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This website encourages students, parents and educators reports of harm, or risk of harming, of products purchased. This website was mandated by Congress under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and provides an easy-to-use searchable database for safety information on products people own or may be considering buying.

School Wellness Kit:
The National Dairy Council is offering a free school wellness activation kit for teachers. Its are designed to help students make positive changes in eating and exercise habits, and can also support your school's wellness policy goals.

Food Reference Website: is an information website - all about food.  Long articles about food, short facts and trivia, cooking tips, recipes etc.  You will also find the most complete listing of Food Festivals from around the world, a Today in Food History calendar, Cookbook Reviews, thousands of quotes about food, and other fun stuff like food crosswords, poetry and humor and much, much more. 

Firefighters Recipes Cookbook:
Where better to look for recipes to cater to hearty appetites? Unfortunately its leftovers database doesn't work all that well, so
you're best off browsing through categories like casseroles, soups, pork, chili, etc.

Encyclopedia of Children's Health:
"The Encyclopedia of Children's Health is composed of in-depth articles that cover various medical conditions, disorders, and pediatric diseases, and contains a section about behavioral, physical, and cognitive development." the encyclopedias also contain users' contribution sections which are moderated daily.

Link to Surfnet Kids: Nutrition provokes children's thinking about healthy food and a healthy environment. The Web site includes resources for teachers. It is operated by the Rodale Institute of Pennsylvania, which advocates "regenerative food systems that renew environmental hand human health," including organic arming. The Website is updated weekly with new suggested activities and lessons.

This is a free curriculum developed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Honeywell. It is designed to help families and educators prevent child abduction through commonsense rules.

Infection Detection Protection:
"Microbes are the oldest form of life on Earth. Some types have existed for billions of years. These single-cell organisms are invisible to the eye, but they can be seen with microscopes. Microbes live in the water you drink, the food you eat, and the air you breathe. Right now, billions of microbes are swimming in your belly and crawling on your skin. Don't worry, over 95% of microbes are harmless." This entire exhibit (from the American Museum of Natural History) is fabulous, including the Shockwave games with names like Bacteria in the Cafeteria and Infection!
Developed by the American Society for Microbiology, introduces middle school students to microbiology with colorful images and friendly text. They even have a special section on hand washing. There are also science experiments for home or classroom, and the career section.

Microbe Zoo:
Using a zoo metaphor, Microbe Zoo explores microbe ecology, the study of microbes in their environment. Created for upper-elementary and middle school students, the site is divided into five environments: Animal Pavilion, DirtLand, Snack Bar, Space Adventure and Waterworld.

U.S. Surgeon General's Family History Initiative:
The US Surgeon General Richard Carmona is encouraging families to record their health histories to create a "Family Health Portrait." A free computer program is available to help you build a family tree and to identify common illnesses. For those who prefer pen and paper, you can print out a copy of the information (available in English and Spanish).

Knowing which diseases run in the family can help younger family members make sure they are screened for these disease or to make beneficial changes in their lifestyles.

Stadiums of the NFL:
This site documents all NFL stadiums--past, present and future.
Each stadium listed features statistics on opening dates, capacity and cost. There's also an in-depth "biography" describing the conditions of the stadium.

Baseball Poetry and Songs:
This is just one part of the Baseball Almanac's extraordinarily rich resources. There's lots more baseball poetry besides "Casey at the Bat", including some by Richard Armour, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Ogden Nash ("D is for Dean, The grammatical Diz, When they asked, Who's the tops? Said correctly, I is"), and many more.

Public Health Image Library:
Search by keyword for photos, illustrations, animations, and audiovisual resources related to public health.

National Institute of Mental Health:

NutritionSource: Harvard School of Public Health:
"A lot of confusing information about nutrition gets batted about in the media and certain health circles, making it very hard to know what to eat. The Nutrition Source will cut through all that, providing clear tips for healthy eating and dispelling a few nutrition myths along the way. And you won't just find out what you should eat, but why."

All Recipes: Kids:
With 1250 recipes, the kid section of All Recipes is huge. The layout is packed with features such as nutrition details, recipe scaling, recipe emailing, and printing in a variety of formats including 3"x5" and 4"x6" cards. If you sign up for a free membership, you'll be able to store your favorites in a personal recipe box. Writitng can be integrated into the kitchen experience by submitting recipe reviews after you become a member. For the very easiest recipes and articles about cooking with kids, look in Kids as Chefs.

Easy Kid Recipes:
"Mom chef" Clarissa shares her dual passions of kids and food with this easy-to-navigate recipe collection. In addition to the expected (such as sections devoted to Breakfast and Easy Lunches), Clarissa has four recipes for pet treats, and ten for play dough. There are also her free monthly newsletter, articles (including one on homemade baby food) and popsicle recipes.

Just Kid Recipes:
With headings like Gross, Fun, and Frozen Treats, kids are sure to find many recipes to delight them among the 410 at Just Kid Recipes. For example, berry blue Jello with suspended gummy fish is called a Jello Aquarium. Think of how cute this will look in individual clear plastic cups at a birthday party! Each recipe page has a link to a printable version (sans ads and menu items) at the bottom.

American Experience: Influenza 1918:
The influenza outbreak of 1918 killed over 600,000 Americans "until it disappeared as mysteriously as it had begun." Created as a companion site to the PBS film of the same name, it includes features not found in the movie, and a teachers guide.

