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Personal Health (5-12)

* Regular exercise is important to the maintenance and improvement of health.  * The potential for accidents and the existence of hazards imposes the need for injury prevention.  * The use of tobacco increases the risk of illness.  * Alcohol and other drugs are often abused substances, such drugs change how the body functions and can lead to addiction.  * Food provides energy and nutrients for growth and development.  * Sex drive is a natural human function that requires understanding.  * Natural environments may contain substances (ex. lead or radon) that are harmful.  (NSES, 1996)

In the rectangle above, you will find the fundamental concepts and principles that underlie this standard. Below you will find a list of recommended "learning tools" for this standard. Just click the links within the descriptions. Numbers are for reference only. Use our "Tell a Friend" feature, at the bottom,  to send this page to a friend! 


This learning tool is conceptually clear and well designed and is called Eating and Exercise. How many calories are in your favorite foods? How much exercise would you have to do to burn off these calories? What is the relationship between calories and weight? Explore these issues by choosing diet and exercise and keeping an eye on your weight. This learning tool comes to us from the amazing web site called PhET from the University of Colorado.


Google continues to amaze us all! The name of this learning tool is called Flu Trends. Google has found  that certain search terms are good indicators of flu activity. Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity in your state up to two weeks faster than traditional systems. This learning tools comes to us from the philanthropic arm of Google called Google.org.


The name of this clever "learning tool" is Medical Mysteries. This is a problem-based adventure game that engages you, the player, in the role of scientist, historian, and detective. There are three missions, each with its own learning objectives. The knowledge gained from each mission will help you understand how infectious diseases are spread. This wonderful interactive was developed by the Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning, Rice University


Sara's Quest is a “learning tool” developed for use in schools or in the home.  Students learn about the effects of drugs on their brain and body through a series of Flash animations.  This site is brought to us by NIDA for Teens and contains a wealth of additional information on drugs and drug abuse.


The name of this "learning tool" is called Save Your Skin. In this clever interactive lesson students will make their own sunscreen and then test it to see whether they will have fun or fry on the beach. This is brought to us by a tremendous site called TryScience. This site is a well done combination of home and online experiments and lots of other fun stuff.


Body Needs is a “learning tool” brought to us by NOVA, a leader in science television programming. Nutrition is an active field of research, with more being learned every day about the body's needs. Using this tool, students find out what their body needs to function at its best and why.


The name of this "learning tool" is called Life Cycle of HIV - a Retrovirus. This visual lesson is conceptually clear and exceptionally well designed. Once you get to the site,  click the 'Narrated" button to see the animation. This tool was produced by Samanas, Inc. This company has created some of the most well executed animations for life science and statistics.


Responding to Alcohol: What's Important? comes to us from the National Institutes of Health.  Students explore the effects of alcohol on the motor activity (movement) of mice by analyzing data from three experiments.


The name of this "learning tool" is called Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Lung Development Activity. In this activity, you will collect and analyze scientific data from an experiment performed by scientists at the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center. You will learn the steps of a scientific experiment, how to use morphometry to collect three-dimensional data, and how to interpret your data. This comes to us from The Biology Project, a premier biology site.


This "learning tool" is called How Cancer Grows and comes to us from the Nova television series. This episode was called Cancer Warrior. The program follows the extraordinary odyssey of surgeon-turned-researcher Dr. Judah Folkman, who, together with colleagues at Children's Hospital in Boston, has spent over 30 years searching for ways to curb cancer by cutting off blood flow to tumors.


This "learning tool" allows your students to see natural selection in action as it describes the Rise of Antibiotic Resistance. Once you get to the page, click the "Click to View Animation" button and then click the "Narrated" button. Sumanas, Inc.  produced this great animation and many other conceptually concise life science related multimedia. They know how to teach well!


This learning tool is called Malaria and features 2 short interactive games that can teach students aspects of one of the most common diseases in the world. It has been developed by nobelprize.org -  The Nobel prize is an international award given yearly since 1901 for achievements in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and for peace. This site is filled with interesting and fun information.


Two Forks, Idaho is a science mystery story about food poisoning in which students assume the role of a medical investigator on vacation in Idaho. Students must figure out who was responsible for transmitting a food borne pathogen and figure out how it was transmitted.  This learning tool is brought to us by Access Excellence..


Personal, mobile music devices are everywhere, but also is the potential for students to damage their hearing. The web site called Dangerous Decibels does a great job of informing kids about the dangers, and ways to prevent hearing loss. Just click the Start Here button when you reach the site to go to their Virtual Exhibit. This site is sponsored by the National Institute of Health.


The name of this fantastic "learning tool" is called Mouth Power. Experiment to find the healthiest choices about food, tobacco, and cleaning habits. Explore the history of dentistry and the story of your own teeth! Then create your own poster about healthy mouth habits. Click the "Let's Go!" button when you get to the site. Produced by the National Museum of Dentistry


This spectacular suite of learning tools is called Infectious Disease: evolving challenges to human health.  (You'll have to scroll to the middle of the page at this link and then click). Filled with movies and interactives this engaging and well designed site has been developed by the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences.




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