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10 Free Things for National Nutrition Month

Emphasize the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. Our recommended resources include lesson plans, best practices, learning games, videos, book lists, coloring pages and more.

Themed Package

10 Free Things for Teaching About the 2014 Winter Olympics

The 22nd Winter Olympics will be held February 6-23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Learn about the history of the Olympic Games, the sports, the athletes and more with these lessons, activities, videos and reference materials.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia

20 Indoor Movement Activities

Being involved in movement positively affects children both cognitively and physically. Here are 20 quick, easy, and engaging movement activities and games for the classroom.

Background Reading; Tool

92Y/The Paris Review: Interview Series

This site maintains an audio and video archive of interviews with writers, musicians, artists, scientists, and experts in other fields. Teachers and students across the curriculum can find resources by keyword, topic, date, artist or speaker.

Background Reading; Multimedia

Above the Influence.com

This site offers games, free downloads, quizzes, photos, podcasts, and important information about dealing with the pressures of teenage life.

Multimedia

Action for Healthy Kids

See how this site helps schools without the resources to improve nutrition programs and increase opportunities for kids to get healthier.

Multimedia; Tool

Activities For Kids

Boost your science curriculum with these activities designed to show students the impact of scientific applications on our daily lives and society as a whole.

Multimedia

Alcohol Awareness Resources for Educators

Free publications that provide educators with information about the hazards of drinking alcohol.

Background Reading; Printable

American Psychological Association: K-12 Education

The American Psychological Association has resources to help K-12 teachers manage behavior problems, motivate students, assist struggling learners, handle stress, support gifted and talented youth, and more.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan

Anatomy of the Human Heart with Flash Illustration

The Texas Heart Institute provides a detailed tour of the heart and circulatory system.

Multimedia; Printable

Authentic Assessment Toolbox

The Authentic Assessment Toolbox is a resource to help K-12 teachers, especially new teachers, create authentic tasks, rubrics, and standards for measuring and improving student learning.

BAM! Body and Mind

BAM! Body and Mind gives students in grades 5-8 information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. It uses games, quizzes, and other interactive features to focus on disease, food and nutrition, physical activity, safety, stress, and the body.

Background Reading; Learning Game; Quiz

Bulletin Board Ideas

We recommend four Web sites where you can find bulletin board ideas and themes, cutouts, templates, activity ideas, and more. Plus, find out what kind of supplies you’ll need and how to acquire them.

Printable; Tool

Cabot Cheese Posters

Check out these six posters for students in grades K-5 about eating right.

Printable

Character Counts

Free resources, professional development, and how to participate in the biggest celebration of character in the world.

Child Nutrition Health Education Kit

The National Dairy Council kit has papers with supportive science and presentations as well as downloadable charts and other education materials. Some materials are available in Spanish.

Reference Center

Childhood Vaccination Brochure

This NEA HIN brochure explains the purpose, benefit, and timing of the vaccines recommended for children.

Lesson Plan

Classroom Exercise Breaks For Elementary Students

The research is clear: test scores and student behavior improve when physical activity breaks are incorporated into daily classroom routines. These lessons and resoures will show you how to get started!

Background Reading; Fact Sheet; Lesson Plan

Cut to the Heart

Learn about the pioneers of heart surgery, how the heart works, why it fails, and how to treat heart failure. View annotated photos of diseased hearts and follow the flow of blood through an animated heart.

Multimedia

Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools (DETS)

The DETS Project is part of a national effort to decrease the incidence and improve the care of type 2 diabetes among American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). Free learning resources and printables.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

Drug Abuse Prevention DVDs

The goal of these drug abuse prevention DVDs is to help children choose a “Natural High” and reject drugs.

Lesson Plan

Educator Resources for Safe Schools Week 2014

Observe the 2014 event October 20-24 by helping students and parents learn about and advocate for school safety, including preventing bullying, reducing crime and violence, improving discipline, and increasing student attendance.

Background Reading

Emergency Preparedness: Free Classroom Resources

September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Here are some resources from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help you and your students prepare for emergencies year 'round.

Themed Package

Energizers

East Carolina University developed Energizers, classroom activities designed to integrate physical activity and academics. Energizers are easy to use, improve on-task behavior, and increase physical activity during the day.

Lesson Plan

Energizers: Classroom-Based Physical Activities

This North Carolina resource has ideas for keeping kids moving and learning. Travel the Tar Heel State is one of my favorites and is easily adaptable for any other state (mine is Maryland).

Printable