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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

Popcorn Activities

October is National Popcorn Poppin' Month, and we offer a variety of fun, creative activity ideas for multiple subjects and all grade levels.

Themed Package

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

PACER Center: Champions for Children with Disabilities

A tool kit for discussing bullying prevention during National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and Character Education Month (October).

Multimedia; Printable

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

PEC: Classroom Teacher/Integrated Lesson Plans for Physical Education

This site is designed to help classroom teachers who want to use physical activity to teach academic content. The activities can be taught in the classroom or in an outdoor play area. Search by subject area and sort by age.

Lesson Plan

Reach Out Now: Help Prevent Underage Alcohol Use

This school-based initiative for fifth- and sixth-grade students provides interactive science-based materials to help increase awareness about alcohol and its impact on the brain and body.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Tool

Childhood Vaccination Brochure

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

Lesson Plan

HIV/AIDS Education Resources

These materials provide information about transmitting, preventing, and treating the virus.

Lesson Plan

Healthy Steps for Healthy Lives

This website provides K-3 educators with 31 lessons to teach fundamental nutrition and physical activity concepts.

Lesson Plan

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

Nourish Interactive

This free English/Spanish web site provides nutrition educators and healthcare providers with a variety of tools to help teach the key elements of nutrition to children and parents.

Lesson Plan

YouTube for Educators

YouTube offers a variety of free services that educators can use to facilitate classroom instruction, including access to more than 500,000 educational videos, limited access to non-educational content, and custom playlists that eliminate ads.

Multimedia

Websites Stress Diet and Exercise for National Nutrition Month

We recommend three websites for lesson plans and activities that reinforce the theme for 2012 National Nutrition Month, which stresses the importance of making informed food choices and developing good habits in eating and physical activity.

Lesson Plan

NIH Curriculum Supplement Series

This resource from the National Institutes of Health includes teacher guides and lesson plans on the science behind seventeen health topics, free print materials, professional development webinars, and more.

Works4Me

TED-Ed Video Library

This growing library of educational videos represents collaborations between teachers and animators. Classroom teachers can use, tweak, or rewrite lessons, or create their own lessons, based on any useful educational video.

Multimedia

National Park Foundation’s Electronic Field Trip

Grades 4-8 can learn about various topics (e.g., civil rights, climate change) through electronic field trips to national parks. There are more than a dozen EFTs archived on the site, each with an on-demand video and related lessons.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia

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

Finding Information on the Internet

UC Berkeley Library offers an online tutorial covering search strategies, search tools, recommendations for evaluating web pages and other resources that will be of interest to educators and secondary students.

Background Reading

Google Search Education

Help your students become better searchers. Google Search Education provides lessons, activities, posters, tips, and webinars to help teachers hone their own and their students’ web search skills.

Background Reading; Lesson Plan; 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

The Learning Network

The Learning Network publishes a new lesson plan every weekday during the school year. Two recent lesson plans investigate back-to-school shopping and the 2012 election campaign.

Lesson Plan

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

ScrapKins Hands-On Projects

Nature, nutrition, and recycling activities promote nutrition and wellness. All projects include diagrams with instructions and are suitable for teachers and parents.

Lesson Plan

RACE - Are We So Different?

Using this website, students in middle school and high school can examine concepts of race from perspectives of history, human variation, and personal experience.

Background Reading; Multimedia; Quiz