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This CLN Theme Page has well over a dozen links to web resources that I hope will help students and teachers wanting to learn more about this topic. Here are some of the links.
"The Real Scoop on Tobacco" is a web quest for students in grades 5-9 ( http://www.itdc.sbcss.k12.ca.us/curriculum/tobacco.html ). As they research the information necessary to fulfill their quest, they learn to identify the effects of tobacco on different parts of the body and understand the influences that put pressure on students to engage in smoking. A set of starting links is provided in the quest as are some teacher notes.
There are a number of sites that provide basic information about tobacco and its dangers. These frequently take the form of FAQs or informational bulletins. One of the better sites for this kind of information is "Guide Your Patients to a Smoke Free Future" ( http://www.cctc.ca/sff/index.htm). Although the information has been intended for physicians, the informational bulletins provide a good starting point for classroom research projects or discussions. As you would expect, the reading level is a little high so you'll need to use your discretion. Another good resource for basic information about tobacco is our own CLN Tobacco Abuse Theme Page ( http://www.cln.org/themes/tobacco_abuse.html). It's a collection of links to curricular information for students as well as instructional materials for teachers.
For students who have tried to quit smoking unsuccessfully, or feel threatened by doing this, there are several sites that can provide help. They will generally provide basic information, self tests, tips and strategies, and discussion forums. Try Quit.Net ( http://www.quitnet.org/). The Smoking Cessation Self Help Program is also good. The URL to go directly to this program is http://www.nau.edu/~fronske/broch.html#smoke but you may have trouble getting there. If so, go to the Fronske Health Centre Home Page http://www.nau.edu/~fronske/broch.html and scroll down their home page to find the link to this program.
Recently, I received a phone call from my daughter who is doing some volunteer work with a multigrade PE class in a small, poorly equipped independent school. Her students are singularly unathletic and she was running out of ideas for activities that they could perform and for which she had the necessary equipment and facilities. I suggested she think about a 'games' approach rather than teaching traditional sports and referred her to some web sites. Here's one of the best.
GAME CENTRAL STATION has a database of over 200 games for preschool through to grade 12. The database is searchable by game name, grade level, skill (e.g., eye-hand, agility, endurance), related sport, and/or location (e.g., indoor, outdoor). Your search will bring up a list of hits showing the game name as well as its grade range. (You can also bring up ready made pages with links to warm-up activities, holiday games, cross curricular games, and tag games.) Clicking on the game will then provide you with the game's description/rules, equipment needed, plus the skills that it promotes. You also have the opportunity to enter/read comments about the game although I didn't find this feature too well subscribed.
Teasing can be a very difficult behaviour for some children to deal with both in and outside of school. This site offers help to teachers/parents trying to assist students to cope with and/or moderate this kind of behaviour. Included within the site are: stories of teasing that some children have had to tolerate; hints for dealing with teasing effectively; explanations why some children engage in it; links to other related sites; and advice on dealing with student differences.
Band-aids and Blackboards would be an effective resource for elementary grade teachers wishing to incorporate some personal development guidance within their classes. It could also serve as a useful starting point for student assignments on the causes and solutions for teasing. They could develop their own list of horror stories, or suggest their own coping mechanisms, for example.
This site was sent to me by R. Gesslein, on behalf of his grade 5 daughter who helped create this award winning Thinkquest site. It contains the following sections: Deciding to get braces, What happens at the Orthodontist's Office, and Living with braces. The graphics are all appropriate for the various sections, including a great number of before and after shots, so your students can compare what their teeth look like.
This site could be used with any students that are facing the "tracks and retainer" stage, as well as an example for information on careers in orthodontics. An interesting journal section is available for students to share their experiences.
"Yo It's Time For Braces" is hosted by Thinkquest and is suitable for students in grades 3-8.
With the weather still nice enough for outdoor activities, this site contains an assortment of various physical education skill developers. Some of the topics include: Fitness, Chasing, Fleeing, and Dodging, Traveling, Body and Space Awareness, Effort and Relationships, Rhythm and Dance, Wellness, Throwing and Catching, Dribbling with Hands, Wellness, Volleying, Striking with Implements and Miscellaneous. Two soccer activities that look fun for your students are Statues & Dribblers, and Soccer Scatter.
This site would be useful to the classroom teacher who is trying to develop all aspects of the P.E. program by providing you with easy to follow and creative ideas. Your students will certainly enjoy the "Titanic" activity for learning about "body and space relationships". This site does contain a small advertising banner, but the body of the site is text based, clear of clutter and easily accessible.
The Instant Activty Menu is hosted by PE Central and is suitable for Physical Education teachers of grades K-8
With picnic season coming up quickly (well I hope so!!), this site may be of interest to your students as well as your fellow teachers. It contains the following topics: How to Fight Bac (Clean, Separate, Chill, and Cook), as well as an activity book for your students to colour. There is also a great Q and A section on Consumer Advice (even telling you the reasons for not eatting raw cookie dough).
The Food Safety site is hosted by the FDA and is suitable for students in grades K-12.
Many elementary teachers dread teaching the "required" gymnastics, usually due to a lack of knowledge and/or fear!! This site contains lessons, activities and assessments for teaching Gymnastics (traditional, developmental, and educational). Also included is the Getting Started section, which includes the Basic Termninology, Basic Positions (including graphics), Basic Equipment and Basic Setups. Unfortunately this site does have advertising banners but I feel the content is definitely worth the annoyance.
The Non Traditional Gymnastics site is hosted by Ayden Elementary School and is suitable for students in grades K-7.
