TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Feb 14, 2021

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World's Largest Lesson - Project Everyone

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K to 12
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World's Largest Lesson provides resources for educators who teach students about 17 Global Goals created by the leaders of the 193 countries of the United Nations. Visit the Resources...more
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World's Largest Lesson provides resources for educators who teach students about 17 Global Goals created by the leaders of the 193 countries of the United Nations. Visit the Resources portion of the site to browse through the many activities. Narrow your search using the provided filters to locate information by grade level, topic, type of activity, and more. Downloadable lessons include complete directions, printable worksheets, and key questions highlighted during the lesson. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): cross cultural understanding (139), earth (178), energy (140), engineering (108), environment (230), inequalities (23), maps (216), STEM (214)

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Discover the many free educational resources found on this site to include with your lessons about global cultures, the environment, health, and technology. Use the activities and lessons found on the World's Largest Lesson to engage students in understanding and processing information related to serious global issues. Have students use a collaborative whiteboard tool such as Jamboard, reviewed here, to brainstorm solutions to problems using the sticky note feature or to create mind maps and flow charts to organize further research. Enhance learning by asking students to create an interactive, choose your own adventure story using StoryLab, reviewed here. Ask students to use information learned from their lessons to create a story that tells what happens if the earth continues on its current course vs. what happens when suggested changes are implemented.
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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 (121), cooking (31), dental health (15), fitness (50), independent reading (104), nutrition (136), sports (79)

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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Go Ask Alice! - Columbia Health

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7 to 12
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Go Ask Alice! answers participant-submitted questions on topics like alcohol, emotions, nutrition, relationships, and sexuality. Browse the Q & A category to find information on emotional...more
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Go Ask Alice! answers participant-submitted questions on topics like alcohol, emotions, nutrition, relationships, and sexuality. Browse the Q & A category to find information on emotional and mental health, relationships, alcohol, and more. Choose Fun Stuff to take several quick quizzes on sleep, stress, and nutrition. Stay up to date with the latest health news with resources located in the Health Info & Resources tab. This site includes mature discussions of sexuality, alcohol, and drugs so it is important to preview all information before sharing with students.

tag(s): adolescence (11), difficult conversations (38), drugs and alcohol (27), mental health (28), sexuality (15)

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Use Go Ask Alice! as a resource for teen health classes. Share the link with parents as a valuable resource for answering difficult questions related to teen health. Share with your school's counselors for use as a tool when discussing health issues with students.

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LifeSaver - The Resuscitation Council (UK)

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7 to 12
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Lifesaver is a crisis simulation that fuses interactivity and live-action film to teach how to help someone during a heart attack and CPR in a new way. View different crisis ...more
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Lifesaver is a crisis simulation that fuses interactivity and live-action film to teach how to help someone during a heart attack and CPR in a new way. View different crisis simulations while reacting within acceptable limits. Scores give feedback at the end of each scenario. In addition to the simulator activities, view answers to medical questions related to heart health, CPR, and choking by scrolling down to choices at the bottom of the home page. This simulator works on any device. However, the CPR demonstration does offer more ease in the free app versions than on a personal computer. This site was created in the UK. American English speakers may notice some slight spelling differences. Tip: you must check that you accept the terms to "Enter" the site!

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (165), heart (28), medicine (55)

In the Classroom

Use Lifesaver as part of your heart health unit. Allow students to explore the site and participate in simulations while challenging them to increase scores with continued play. Include it as part of a child care unit in FACS. Share with your school nurse or health professional for use with professional training sessions. Share this link on your class website for students to view (and share with families) at home. Download the free app available for all mobile devices for even better use of this site. Moving the app up and down to do CPR demonstrates the technique much better than options on a personal computer. For an extra research challenge, have students compare this UK-based CPR training with U.S. Red Cross or American Heart Association training to see if there are any differences.

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My Smile Kids - Delta Dental Insurance Company

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K to 5
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Delve into dental information with My Smile Kids! Learn about dental health as you explore games, stories, coloring pages, and the teeth of many different species! A glossary gives...more
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Delve into dental information with My Smile Kids! Learn about dental health as you explore games, stories, coloring pages, and the teeth of many different species! A glossary gives detailed dental illustrations with definitions. Find brushing and flossing tips. Learn ways to keep track of the days you have brushed. The interactive stories let you add a personal name to the story. Explore the Bingo, Match Up, Teeth Match, and Teeth Cleaning games for younger children. For older children, check out the Guess the Word, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, and the Dental Quiz. Click on "news" to find dental careers with information about becoming a dentist, dental assistant, hygienist, or dental lab technician.

tag(s): careers (132), dental health (15), preK (230)

In the Classroom

Have a mouthful of fun during Dental Health Month or any health unit on teeth! Have fun reading literature and poetry while exploring your tantalizing teeth! Add a taste more to your study of the senses, and watch children dig right in! Provide dental information for career day. Have students invent their own dental games. Students can create a quiz, guess a word, write a story, or even investigate career specialties.