AMNH: Infection, Detection, Prevention:
"Microbes are the oldest form of life on Earth. Some types have existed for billions of years." This multimedia site from American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) explains microbes and bacteria and the role they play in infection. There are interactive games sprinkled throughout the site, and a chapter titled "How Lou Got the Flu." Prevention Convention includes ten tips for staying healthy. For a two-page color-it-yourself version of the tips, look for the Print & Color link at the bottom of the page.

Infection Detection Protection:

Colgate-Palmolive Kids World:

Eric Weihenmayer:

Celebrate Humanity 1002:

MarcoPolo Does a Body Good:

Publications Reading Room:

Let the Games Begin:

National Public Radio - Double Amputee Who Runs NYC Marathon:

BAM! Body and Mind!:

Ancient Egyptian Sports:

Promoting Better Health through Sports:

Sport Science:

Girl Power:

National Public Radio - Ice Hockey for Amputees:

Dancing Wheels - Two different videos may be downloaded on this page

Wheelchair Basketball - Teacher Guide

Football by Louis Jenkins:

About Faces:

Powerful Girls Have Powerful Bones:

Drinking Water for Kids:

Steering for Steroids:

Computer Ergonomics for Elementary School:

Kids' Quest on Disability and Health:

Virtual Race for the Cure:

Holocaust Survivor, Martin Weiss Carries Olympic Torch:

Nazi Olympics, 1936, Berlin

Food and Drug Administration - Kids:

Real Story of the Ancient Olympic Games:

Along for the Ride - Audios and Videos

Classroom Olympics:

Get It Straight:


Kidd Safety:

Marijuana: Facts for Teens:

Neato Mosquito - Order free curriculum or download:

Food Detectives Fight BACteria:

USDA for Kids:

Dietary Guidelines for Americans:

Baseball Cards

Jackie Robinson

Casey at the Bat - Video

Belly Dancing - Video

Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger

FOOD TIMELINE: is designed as a free tool to help high school students select a major by engaging them in a brief interview about their achievements, values and interests. After recommending the six best undergraduate majors for the student to consider, he or she can then click on the recommendations for more complete information on the major, including a description of the major, the courses one might take in the major, a listing of employment possibilities, as well as links to interesting Web sites related to the major.

Star Sleeper Homepage:
Games, a printable Funpad, create your own comic strip, screensavers and wall paper

NutritionData's Nutrition Facts Analyzer:
"generates nutrition facts labels and provides simplified nutritional analyses for all foods and recipes." Includes a nutritional profile of every menu item at 14 fast food chains. Its nutrient search tool allows
you to find foods that are highest (or lowest) in specific dietary nutrients.

Ice Cream in a Baggie
1 gallon baggie
sandwich size baggie
rock salt
1 cup whole milk or half and half
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
Put the milk and a little sugar in the sandiwich baggie. MAKE SURE IT IS SEALED AND THERE IS NO AIR IN THE BAGGIE. Place this inside the gallon baggie with a half cup of ice and a tablespoon of rock salt. Seal this
bag - with very little air in the bag. Squish the inner bag (if it isn't sealed or if there is air in the inner bag, you now have a mess) until the ice cream is made - about 10-15 minutes. Do not add too much vanilla - remember real vanilla has alcohol in it and will interfere with the freezing.

Smores on a Stick
You need large marshmallows, chocolate chips, ground graham cracker crumbs, white sucker sticks (White sticks for lollipops cake decorating/craft section work well), and a microwave. Put graham crackers in ziploc bag and crush. Place 2 large marshmallows on the stick.Melt chocolate chips in microwave. Holding the stick, roll the marshmallows in the chocolate then roll in ground graham cracker crumbs. Let cool.

Fastpitch Softball Directory:
Everything you could want on the subject: tournament info, team websites, newsgroups, magazines, rules and regs, recruiting, suggested links for parents, etc. The instructional section has tips on
pitching, strength training, and drills.

Household Products Database: Health and Safety Information on Household Products:
Run the contents of your cabinets through this database to check out health effects and safe storage and handling procedures.

Calculate how much time you have left to live. Like the hour-glass of the Net, the Death Clock will remind you just how short life is.


"Kids rule the kitchen" in this site that offers cooking basics for the beginner, easy recipes, and Fun Stuff activities.

Cooking With Kids:
Print one of these step-by-step recipes from Mollie Katzen, author of Moosewood Cookbook. Recipes include pizza, popovers, and strawberry soup.

Cooking With Young Children:
Try recipes that require no heat source, simple meals, or recipes for playdoughs and goops.

The Science of Cooking:
What happens when you bake loaf of bread? Take a microscopic tour. Learn how eggs cook, what makes a pickle a pickle, and how the senses help taste flavor.

Cooking Measure Equivalents:
Having trouble converting a recipe? Visit this site to find cooking measurement equivalents.

Sporting Life:
All the key sporting facts and figures in one place.

Healthy Kids, Healthy Future Learning Quest:
A healthy lifestyle is a
crucial part of a long, happy and healthy life. The "5 Fun Ways to Health and Fitness" is a set of guidelines that presents a wholistic approach to balancing nutrition and physical activity to contribute to health and fitness. The "5 Fun Ways to Health and Fitness" website and its associated Healthy Kids, Healthy Future Learning Quest has been developed by Kellogg's, the National Heart Foundation of Australia, and ACHPER.
The Healthy Kids ... Healthy Future Learning Quest is a four week investigation built around a student challenge. The focus is on creating student understanding of how to achieve health and fitness. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their own physical activity and eating habits and do some personal goal setting.
This Learning Quest has three main parts: (1) a Jump In introductory activity, (2) a Knowledge Hunt and (3) a WebQuest.

