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Each week, Education World's Great Sites for Teaching About ... page highlights Web sites to help educators work timely themes into their lessons. This week's sites are among the best on the Web for teaching about health.


  1. ADA Kid's Corner
    The American Dental Association has put together this page of information and activities for kids and teenagers to promote good dental health. The site includes several word games and coloring sheets that are formatted for easy printing. Three Dudley the Dinosaur movies tell kids about brushing and flossing, and healthful snacks, and a dental health quiz can test their knowledge (all are in .avi format and are approximately 1 MB in size). The teen section is full of information on tooth and gum care for young adults.


  2. BrainPOP Health
    This cutting-edge Web site offers teachers and students a multitude of health topics. Each topic opens up a new window complete with an animated video and follow-up activities. Links to science, technology, and a site search add to the value of this site.


  3. Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.)
    For those schools that use the D.A.R.E. program, this site offers lots of material that reinforces the D.A.R.E. message. Areas that promote a positive self-concept, sections that encourage kids to say "No" to drug use, and lists of activities to keep boredom away enhance the program. The site, which uses Flash technology to rev up its page, also has areas for educators and parents.


  4. Explore Your Dream World
    This ThinkQuest entry takes the viewer through an exploration of sleep and how it can affect health. The site has worthwhile sections on both sleep and dreams, and the segment on sleep and health does a first-rate job of presenting common issues such as snoring, sleeplessness, and nightmares. The interactive corner offers the opportunity for discussion and dream analysis that is ideal for secondary students, and the teaching resources section offers activity ideas and links to supplement the site.


  5. The Food Timeline
    Have you taught students about the food pyramid? Did you cover the food groups and healthful diets? Are you looking for a new and different way to approach nutrition? This interactive time line offers you and your students all kinds of perspective on how foods have evolved throughout the ages -- from salt and bread to Spam and Flutie Flakes! Did you realize canned tuna was first made in 1903 or that Grey Poupon dijon mustard dates back to 1777? Imagine the implications across the curriculum in your classroom!


  6. Health Finder
    Imagine a searchable database for all things related to health. This U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Web site brings together hot topics such as disease prevention, diet, and exercise and a bountiful collection of reference works and research links. Visitors can even search the site by gender and age group to tailor the experience to their own needs. This site is a great resource for health classes!


  7. Health Smart
    Georgia-Pacific presents this site to involve students in their own education about germs, hygiene, and good safety practices. The virtual home is a great place where children can experience germ "hot spots" around the house. And the list of lesson plans in .pdf format makes life much easier for teachers who are teaching about hygiene and healthful choices in the classroom.


  8. KidsHealth The Nemours Foundation provides this site for parents, kids, and teens on timely topics that relate directly to health and quality of life. The section for each age group provides different, appropriate information. Parents can select from such topics as General Health, Infections, Medical Care & the Health System, and more. The kids' section has articles on such topics as My Body and Kids' Talk as well as games and a glossary. Teens are offered Mind Matters, Food & Fitness, and other timely articles.


  9. Live Healthier, Live Longer
    The National Institutes of Health presents this site on the number one killer in the United States: heart disease. The site explains coronary heart disease, healthful choices for avoiding it, and practical approaches to living with high cholesterol. The online radio messages are a nice touch that help humanize the point that avoiding coronary heart disease is something students can do from the time they are young.


  10. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Kids' Pages
    The NIEHS has developed this site to help kids make the connection between the environment and their health. The Read all about it! page covers lots of information on environmental health, and the rest of the site brings together jokes and riddles, games and activities, art and word puzzles, and even a section on rewarding careers in the environmental health sciences. This page is more for fun and reinforcement than introduction of new material.


Walter McKenzie
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