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Food Pyramid

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
The Food Pyramid is an important tool for youngsters to be introduced to. This lesson succeeds at combining direct instruction with artwork and a movement activity to help young learners discover the food pyramid. A cut-and-paste...
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Morning Fitness Tips

For Teachers K - 6th
Share Morning Fitness Tips with your class, or your whole school! You will have to put time and effort into preparing your costumes and in getting together what fitness information, you want to share, but the program is a great addition...
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Violence in Sports

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Students explore the gratuitous use of violence in televised sports. They discuss sports they participate in, and the rules and consequences that relate to unsporting behaviour. They see if the same rules apply to professional athletes.
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You've Gotta Have a Gimmick!: A Lesson in Junk Food Advertising

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students examine marketing techniques used in television and magazine snack food ads. They analyze and discuss Internet kids clubs, complete various handouts that examine ads for food, and create a commercial for a food product.
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Nature and Place Names in Arkansas

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine the way that many place names in Arkansas came to be. By looking at Arkansas highway maps, they find names that come from the characteristics of each of the state's six geographical divisions. This interesting...
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Make a Train

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Youngsters should have fun learning about and making a train. The children will learn that some trains carry people and some carry goods, identify different railroad cars, and understand that trains need tracks that are in good condition...
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Add-On Line Dancing

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
This dance activity is exactly what the title says it is: add-on line dancing! Each dancer creates an 8-count piece of a line dance. They can pull from anything they have learned so far. After individuals have choreographed their...
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Tooth Truth

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Getting in the habit of practicing good dental hygeine is important for youngters. This lesson reinforces the importance. Learners have a class discussion about how they take care of their teeth, then create toothbrush holders out of...
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Pantomime

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
There's no doubt that dramatic play and creative movement are both essential for a healthy early childhood education. Here is a lesson that promotes both. Youngsters think of activities and emotions. The words are written on pieces of...
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Art Imitates Life

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Elementary and middle schoolers examine postcards depicting World War I events. Eventually, they create prints that reflect their own lives. In an interesting blend of history and current events, this lesson should engage your kids in...
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Cat Facts

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Kids love cats! Here is a lesson that invites youngsters to do some research on the critters. They must answer questions such as: "How many different kinds of cats are there?" "Why did Egyptians worship cats?" and, "How far can cats...
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Heroes in History - ABC Book

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Youngsters research information about people in history that we recognize as heroes. They write short biographies about their assigned heroes, and create an ABC book. This is an ambitious project becausev26 people must be chosen and...
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Big Buddies

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Big Buddies is a wonderful tradition that has been going on in schools for a long time. Older children get together with much younger children for mentoring purposes. It's a confidence builder for all involved. There are two wonderful...
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Appreciating Talents

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Here is a nice and easy way to boost your kids self-esteem; help them to create awards which recognize their strengths, abilities, and talents. First, learners have to identify what they are good at and what talents they have. Awards are...
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A Kindness Tree

For Teachers Pre-K - 1st
Children record instances when they witness kindness on paper flowers. The flowers are posted on a class tree. Children may also journal and add art to the tree. This lovely idea can be utilized during any part or throughout the entire...
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Storytelling of the Four Tribes of Nevada

For Teachers K - 6th
Learners work in groups to identify the major characters and events found in a Nevada Native American folklore story. Each of the groups takes on the role of a different tribe, and they are given a story from that tribe's oral history....