The National Institute of Health:
This is site explains magnesium. Basically, it helps diabetics and those with some heart problems. However, most healthy adults get all they need in the foods they eat. This page also includes a list of foods that contain magnesium.

NetWellnes Home Page:

Children's Health, Parents & Carers:
This EdNA Online search gives a list of quality resources about children's health issues from the EdNA Online database.

Don't Buy It: "'sells' media literacy to youth ages 9-11!" says PBS's description. Kids can create ads and put them in "sneaky places" and generally learn how they are marketed to on the Web, on product packaging, and in other media.

It's My Life: helps 'tweens (kids 9-12) deal with and contact teen mentors about the social, ethical, emotional, and physical "stuff" their own age group faces. Some of the topics covered so far are crushes, birth order in a family, dreams, eating disorders, and bullying. The
mentors are "teenage volunteers from across the US who have experience helping younger kids," the site says. For kids in emergency situations, the site provides the numbers of four 24-hour, national hotlines: (for serious online risks and emergencies, there's the CyberTipline: at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (the toll-free phone number is 800-843-5678).

Science & Our Food Supply: Investigating Food Safety from Farm to Table: offers a supplementary curriculum for middle & high school

PE Central: The Web Site for Health and Physical Eductation Teachers:
This Web site for health and physical education teachers, parents and students has links to online lessons, interactive instructional materials, best practices, assessment ideas and professional resources. The site also maintains a Top Web Sites section for content areas including gymnastics, dance, outdoor recreation, playgrounds, sports and fitness, and information on grants and fundraising.

Vince and Larry's Safety City:
At this site for kids, the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminsitration's "Crash Test Dummies," Vince & Larry, present Safety City, featuring all things safe.

Classroom decor, storage solutions, dressing the walls--here are some practical suggestions for you to run by in your classroom before the students come through the door.

"BAM!": is an e-zine for kids (ages 9-13) that answers their questions on health issues & recommends ways to make their bodies & minds healthier & stronger. For teachers, BAM! offers fun, interactive learning activities related to middle school health & science. Published quarterly, this first issue focuses on physical activity & how infectious disease, asthma, safety, disability are
related to physical activity.

Medicine and Madison Avenue:
These ads illustrate the variety and evolution of marketing images from the 1910s through the 1950s. The collection represents a wide range of products such as cough and cold remedies, laxatives and indigestion aids, and vitamins and tonics, among others. Compare health information
with media literacy and U.S. History.
Grade Level: Elementary, Middle School, High School
Content Area: Health & Physical Education (Health), Business (Marketing), History & Social Studies (U.S. History)

Download coloring books on food safety for home and school use (one page can actually be colored online). The site also includes letters to parents and certificates of participation.

Print copies of these student worksheets to send home with your students, and have them fill them out daily and return with them the following week. Students will be tracking their fruit and vegetable intake to encourage healthy eating habits.

Reduce health care anxiety for kindergarten students by using several of these activities, focusing on a
better understanding of how doctors and dentists help us to maintain body health. Activities include
songs, art projects, and science centers.

Do your early elementary students understand how germs are spread? Or what conditions can cause illnesses? Use this lesson plan to promote an understanding of good hygiene habits, to understand germs, and to discuss immunization and doctor visits.

While learning about healthy food, nutrition, exercise, and hygiene habits, don't forget to cover emotional health as well. This exercise has students cooperating to create a paper chain to hang in their classroom--made out of compliments... After the initial lesson activity, you could create an in-class mailbox for students to anonymously deposit further links, and keep adding to your chain. Give each
link to the appropriate student as a keepsake when the school year ends.

Students will collect food item labels to bring to school and study. They will be looking at marketing
techniques, and will then explore deeper into nutritional values of their favorite foods as they relate
to dietary concerns.

After studying food pyramids, students are asked to bring a healthy snack from each of the food groups, creating a snack buffet in class and promoting healthy eating habits.

What kind of germs are there, and where do they enter our bodies? How can we create a best defense against harmful germs? These questions are answered in this concise lesson plan, along with an explanation of communicable versus non-communicable diseases. Link to four illness and prevention activities at page bottom for further extensions.

Combine art with science in this lesson activity; students will snip food photos from various magazines and then create a food pyramid box sculpture in your class to hold them. They will then select their own dinner from the various boxes, and create a collage with the selected images to see if they chose a balanced meal.

Student groups will work together to design a database template, and then collect data from the school
cafeteria to investigate how meals served and chosen comply with the basic food groups.

After reading background survey material and data on cell phones, students must take a side and prepare a two minute persuasive speech on whether or not laws should be enforced to ban cell phone use while driving.

What does laughter have to do with good health? If it is shared with good friends, there is some evidence that a good chuckle might just prolong health. Students will research the relationships of emotional to physical health and create a video, or examine antibiotics, biological warfare, or vaccinations to produce a multimedia project presentation.

Class discussions will focus on the availability of junk food on high school campuses, and whether or not vending machines should be allowed in a school setting. After a survey of nutritional values in vending machine foods, students will create a chart illustrating the nutrients--or lack thereof--of foods available to high school students, and rate them from most to least nutritious.

WHEN TO USE 9-1-1:
In this interactive page of scenarios and situations, students will click on each potential emergency to
answer whether or not it is a 9-1-1 crisis. Feedback on responses is immediate.

Those chocolate cravings are sure to get a few tummies growling as your students explore the history and forms of chocolate. They will also learn about candy making, and visit a chocolate factory online.

Five lesson plans and an array of student handouts comprise this project on recognizing the influence of advertising. For their final grade in this unit, students must write a persuasive essay and create a collaborative counter-advertisement. Much critical thinking, discussion, and group planning should go into this project.