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Iris the Dragon - Gayle Grass

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K to 6
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Iris the Dragon offers children's books to educate young children on mental health and wellness. The site has several FREE, downloadable e-books. There are other materials and offerings...more
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Iris the Dragon offers children's books to educate young children on mental health and wellness. The site has several FREE, downloadable e-books. There are other materials and offerings advertised on the site, but no purchase is needed to obtain the free e-Books. Topics include ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, School Anxiety, Anger, Worry, and more. Raise student awareness and empathy levels for differences in people inside and outside of class. A few e-books are also available in French. Fill in the simple form with your name, books desired, and how you plan to use the books. (No email address is necessary, but can be provided if you want email updates from the website.) There is no "wait" period. E-books are available for immediate use.
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tag(s): adhd (27), aspergers (5), autism (13), difficult conversations (38), ebooks (35), empathy (24), french (69), mental health (28), social and emotional learning (45), Special Needs (38)

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Download books from Iris the Dragon for use in mental health lessons or to address specific classroom concerns. Use books as a read-aloud and display on your interactive whiteboard or projector during class meetings. Again, use the books to raise student awareness and empathy levels for differences in people inside and outside of class. Print and laminate books for use in guided reading lessons. Share this site on your class website for students (and parents) to read together at home. You may want to use the books in conjunction with the Empathy video series and the activity Ripples of Kindness at Big Ideas Video Series, reviewed here.
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Depression Quest: An Interactive (non)Fiction Game - Zoe Quinn

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9 to 12
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Depression Quest is an interactive story/game that allows you to play the role of someone living with depression. Features include about 150 unique encounters with five endings demonstrating...more
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Depression Quest is an interactive story/game that allows you to play the role of someone living with depression. Features include about 150 unique encounters with five endings demonstrating how well you deal with your depression. The set up is similar to "Choose Your Own Adventure" type stories. Choose play to begin reading the first scenario. Choose from options offered with each portion of the interactive until reaching the conclusion to find out how you managed your life. There is an option to donate to this site, but the activity is free.

tag(s): mental health (28), psychology (63)

In the Classroom

Depression Quest would be excellent for use in high school health classes or even counselor sessions. Treat the topic with sensitivity, since you never know who may be struggling with depression. You will probably want to keep this topic as one of many options for student research and investigation. Try the interactive as a small group option to discuss scenarios and different options. Allow students to complete the activity on individual computers so they can answer individually. Possible have them replay the game to find what would happen if making different choices. Challenge students to create a presentation using Prezi (reviewed here) about depression and other mental health issues as part of a unit in health or psychology class. Share with your school's counselor for use with small groups.

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HHMI - BioInteractive - Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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8 to 12
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HHMI's BioInteractive five lab collection allows you to explore genetics, heart diseases, nerve cells, and the immune system without any mess to clean or supplies to buy! Learn about...more
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HHMI's BioInteractive five lab collection allows you to explore genetics, heart diseases, nerve cells, and the immune system without any mess to clean or supplies to buy! Learn about changing fly DNA or play the role of a doctor's intern to better understand how heart disease works. These activities have interactive lab areas with learning objectives, a notebooking area, quizzes, extra resources, and a help area. They are complete with teaching suggestions and learning objectives. The bacterial identification lab and immunology lab are even available as apps for your mobile devices. Some areas of this site require Shockwave.

tag(s): bacteria (22), body systems (40), flips (7), genetics (72), heart (28), human body (95)

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Spice up your life science or biology curriculum with these activities. Use them as dry labs prior to the hands-on or classroom "wet lab." Alternatively, they could be used as a substitute laboratory when supplies are low, if students are learning online or from a distance, or if students have ethical objections to using live specimens. Thinking about blended learning or flipping your classroom even just a little? These activities are great because they can take some of the practice typically done in class to the home setting, allowing you to further delve into student driven experiments and inquiry in the classroom.

