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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; Lesson Plan; Tool

Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center: Elementary Toolkits

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

Multimedia; Printable; Tool

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

SweetSearch

A free custom search engine for students that searches over 35,000 web sites.

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

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

Kinetic City

Kinetic City features science experiments, online games, activities, challenges, printable card games, and more for grades 3-5.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan; Printable; Quiz

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - Kids Pages

This collection of lessons, activities and games for grades K-12 address the effects of the environment on human health.

Learning Game; Lesson Plan

WatchKnowLearn

WatchKnowLearn organizes thousands of free educational video clips in all subjects for teachers, students, and parents. So far, grade K-6 videos have been aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Multimedia

Educator Resources for Safe Schools Week 2017

Observe the 2017 event October 15-21 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; Lesson Plan

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

K-12 Student Interactives

A prolific collection of interactive resources for K-12 across the curriculum. From lessons to homework help to professional development, this resource is an educator's must have.

Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Professional Development Course

Microbes

Micro-organisms can be used to demonstrate principles of biology and to model industrial processes. Use these K-12 resources to teach how how microbes can be friend and foe and most importantly, why we need these invisible organisms to live.

Article; Background Reading; Lesson Plan; Multimedia; Printable

Bicycle and Pedestrian Lesson Plans

These activities by incorporate bicycle and pedestrian lessons in core K-8 classes (math, science, history, language arts, etc.) with the goal of getting kids thinking about the benefits of walking and bicycling throughout their entire learning.

Lesson Plan

The Center for Health and the Global Environment

A prolifoc resource for biodiversity and human health curricula where you will find hands-on, classroom tested, standards based activities for your classroom.

Lesson Plan; Professional Development Course

Online Physical Education Network (OPEN)

OPEN seeks to improve the effectiveness of physical education for every child. These free resources can help PE teachers help students with rigorous, outcomes-based curriculum tools.

Lesson Plan

Anatomy of the Human Heart and Cardiovascular System

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

Lesson Plan; Multimedia; 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.

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