Sports Central:
Learn about your favorite sports and get some sports related tips at this site.

Sports Illustrated for Kids:
Visit Sports Illustrated for Kids to find games, fantasy leagues, and sports news.

Sports and Nutrition:
Participating in sports can increase your food energy needs. Find out how many calories you may need to add to your diet to participate in sports.

Playing It Safe: Sports Safety For Kids:
Sports are a good way to exercise and stay healthy. Learn how to make the most out of playing sports safely.

Official Site of Major League Baseball:
Find your favorite team, the latest scores, historical information, and more.

You'll need to get the correct answers first before you're allowed to get a run... Practice addition,
subtraction, and multiplication skills with this online game. Skill level varies; 2 students can
play at one time.

Baseball, The Game and Beyond:
This Thinkquest Web site offers a wonderful view of baseball as a learning experience: "Have you ever wondered why a curveball curves, or how ERA is calculated? Well in this site we try to answer those questions along with many more. You can learn how to score a game and study the physics behind
baseball. You can even hear Red Sox PA Announcer Ed Brickley's impressions of the game. "
Exploritorium's Science of Baseball:
Learners will find out what's behind a homerun swing and why curveballs curve. There are several activities for children to complete that will advance their understanding of physics, biology and human energy.

Baseball Poetry:
"Many great men and women have written entire books about every aspect of the game; however, other than "Casey At Bat," few know about some of the other great poems that have appeared honoring our national pastime. Here are several that honor the game of baseball."

Math, Baseball & the San Francisco Giants:
Plenty of activities for children of all ages to learn the correlation between math and baseball. Your children may choose to complete all of the activities or just a few. Students can explore sabermetrics (the mathematical and statistical analysis of baseball), or practice calculating how much a snack at the game would cost, how much change would result from purchasing a meal or souvenirs, the average salary of players per game, batting averages and a whole lot more.

Here are a number of resources for teaching preschoolers about food and nutrition. Use the food pyramid by first discussing the different food groups, and then working together to cut out food pictures from magazines and glueing them on in the appropriate boxes. Fill out the Favorite Foods Survey with each student's name, decorate it again with pictures, and include it on your bulletin board display; use the information as well for showing how a graph can be made with the data you collected.

Flash animations of brushing, flossing, and the mouth are supplemented with some online videogames on dental hygiene. The most useful part of this site may be in the Teachers section, where diagrams of teeth can be printed for use in classrooms.
Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary
Content Area: Health & Physical Education (Health), Science (Life Science)

Nutrition Explorations:
Maintained by the National Dairy Council, this site contains such resources for kids and adults as nutrition information and advice, lessons, activities, plays, and quizzes.

K-12 teacher resources for food history lessons:
The Morris County (New Jersey) Library provides links to resources, lessons, and activities on the history, cultural, and social aspects of food and nutrition.

Food and Nutrition:
The National Agricultural Library's Food and Nutrition page offers links to books and articles, Web sites for kids and educators, and publications prepared by the Food and Nutrition Information Center.

How Stuff Works: Food:
Kids will love the Food section of Marshall Brain's How Stuff Works site, which includes sections on dieting, food, calories, alcohol, fats, and much more.

Nutrition Fact Sheets:
The American Dietetic Association provides a number of informational materials for a wide range of food and nutrition topics.

Food and Nutrition Information Center:
An informational center operated under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the FNIC offers information about food and nutrition in areas that run the gamut from adolescence to weight control. The site includes links to a number of food pyramids, including printable posters.

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition:
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides links to news and general information about issues related to food, nutrition, food safety, food labeling, federal regulations, and more. The Special Interest section includes a site for kids, teens, and educators.

Connecticut's Team Nutrition Program:
This site was started by an elementary school teacher to promote the sport of running and the benefits fo a healthy lifestyle for kids. It is now sponsored by Runner's World magazine. The site has expanded into every content area and offers colorful multimedia presentations related to running and competeing in races, with announcements, photos, stories and news about events throughout the nation. It also includes columns, training tips, curriculum suggestions, interactive activities, links to related resources, and it invites students to contribute essays, poems and art about their experiences.

Skeleton is the oldest of all sledding sports. It began in the 1880's in Switzerland. While skeleton has been a part of the Olympics twice before, the 2002 winter Olympics marks its return for the first time in since 1948, and the first time ever that women took part. No one knows exactly where the sport got its name. Some people think that the sled looks like a skeleton. The sled resembles a fiberglass pan with a metal frame and padding. Attached to the bottom are runners of steel that look like small round tubes. Cut into the tube is a shallow blade. The sled weighs from 70 to 110 pounds, depending on the slider's weight. It stretches from the shoulders to the knees. It measures about 16 inches across. To start, sliders run down an icy track, pushing the sled in a crouching position. Then they lunge smoothly onto the sled and gather speed. They keep their hands on the handles and control the direction by shifting their body weight. Sliders go down an ice course with 15 to 20 turns at up to 80 miles per hour. Their chin is only an inch or two above the ice. They must see where they are going and keep their head as low as possible to go faster. It takes 50 to 52 seconds from top to bottom of the course. Since the sport is just becoming popular, all of the equipment except for the speed suit is borrowed from other sports. The helmet, with its chin guard, is much like a football helmet. It is borrowed from Alpine skiing equipment. The face shield is from a motorcycle helmet. The shoes with spikes are printer's shoes.

