Sizing Up Servings : Assessing Definitions of Recommended Food Portions
With the growing concern over unhealthy eating habits in the US, this lesson plan from the New York Times Learning Network offers a timely and interesting look at the concept of serving size. The lesson helps students understand the definition of a suggested serving size and re-define their daily food intake in terms of these recommended amounts. A recent New York Times article on the topic plus an extensive set of classroom activities form the basis of the lesson, which requires about one hour
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Sizing Up Servings : Assessing Definitions of Recommended Food Portions
With the growing concern over unhealthy eating habits in the US, this lesson plan from the New York Times Learning Network offers a timely and interesting look at the concept of serving size. The lesson helps students understand the definition of a suggested serving size and re-define their daily food intake in terms of these recommended amounts. A recent New York Times article on the topic plus an extensive set of classroom activities form the basis of the lesson, which requires about one hour
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Middle School Portal: Math and Science Pathways (MSP2)
This Web site contains the most recent West Nile virus data from the Centers for Disease Control. The main features include a 2003 Human Case Count and updated maps representing the spread of the virus. A downloadable document outlines the CDC's West Nile virus surveillance and control program, which involves weekly data collection for wild birds, sentinel chicken flocks, human cases, veterinary cases, and mosquito surveillance. The site also provides links to general information about the virus
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This Web site contains the most recent West Nile virus data from the Centers for Disease Control. The main features include a 2003 Human Case Count and updated maps representing the spread of the virus. A downloadable document outlines the CDC's West Nile virus surveillance and control program, which involves weekly data collection for wild birds, sentinel chicken flocks, human cases, veterinary cases, and mosquito surveillance. The site also provides links to general information about the virus
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The University of California at Irvine's National Fuel Cell Research Center maintains the Energy Tutorial Web site. This well designed online tutorial takes students through more than twenty subject areas, including energy, fossil fuels, solar energy, biomass and waste, energy conversion, fuel cells, environmental impacts, and much more. Each topic includes non-technical text, photographs, graphs, and other interesting graphics, as well as a short quiz and additional links on the topic. The easi
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Smithsonian Magazine: On the Trail of West Nile Virus
The July 2003 issue of Smithsonian Magazine includes a feature article about the West Nile Virus. The article offers an in-depth look at the work of a group of scientists as they race to develop vaccines against the scourge while others probe the possible lingering effects of the mosquito-borne infection. The 7-page articles may be downloaded free of charge. The site also includes links to related Smithsonian Magazine articles.
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Smithsonian Magazine: On the Trail of West Nile Virus
The July 2003 issue of Smithsonian Magazine includes a feature article about the West Nile Virus. The article offers an in-depth look at the work of a group of scientists as they race to develop vaccines against the scourge while others probe the possible lingering effects of the mosquito-borne infection. The 7-page articles may be downloaded free of charge. The site also includes links to related Smithsonian Magazine articles.
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The Coastal Ocean Observatory Laboratory (COOL) of Rutgers Marine and Coastal Sciences invites teachers and students to use the COOL Classroom, a series of Internet-based instructional modules that link middle and high school classrooms with active research investigations conducted by Rutgers scientists. In the Gone Fishing module, students explore the role of phytoplankton in the marine food web, and learn a lot about the experimental design in the process. A printable teacher's guide helps edu
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Smart-Mouth.org
The Center for Science in the Public Interest presents Smart-Mouth.org, an engaging way to learn more about nutrition and the food industry. Users will find loads of fun and informative features, such as Choose Ur Chews, where users select fast food and snack items from different categories to see how they measure up on the cal-o-meter and the sat-fat-o-meter. While visiting the site, watch for pop-up Snacktoids, providing quick info bites that might surprise you. Users are also encouraged to ta
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The Center for Science in the Public Interest presents Smart-Mouth.org, an engaging way to learn more about nutrition and the food industry. Users will find loads of fun and informative features, such as Choose Ur Chews, where users select fast food and snack items from different categories to see how they measure up on the cal-o-meter and the sat-fat-o-meter. While visiting the site, watch for pop-up Snacktoids, providing quick info bites that might surprise you. Users are also encouraged to ta
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BAM! Body and Mind
Includes a Teacher's Corner with middle school classroom activities based on national education standards for science and health. The site is designed to answer students' questions on health and science topics and recommend ways to make their bodies and minds healthier, stronger, and safer. Fun activities teach about issues ranging from stress, and physical activity, and asthma to epidemiology and a West Nile virus investigation.
