. Create an account and choose a class mascot. Choose from all brain breaks or narrow your search to a certain activity type: YouTube options, Zumba Kids, etc. Some options are for paid memberships only. None of the games takes longer than five minutes. While most of these are physical tasks, a few are mental/logic activities. Time required for the activity is shown with each option. Registration does require an email address. If your district blocks YouTube, some activities may not be viewable.

tag(s): classroom management (146), fitness (55), logic (240), preK (288)

In the Classroom

Share these short activities on your projector or interactive whiteboard for your entire class to view together. Bookmark and save GoNoodle as a before class (or before the bell) activity, perfect for those long winter days inside. These would be great activities as you head into high stakes tests. When your class needs to refocus, use GoNoodle as a short brain break. Use GoNoodle to motivate and reward class accomplishments. Share with learning support teachers (or emotional or autistic support) for use in motivating and reinforcing behaviors with their students.
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My students and I love using GoNoodle for brain breaks. GoNoodle tracks your minutes for you and your mascot "grows" as you use the site. Paula, LA, Grades: 3 - 5
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Science of Golf - NBC Universal Media, LLC

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6 to 12
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Bring Physics concepts into focus with videos (and lesson plans) about golf. Topics included range from the Math of Golf Scoring to Water Conservation to Volume, Displacement & Buoyancy...more
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Bring Physics concepts into focus with videos (and lesson plans) about golf. Topics included range from the Math of Golf Scoring to Water Conservation to Volume, Displacement & Buoyancy and more! Click any video to bring it up in a "cue card" you can "flip" to read a summary and key terms. There is also a transcript tab. Open full screen from the card view. Although the larger NBC Learn site requires a subscription, this area is free.
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tag(s): conservation (118), energy (207), friction (13), sports (100), STEM (219), water (137)

In the Classroom

Be sure to place this link on your classroom page for students to view the videos and build their understanding of physics concepts. Show these videos at the beginning of a new unit or to reinforce a concept just learned. Share the video on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Encourage your students to create their own investigations into golf or another sport. Measure or record golf swings, etc. to further show understanding of the material. Be sure to view videos on how the understanding of physics has led to better golf equipment! This is STEM applied to sports, a topic sure to interest many students.
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Virtual Swim - Virtual-swim.com

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Virtual Swim offers a three dimensional approach to swimming body movements. From butterfly to freestyle, this module offers swimming animations of real Olympic swimmers at different...more
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Virtual Swim offers a three dimensional approach to swimming body movements. From butterfly to freestyle, this module offers swimming animations of real Olympic swimmers at different speeds and different angles. The site is extremely valuable and fun to manipulate with the animations provided! This offers a great real world connection to the universe of physics. This could be great for swimming coaches and physical education teachers alike. Students more interested in athletics than science might be hooked into studying principles of motion through these animations.

While the site offers custom animation for FREE, there is a cost if you choose to send in a video of yourself swimming both above and below the water surface. Depending how involved you become with using this site, this is not at all necessary, but it is an option.
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tag(s): human body (130), motion (71), sports (100), waves (22)

In the Classroom

Share this site on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Try using this tool in your physics class to analyze motion, to reinforce Newton's Laws, and to explore Bernoulli's principle. Divide your class into teams and have them swim to the head of the class by assigning each group a different stroke and have them explain how the stroke demonstrates Newton's first and third law. Assist students in gathering numerical data to calculate force using Newton's second law. On a more simple level, when using this website in physical education, use the site to demonstrate the proper form for each of the strokes available on the site. Have students share the science of motion in their sport of interest. For example, what do runners do to minimize wind resistance at the start of a race?
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Disney Healthy Living - Kids - Disney

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K to 7
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Use Disney's Healthy Living for kids to learn more about different foods and energy. Follow characters through challenges and quizzes to learn about balancing food, portion control,...more
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Use Disney's Healthy Living for kids to learn more about different foods and energy. Follow characters through challenges and quizzes to learn about balancing food, portion control, recipes, healthy habits (proper hand-washing), and exercise for a healthy lifestyle. Directions are spoken and written for many types of learners. View the orientation video clip to learn more about this interactive site!

tag(s): fitness (55), hygiene (13), myplate (27), nutrition (168)

In the Classroom

Use this as an introduction to a unit on nutrition or as a follow up to review what students have learned. Create a healthy living campaign at your school through creating posters, newsletters, and mini lessons that when added up can make big changes. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Web Poster Wizard, reviewed here, or PicLits, reviewed here. Have students keep track of what they eat and compare diets to make recommendations for change. Consider creating a campaign of pledges that students and parents can take for healthier living.
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