Sliders lie on their backs, steering with only their shoulders and feet, while sledding down a course with a height of about 30 stories from top to bottom. Lugers, or sliders, wear lightweight helmets, form-fitting suits and special boots. They also wear steel spikes on their fingertips to help them "paddle" on the ice after they pull away from the start handles.

The sport got its name because sledders bob their heads on the straightaways to make the sled go faster. The Olympic Games include two races, the two-person and four person. In 2002, for the first time in Olympic history, women teams raced against each other, but only in the two-person race.
In doubles, the top driver rests on top of his partner. The bottom driver does his steering by applying pressure to the back of the sled with his shoulders. The top driver steers the sled by applying pressure on the runners with his legs. Since the bottom driver can't see, the top driver rotates his head left or right to indicate to the bottom driver what curve is ahead.

Athletes from around the world compete in the Paralympic Winter Games: "Para" means "with" in Latin. so Paralympics means "with Olympics." These Olympics are for athletes with disabilities. Athletes with the same abilities compete against one another. Both men and women take part. The first Paralympics was held to help injured World War II veterans recover.
The logo, or symbol, of the Paralympics features a circle for the head of an athlete with graceful lines showing motion. The other three shapes represent the mind, body and spirit ofthe athletes.
Some athletes are able to ski standing. Some ski and play hockey in special sit-skis (chairs on skis). Others have vision disabilites and use a guide whn they are competing.
Alpine skiing--Athletes compete in races where they weave their way between poles placed along the course. Some can stand and ski on one ski. Others ski on sit-skis that enable them to be seated while skiing on one ski.
Cross-country and biathlon--Athletes compete in team and individual events. Some also shoot at targets.
Ice sledge hockey--Athletes us sledges (sleds) with two blades that allow the pucks ot pass underneath. As in ice hockey, each team has five players and a goalie.

New York State Department of Health:

CBC 4 Kids: Snowboarding:
This introduction to snowboarding explains concepts such as fall line and linked turns with illustrations and a few audio interviews. Click on Show Me for a nine-step tutorial on getting down the hill for the first time. The snowboarding feature is just one of seventeen sports covered by this Canadian Broadcasting Company site. Follow the link near the very bottom of the page for articles on getting started with gymnastics, table tennis, a yo-yo, figure skating or ice hockey.

Jump into Snowboarding:
The very first snowboard was made in 1965 by an eighth grader in shop class. This Web site was created by fourth graders. It was a second place winner in the 1998 ThinkQuest Jr. competition. Visit for the History of Snowboarding, Snowboarding Dictionary, Geometry of Snowboarding and a simple way to figure out if you are regular or goofy footed.

Snowlink: Learn and Improve:
Snowlink has dozens of articles on choosing equipment, dressing for the winter sport of your choice, rules of safety and responsibility, and a beginner's Frequently Asked Questions.

Recipes 4 Learning:
This site is loaded with recipes for crafts, holidays, learning, and songs.
Grade Level: Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School
Content Area: Arts (General), Vocational Education (Consumer Economics), Community Interest (General)

FBI Kids Page:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has put together a website to show kids what the FBI does, what it is like to be an FBI agent, how the bureau uses trained dogs in investigations, and what kids can do to keep themselves safe. The site’s hosts are two animated Labrador retrieves named Darrell and Shirley, named after two actual FBI crime-fighting dogs. Kids can click on the “bones” to find out more about what the bureau does and take a virtual field trip, accompanied by some animated agents. Agents Maureen and Jose discuss the history of the FBI, show what the badges used to look like in days past, and explain how fingerprinting assists investigations. Back at the home page, the “Safety Tips” icon leads kids to important information about how to keep safe and what to do in emergencies. Finally, the “Working Dogs” segment of the website talks about the different kids of working dogs employed by the FBI, from service dogs for the disabled, to bomb-sniffing dogs, search and rescue dogs, and narcotics detection dogs. Students can even read biographies and see pictures of some of the Bureau’s real-life canine heroes. It teaches younger kids about safety, crime solving, and investigations.

InSite Fitness:
It is the mission of InSite Fitness to make up to date and accurate information available to those seeking knowledge in this area. Healthtips, Lessons and Articles allow students and educators to learn more about the workings of the human body.
Grade Level: High School, College
Content Area: Health & Physical Education (Physical Education), Science (Life Science), Community Interest (Health)

Recipe Source:
Try to find new and exciting treats, entrees or desserts for holidays.

Badvertising Institute:
The folks at the BADvertising Institute doctor-up tobacco ads to make them honest. "By juxtaposing silly, gross and disgusting images on top of deceitful ads, we jolt people into realizing how tobacco imagery is concealing the truth, and manipulating young people into addiction to tobacco." The "badvertisements" can be found scattered around the site, or visit the Gallery to view all seventy.

Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids:
"Tobacco's Toll: 1,019,456 kids became regular smokers in 2001. 326,226 will eventually die from their addiction." Tobacco Free Kids encourages political action to stop the tobacco industry from targeting kids. For a twisted look at a serious problem, don't miss the "The Real Phillip Morris" animated e-movie. To learn how you can join the fight against tobacco, visit the Youth Action section. Other highlights are the Tobacco Ad Gallery and the Research Center.

Focus on the Positive:
With song and dance (and tongue-in-cheek) exposes many facts the tobacco companies prefer to gloss over. "Just stay focused on the positive. Every eight seconds a smoker dies -- it's becoming routine! But let's stay focused on the positive. Those seven seconds in-between." After watching the music video (which requires the QuickTime plug-in), you can read or print the lyrics, send the video to a friend and even download a ring tone of the catchy tune for your cell phone.