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BAM! Body and Mind
Includes a Teacher's Corner with middle school classroom activities based on national education standards for science and health. The site is designed to answer students' questions on health and science topics and recommend ways to make their bodies and minds healthier, stronger, and safer. Fun activities teach about issues ranging from stress, and physical activity, and asthma to epidemiology and a West Nile virus investigation.
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NewsHour Extra: Addressing Health Mysteries
In this PBS NewsHour Extra lesson plan, students take an in-depth look at the SARS epidemic, with a particular focus on pan-national public health administration. A NewsHour interview with Dr. David Heyman, Director for Communicable Diseases at the World Health Organization (WHO), forms the basis of the exercise (video, audio, and transcript available). A NewsHour Extra story on SARS provides additional material. The site also offers ideas for homework and extension activities, each designed to
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NewsHour Extra: Addressing Health Mysteries
In this PBS NewsHour Extra lesson plan, students take an in-depth look at the SARS epidemic, with a particular focus on pan-national public health administration. A NewsHour interview with Dr. David Heyman, Director for Communicable Diseases at the World Health Organization (WHO), forms the basis of the exercise (video, audio, and transcript available). A NewsHour Extra story on SARS provides additional material. The site also offers ideas for homework and extension activities, each designed to
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SARS may currently dominate the headlines, but the Whyfiles takes another look at another fast-spreading viral disease: West Nile. West Nile has spread to 44 US states and beyond, and while it can be fatal to humans, it remains primarily a bird disease. The Whyfiles offers an in-depth exploration of West Nile in North American birds, tackling the questions How far? How fast? What's next? Who's next? The report also explains how researchers conduct bird studies, such as lab and field studies, ane
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SARS may currently dominate the headlines, but the Whyfiles takes another look at another fast-spreading viral disease: West Nile. West Nile has spread to 44 US states and beyond, and while it can be fatal to humans, it remains primarily a bird disease. The Whyfiles offers an in-depth exploration of West Nile in North American birds, tackling the questions How far? How fast? What's next? Who's next? The report also explains how researchers conduct bird studies, such as lab and field studies, ane
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The NOVA documentary Search for a Safe Cigarette recounts the tobacco industry's decades-long attempt to engineer a safer cigarette. This companion Web site offers a number of interesting and informative features, as well as a lesson plan for grades 5-8 and 9-12. The interactive feature titled Anatomy of a Cigarette offers a fascinating tour of the conventional cigarette and two safer versions. The Web site also includes: a review of the safer cigarette's checkered pedigree; an animated introduc
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The NOVA documentary Search for a Safe Cigarette recounts the tobacco industry's decades-long attempt to engineer a safer cigarette. This companion Web site offers a number of interesting and informative features, as well as a lesson plan for grades 5-8 and 9-12. The interactive feature titled Anatomy of a Cigarette offers a fascinating tour of the conventional cigarette and two safer versions. The Web site also includes: a review of the safer cigarette's checkered pedigree; an animated introduc
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Access Excellence presents Purdue University's Pizza Explorer, an engaging teaching tool for food science designed for middle and high school students. Students learn about food processing, chemistry, and nutritional composition of eight pizza ingredients. This multimedia, interactive program aims to demonstrate how science applies to everyday life. Students can choose between two interfaces (left brain or right brain) to suit their particular learning style. Other features include a pop-up glos
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Access Excellence presents Purdue University's Pizza Explorer, an engaging teaching tool for food science designed for middle and high school students. Students learn about food processing, chemistry, and nutritional composition of eight pizza ingredients. This multimedia, interactive program aims to demonstrate how science applies to everyday life. Students can choose between two interfaces (left brain or right brain) to suit their particular learning style. Other features include a pop-up glos
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