This site contains information about food and what makes a good meal choice - whether its "fast food" or "home food". Various topics include: General Health Tips For Kids, Meals and Nutrition (including Kids Food: Cyber Club - with fun activities) ,Fitness (which has a section on Bike Saftey as well as a crossword puzzle), Vitamins and Minerals, The Human Body, and Teacher Resources. This site also lets you determine various components of a "good" meal as well as student activities such as Is Chocolate Nutritional? (I always thought it was!!)
Looking inward, if you're interested in the functions of human body systems, the Community Learning Network (CLN) has a collection of new theme pages (above) that link to online resources on circulation, digestion, hearing, the muscular system and the skeletal system.
The Calgary Allergy Network provides a wide range of online resources for those who suffer from allergies and for those who live or work with such people.
Very suitable for educators and older students, this site provides educational resources and articles including teachers' guides to topics such as Asthma, Eczema, Food Allergies and Safe Food Prepartion, etc.
C.A.H.P.E.R.D. (the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) has a website with information and press releases about health and P.E., focusing on resources for teachers and parents. Overwhelming evidence supports the importance of physical activity but statistics show that the fitness level of children in Canada is declining and that children and youth are more inactive than ever before.
The C.A.H.P.E.R.D. website (above) is designed to help.
"Promoting physical activity is good preventative medicine."
Note that this site has links in both English and French.
The Utah State Office of Education has placed a Food and Science, Home Economics Family Life Program online, entitled: Cook and Eat Chemistry.
This scientific systems approach to Food Science and Nutrition includes information about the scientific method, the safe handling of food, the chemical nature of a variety of ingredients and much more.
One of the most complete curriculum units I've seen online, this site includes information for lesson planning and assessment/evaluation as well as many teaching and learning resources.
Each topic is nicely organized, so it's easy to find what you need.
This year the familiar Yo Yo seems to be a most desirable item for outdoor play. Even my five-year-old is begging for a "Bumble Bee" (the deluxe model with a price ticket approximately equal to what I paid per month when I rented my first apartment.) Fortunately, he can have a great time with a more modest version of this popular toy. It's non-violent and I've noticed that many of the small folks are developing some real skills.
The above websites all offer information about yo yo tricks.
Other sites of interest to Yo Yo enthusiasts include:
American Yo Yo association (information and links)
The Mining Company -- History of the Yo Yo: http://inventors.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa120297.htm
"The Yo Yo is considered the second oldest toy in history, the oldest being the doll." (from The Mining Company).
The Community Learning Network (CLN) has created three new theme pages (above) that deal with topics related to emotional and physical health. Each has a range of links to help teachers and students encourage and adopt a healthy approach to important issues.
To make the whole food and eating experience a bit more healthful and a bit less guilt-ridden, it might be worth a visit to a website that's packed full of information about nutrition. The above "Index of Food and Nutrition Internet Resources" is a meta-site with previewed links to hundreds of sites in dozens of nutrition- related categories, including food allergies, food composition, healthy eating, hunger, vegetarian nutrition, vitamins and many others. The site is keyword searchable and would make a great starting point for student research projects relating to food and health (intermediate grades and above).
Dealing with a different aspect of food intake, the Community Learning Network (CLN) has created a new theme page with links to a range of sites relating to the eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia, that have become all too common in our young people.
Eating Disorders Theme Page on CLN:
The Sports Media site bills itself as "a tool for P.E. teachers and everyone who is interested in sports." With P.E. lesson plans, coaching information, and dozens of links to specific sports, this site lives up to its promise. The lesson plans area alone has links to sites which range from aerobics to volleyball, with basketball, CPR, exercises for back care, games for kids, soccer, swimming, football and many other topics represented.
Sports Media is hosted in Belgium, and includes information in French and Dutch, as well as English. Note that the frames format at this site requires a fairly advanced browser.
Clifford C. Snyder, (M.D.) has written extensively about the History of Medicine as part of the Virtual Hospital web site. Topics range from prehistoric times to the early twentieth century, and include literally hundreds of subcategories covering traditions from around the world. This site is an excellent resource for anybody with an interest in the roots of our modern concept of medicine.
Note that Snyder does not cover current medical discoveries, stating that "it has not been uncommon to herald in discovery with heaps of praise only to realize that it did not merit the applause in the following historical era."
Here in B.C., measles and mumps have recently made the news headlines. While searching the internet for information about symptoms, vaccinations, etc., I discovered the above MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) site, which has a very broad and useful perspective. Diseases, disorders and related topics are the focus of the this keyword searchable site which links to a vast collection of medical information.
Two specific links of interest to those concerned about Mumps
and Measles are:
Finally, for a Canadian-based "magazine" approach to health issues, you might want to browse through Sympatico's Healthway Newsstand at: http://www.bc.sympatico.ca/Contents/Health/HEALTHYWAY/newsstand.html
The alarm clock is a most unwelcome sound each morning. Being well-rested is an elusive goal. Does this sound familiar? Perhaps a bit of education about sleep should be on your agenda.
The Sleep Well Index provides information about sleep and sleep disorders such as Apnea, Insomnia, etc. You can find out about Jet Lag, link to pages of information related to dreams, and find out how your circadian rhythms influence your need for sleep.
KidsHealth is described as "an exciting, safe place for kids to find out more about their bodies and feelings." It's a well-organized web site with a daily health tip, a keyword search feature and a comprehensive list of contents. There are topics geared directly to kids as well as information designed for parents, teachers, health care professionals and others who deal with children.
Excellent articles, such as "Kids Ergonomics: Computers Can Be A Real Pain!" include advance organizers and glossaries to help with some of those difficult concepts. You'll find child behaviour and development, nutrition, facts about lab tests, growth, surgery, immunizations, and more at this site.
There's plenty of information on the internet to help cycle enthusiasts of all levels, starting with a site that has a Seattle focus but also contains (in the "general information" section) articles about bike lights, tire, trailers, bike painting, and many other topics.