Science, Tobacco & You:
The more you learn about the science of tobacco, the less likely you are to smoke. Florida State University has created an incredibly rich resource for students and teachers. Start with an exploration of What is Science? and then move to Tobacco & You. Best clicks for students are How Does Tobacco Affect Your Body? and Adsmart (learn to be an educated consumer.) Best clicks for teachers are the Student & Teacher Guidebook (in Adobe Acrobat format) and the winning teacher/student entries from the Best Practices 2001 competition.

Smoke Screeners:
"Despite the fact that fewer adults in the United States are smoking in real life, there has been a significant increase of smoking in movies over the last several years. Since young people are frequent moviegoers, they are consequently being exposed to unrealistic smoking scenarios on a regular basis." Smoke Screeners is a video that illustrates how movies and television glamorize smoking. Although you'll need to send for the video, it is free from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After your video arrives, return to the site for terrific classroom activities and printable handouts.

"Powerful Bones. Powerful Girls": is designed to help girls learn
how to build strong bones. The site features tips on yummy foods with calcium & fun ways to get the weight-bearing physical activity that helps build strong bones. Girls can play games, take quizzes,
& learn about bones from an interactive skeleton.

Guidance on How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Panel on Food Labels:

Got Milk?:

The American Egg Board:

Nutrition: Fruits and Vegetables:
Get info about the nutritional content of fruits and vegetables, and consider whether to incorporate one or more of these into your top three.

American Poultry Association:

Pork Nutrition and Health:

Discovery Health Nutrition Guide:

Food Safety Website:
It might be good, but is it safe? Start here to locate resources about the potential safety of all types of foods.

"Jackie Robinson & Other Baseball Highlights, 1860-1960": presents 34 images & descriptions of early baseball, famous players, & more. It includes a print of Union soldiers playing baseball in a
Confederate prisoner of war camp, a photo of the Brooklyn Atlantics (a team that dominated early baseball by winning championships in 1861, 1864, & 1865), & what is believed to be the first photo of a softball. Links are provided to "Baseball, the Color Line, & Jackie Robinson" & a collection of 2,000 baseball cards.

The Cook's Thesaurus:
Foods are broken into categories that include Vegetables, Fruits, Grain Products, Baked Goods, etc. From there, they're broken down into sub-categories, which are then explained via pictures, descriptions, synonyms, pronunciations, and suggested substitutions. So under the Meats category, for example, you'll find a section on Poultry. That's where you'll see the cuts, uses, parts, definitions and such that no ordinary cookbook is going to show you. Of special note are sections on Supplies, Accompaniments, and Equipment.

"Educational Opportunity Centers, Inc.,": assists adolescents & adults with career planning, returning to school, researching career opportunities, & getting a GED. The Centers also counsel participants on financial aid options & help in the application process.

A free poster featuring the women's US soccer team: is available after completing an on-line smoking quiz.

Games Kids Play:
Definitive rules for hide-and-seek, 40 different jump-rope rhymes, and many other popular and not so popular games.  Also check out the rules for 13 kids' games from other countries. 

Lesson plans focusing on the prevention of fire and burns, falls, choking, poisoning and drowning are available at this site.  The lessons, focusing on children ages 8-11, come from Lowe's Home Safety Council.  The site also gives away money to schools and students through an online sweepstakes

Will Rogers Institute:
The Will Rogers Institute offers a variety of health-related educational booklets on such topics as asthma, high blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking, fitness, nutrition and stress to name a few.  The first 25 booklets are free.     

A website run by Conde Nast, on which you can search recipes form such magazines as Bon Appetit and Gourmet.
In addition to recipes and general preparation tips, it includes anecdotes about panicked chefs who have called its turkey hot line.  It also has turkey recipes for all seasons. 

The National Turkey Federation: is the national advocate for all segments of the turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities which
increase demand for its members' products by protecting and enhancing their ability to profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious products. Has recipes, photo library, facts about raising turkeys.

Whether you love to cook or aren't sure what arugula is, let alone what to do with it, can help. You can do keyword searches to find recipes, look for something to please a crowd in the top-40 section, or browse the gallery for something that just looks tasty.  If you prefer sitting in front of your computer to standing over a stove, test your chef IQ by taking a quiz or playing a game.

International Inline Skating Assocation (IISA) web site:

The ability to juggle isn't an easy one to develop, but this site presents it in a manageable, fun way. Although designed for elementary kids, the tasks, which encourage hand-eye coordination, are useful for any grade level. The site presents a course outline, as well as lesson plans that get progressively harder, until students stop using scarves and start using juggling rings. Students and teachers can use the assessment form and the task cards, which tell students how they're doing.

Team Handball:
Encouraging hand-eye coordination and concentrating mostly on different types of passes, this site makes this conceptually simple game interesting. After five lessons and primers on such topics as court dimensions and rules, students will be ready to play a formal game. A funny, but educational, highlight of the site is the "Ten Commandments" section which includes admonishments about talking to the referee during a game, not making a team effort, and undertaking "dumb" (fancy, show-off) passes.

Amateur Sports:
Although mainly an index of sports organizations around the world (mostly in the Americas), this inspirational site also includes information about health, fitness, sports, and nutrition. Topics include measuring fat and calories and preventing injuries.  Moreover, the site includes write-ups about the psychological aspects of playing sports, like how you feel when you win or lose and how to prepare mentally for a game. Students also learn how to measure their success.