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Animated Teeth: Dental Health Activities - animatedteeth.com

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K to 12
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This site is all about teeth! There are quizzes, picture diagrams (infographics), terms, definitions, and more. This site includes interactive quizzes for elementary, middle, and high...more
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This site is all about teeth! There are quizzes, picture diagrams (infographics), terms, definitions, and more. This site includes interactive quizzes for elementary, middle, and high school students. Some examples of topics include: Dentist Office, Cavity Prevention, Types of Teeth, Parts of the Mouth, Tongue Anatomy, Facial Anatomy, and others. All of the quizzes include options to learn more about the terms and definitions before taking the quiz.

tag(s): dental health (15)

In the Classroom

This is a fabulous site to use during Dental Health Month! Share the visuals (and quizzes) on your projector or interactive whiteboard. The activities and quizzes are divided into 3 levels (elementary, middle school, and high school). Find a topic/quiz that will work with your students. Challenge older students to investigate one of the topics presented at this site and create an interactive infographic using Canva Infographic Maker, reviewed here, to transform learning & share what their findings.

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Dental Health Resources - TeachersFirst

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students learn about dental health. Whether you plan a special unit or lesson on...more
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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students learn about dental health. Whether you plan a special unit or lesson on this topic for Dental Health Month or select from these resources for a related health unit, you will find useful ideas and strategies for students and adults to learn about healthy teeth and mouths.

tag(s): dental health (15)

In the Classroom

Be sure to share these resources with parents and your parent organization via your class or school web page during Dental Health Month (February) and back to school health checks. These resources will also be helpful when teaching lessons on teeth and bones as part of a Human Body unit.

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Be The Beat - heart.org - American Heart Association

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K to 10
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This teacher's area of "Be The Beat" provides music, a short "upbeat" video, printable posters (PDF), several Social Media Resources, and links to Additional Resources and Related Programs....more
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This teacher's area of "Be The Beat" provides music, a short "upbeat" video, printable posters (PDF), several Social Media Resources, and links to Additional Resources and Related Programs. This resource's intended use is to enhance current curriculum not create a new one from the materials presented here.

tag(s): heart (28), medicine (55)

In the Classroom

Use these resources in your health classes to help students understand the importance of heart health, CPR, and good emergency responses. Be sure to share the infographic found under Additional Resource to discuss the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest. Use these resources to prepare your class for Jump Rope for the Heart or the other opportunities provided in your community.

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Handsonscotland - Playfield Institute

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This site, designed in Scotland, is primarily for use by adults who have concerns about the behavior or emotional well being of children and teens. There are many topics full ...more
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This site, designed in Scotland, is primarily for use by adults who have concerns about the behavior or emotional well being of children and teens. There are many topics full of helpful advice and ways to respond to encourage children and young people's emotional wellbeing. Find A-Z topics on the right side of the top menu; they include everything from Anger and Anxiety, Depression/Low Mood, to Temper Tantrums. All topics include additional resource links and a few have video clips and activities. This site could also be useful for a high school health class, psychology class, or child development course. The site also offers "Anxiety Resource for education staff" and "Virtual workshop for parents and carer." The site is notable for its straightforward and non-judgmental tone.

tag(s): behavior (43), mental health (28)

In the Classroom

Consider sharing the video clips (relevant to your class) on an interactive whiteboard or projector. In health (or psychology) class have students investigate one topic and present their findings to the class in a multimedia format: wiki, blog, podcast, or video. Extend learning by having students create a podcast using Podomatic, reviewed here. They might even role-play some of the scenarios. Some may rather create a video (choice is good), share the videos using a site such as Teachertube, reviewed here.

While this site might be useful as a resource for a high school health, psychology, or child development class, its main benefit is for teachers, parents, and other adults who care for and work with children and teens. Consider adding this link to your class web page as a resource for parents or sharing specific ideas with parents at conferences.

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Mouth Healthy - American Dental Association

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K to 8
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Oral health topics are presented in an attention getting format that includes games, informative animations (require FLASH), hands on activities and printable student worksheets (require...more
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Oral health topics are presented in an attention getting format that includes games, informative animations (require FLASH), hands on activities and printable student worksheets (require Acrobat Reader). The a la carte lesson format makes it easy to use lessons individually or as a complete oral health unit. Animations and games/puzzle section are geared for the younger grades. The appropriate age levels for each of the sections are clearly labeled. There are also sections on dental careers.

tag(s): careers (132), dental health (15), hygiene (10)

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Provides comprehensive lesson plans with links to student worksheets that can be printed. Website is available in Spanish. Use a projector to show parts of the website to the whole class or use as a center for small groups of students.
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