Forget your old health class with the grainy 1970s education films. Hip-looking BrainPop offers movies about health, science, and technology. Science movies include crystals, magnetism, and tundra; and technology films cover topics like photography, robots, and
submarines. The health section is the most comprehensive, tackling subjects from babies, acne, and lyme disease to drug abuse, menstruation, and puberty. Obviously, teachers will want to preview the movies before sending their students here, but this fun, easy-to-navigate site might just be the icebreaker teachers need to get ideas about health across to their kids.

Driving Under the Influence:
It's never too early to let kids know about the dangers of driving under the influence, and this site is a good resource for teaching them. Starting out with the problem, the site details the number of fatalities among drivers and passengers. It also discusses relevant topics for middle schoolers: namely, underage drinking and peer pressure. After describing the effect of drinking on the body, the site offers students a quiz. The fact that the site is designed to look like it's behind a police line is slightly jarring, but achieves just the desired effect on those who look at it.

Teach your students about how managing their health can be just as simple as playing safe, smart, and by the rules on the court. By logging on to Smartplay, your students can figure out how playing smart means not only following the rules on the court, but also making sure that they and their opponent's bodies are safe. Read about the most common injuries that occur among active kids and what your kids can do to maintain good health at this site.  Additionally, they can read about the precautions that actual pro athletes take when making on-court decisions and moves. 

Jump Rope Rhymes: 
If you liked jump rope games when you were a kid, visit this site with your own kids. There's a big list of fun rhymes to jump rope to, and an additional list of hand clapping games. Some of the jump rope rhymes have specific instructions on how to jump, but mostly this site just provides the rhymes, leaving it up to you to fill in with the hand clapping or jumping instructions. 

Benny Goodsport:
In this site, Benny the fitness clown teaches students about nutrition and fitness. Lists of healthy foods, as well as activities, such as crosswords and word searches that help students learn about sports, are offered at this site. Kids are asked to submit a list of foods to create a healthy menu. The site combines health education with creativity by asking kids to submit their own stories about playing sports.

Game Central Station:
Offering over 350 games for students from preschool to 12th grade, this well-designed site has something for everyone. Teachers can search for a game by activity, grade level, or even type of holiday. In addition to about fifty kinds of "tag," the site provides a good number of other warm-up exercises. Its best feature may well be its cross-curricular activities; for instance, aerobic square dancing provides a good workout and teaches kids about American history.

Games Kids Play:
See a potential brawl at recess because the kids can't remember the "official rules" to a game? Well, point them to this site, since it details the rules for games from "Mother May I" to "Red Rover." Since kids are encouraged to submit their game descriptions, this site keeps growing, so it's a living resource. Teachers and students can search the 250+ games by favorites, category, alphabetical listing, or even "rhymes."

Snapshots of Science and Medicine:
Although the site says it is intended for high-school students and adults, it is also a valuable resource for middle schoolers to keep up with what's going on in the world of science. Concentrating mainly on current issues in health, the site focuses on research
(using animal parts in people) and discoveries (xenotransplantation). The highlight, especially for late middle schoolers and early high schoolers, is a section of profiles of real scientists.

Teenage Health Interactive Network:
This excellent site covers areas that are crucial to most teenagers, such as fitness, personal care, and addictions. Each section, moreover, is divided into knowledge, forum, chat, links, quizzes, and resources, thereby providing a comprehensive view of each topic. The well-designed site does a good job of focusing on issues that affect teens, including anorexia, acne, and STDs.  Students can also take a health survey or write in with questions to a medical professional.

Non-Traditional Gymnastics:
The distinctions between traditional and non-traditional gymnastics are explained throughout this site. The content starts with basic terminology and progresses to fundamental positions, equipment, and setups, to elaborate on the differences between the two forms of gymnastics.  Students can access great quizzes, and teachers have the
opportunity to submit their own lesson plans to the site.

Physical Education Lesson Plans:
Although it's not the most attractive one in the world, this Web site offers an expanse of fun and challenging physical-education activities submitted by P.E. teachers around the country. From "Bionic Ball" to "Batman and Robin," the activities on this site will shake up students who were expecting a typical P.E. hour. Although the site is marred with many pop-up ads, the rich lesson plans are definitely worth the trouble.

Yo, It's Time for Braces:
Most adults would have loved a resource like this when they were in middle school. A tour of an orthodontist's office, descriptions of common discomforts, and practical
advice will enlighten braces-bound kids. Students will understand the physical and social factors surrounding braces by reading one girl's journal about visiting the orthodontist. The inspiring highlights of this site include a list of celebrities who once sported braces.

PE Central:
A comprehensive spot on the Net for finding physical-education resources. The continually updated lesson plans are organized by grade level in an index that also contains categories such as field day and holiday events ideas. If you have your own unique, crowd-pleasing P.E. activity, then contribute to this growing site.

Walk in My Shoes:
By exploring their feelings toward older people, students who visit this site by the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension Service can identify and hopefully dispel their harmful stereotypes of the older generation.  The site lets kids list and analyze their preconceived notions of older people, discuss aging with friends and family, and formulate plans to think positively about an older generation. The site includes a vast reading list.

Team Handball:
This site by a student at Central Washington University offers a comprehensive outline for teaching team handball in middle-school P.E. classes. Never losing sight of the goal, the site supplements each daily lesson plan with a description of what skills -- both mental and physical -- it is encouraging. The task card allows students to keep track of their own progress and teachers to determine grades.

The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information: For Kids Only
Though a little young for middle schoolers, this site still offers some useful information about drinking and drugs. Students can learn about the effects that marijuana, cigarettes, and even inhalants have on their brains. The "Girl Power" section is also a good one, as it
addresses problems, like eating disorders and image issues, that affect middle-school-aged girls.
This site provides hundreds of National Health Education Standards-based lesson plans that address the health and behavioral issues facing today's K-12 students. The lesson
guides, which you can search by grade level or subject matter, confront tough issues about substance abuse and the promotion of good health practices. Teachers, improve
your health education skills with the site's health literacy primer and skills assessment page.

Archery Unit Plan:
With the summer games on their way, take this opportunity to teach your students the Olympic sport of archery. This all-in-one archery unit includes a course outline, a block plan, activity ideas, lesson plans, and even a report to send home to parents. In addition, there are links to several archery organizations and related Web sites.

Computers and Phys Ed Do Mix!:
This article from Education World highlights teachers who have adapted technology to their physical education classes. Students in all grade levels can learn how to use spreadsheet programs. Then, show them how to track their fitness progress by creating simple graphs and charts. Or try a writing project that ties in to a sport or activity they've just learned.

Drug abuse can affect kids in every grade and every community. Help keep your middle schoolers safe from drugs with Freevibe. Freevibe offers information on all the drugs that kids use, but it also encourages kids to share their stories about kicking the habit. The "Hang Time" section provides dozens of ideas for spending time away from drugs, as well as interviews with celebrities who've shed addictions.

Learn CPR:
Health class is the perfect time to teach CPR. This site can help you get your students certified to perform this important first-aid training. First, check out the step-by-step guidelines (with animated diagrams) for conducting CPR on a variety of individuals. Then, read some facts about CPR, watch a video demonstration, and give your students a quiz. There's even some information about assisting someone who is choking.

Sports and Nutrition: The Winning Connection:
Make sure that the kids on your team or in your gym class know that in addition to getting exercise, they must eat properly. This site -- devoted to the nutrition of young teenage athletes -- is loaded with tips for preparing a training table, eating to create energy, getting enough fluids, and learning what to eat before the big game.  There are meal plan ideas and a version of the food pyramid specifically for teenage athletes.

How might Phys. Ed. teachers use computers with their classes? Check out how one school uses spreadsheets to help students, parents, and teachers monitor student progress.  Read this Education World article by visiting: .

The School Athletics Center, located at   You'll find link libraries devoted to a variety of school sports, profiles of Olympic athletes, sporting articles, and tips for parents, coaches, and students.
This site is filled with information and site recommendations for physical education teachers. There's a monthly news column, an email newsletter, conference schedules, and reports issued by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. Get some great game and sport ideas, as well as your state's P.E. standards here. aims to teach young people and teenagers about drug use and abuse. The information about substance abuse would be vital to discuss in any health class. Students can send in a question to be answered online, join a discussion board, submit artwork or creative writing for online
exhibition, learn how to diagnose drug dependence, and find a mentor or hotline for help.

Team Bowling:
If you teach large P.E. classes (18+ students), you ought to try introducing them to team bowling, a game that can be played by students of widely varying skill levels. Use two-liter soft drink bottles for
pins and volleyballs for bowling balls, and you're all set! This site offers detailed instructions and
rules, a court diagram, a handicapping system, and comments from educators who have successfully
incorporated team bowling into their curricula.

Ultimate Frisbee and Frisbee Golf:
Try something new this spring -- frisbee golf! Made popular on college campuses across the country, frisbee golf and ultimate frisbee teach hand-eye coordination, strategy, and teamwork. You won't need much equipment, and it gives your class a chance to get out of the gym and into the great outdoors. This complete, online lesson plan was designed by a P.E. major at Central Washington University.

Fire Prevention and Safety Tips for Babysitters:
Many middle school students may be taking their first babysitting jobs. Over the years, the Red Cross has trained thousands of babysitters to do everything from change diapers to handle medical emergencies. Here is a short page of fire safety tips offered by the Red Cross. Pass them along to all of your students, whether they babysit for others or stay home alone.

Jump Into a Healthy Life:
This ThinkQuest Jr. site encourages kids to jump rope to stay physically fit. Simple instructions and photos diagram dozens of different jumps, from beginning to advanced levels. Younger students will enjoy the facts, quizzes, and word search about the heart and circulatory sytem. aims to answer kids' questions about doctors, illnesses, and medicines. Created by pediatric medical experts at a variety of children's health facilities, offers articles, features, and games developed specifically to help improve
children's understanding of their own physical and mental health. For older students, try the Teen section, which is filled with nutrition information, work safety tips, and the answers to common teen questions.

Sports Media:
Sports Media focuses on the international world of sports and physical education. It offers lesson plans, coaching tips, a discussion board, and an ask-the-expert section hosted by a professor at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. Offer your P.E. students a treat by teaching them how to play some unusual sports, like cricket, archery, frisbee golf, and pickleball.

Cool Running news of the running world updated daily, includes helpful facts, race schedules and results, kids pages
FIFA Museum Collection "1000 years of football [soccer] history"
GORP-GreatOutdoor Recreation Pages trips to national parks, forests, wilderness areas, especially hiking, biking, fishing, boating trips
International Wheelchair Basketball Federation rules, magazine, competition, in English and French
Kansas City Chiefs Online official Kansas City Chiefs site
KC Chiefs War Room up-to-date news and scores, lots of opinions
Mr. Baseball history, latest scores, trivia


students sculpt balanced meals from clay
Official Site of Major League Baseball scores, times and dates of games, some history, interesting facts
PE Central:The Web Site for Physical Education Teachers for P.E. teachers, students, parents and adults, recent information about physical education, lesson plans, assessment samples, a P.E. bookstore

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