K-12 Health & P.E. Source Page
 by
Gina Otto

From Inspiring Teachers Publishing Group
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HEALTH AND P. E. SITES- Lessons and Sources

<>BASEBALL REFERENCE - http://www.baseball-reference.com/
One of the hobbies that has taken root as an offshoot of our national pastime is the compilation of baseball statistics and mythology. Baseball reference is a fully searchable, one stop site that brings together all the facts, figures and lore fans crave. Here you will find everything from batting averages and career leaders to team profiles and birthdays. And the links to news, analysis and travel information makes this site as useful as it is fun. Have your students practice as they plan a week-long travel itinerary following their favorite team's schedule.

BAM! BODY AND MIND - http://www.cdc.gov/bam/
Designed for kids nine to thirteen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are quizzes and games, BAM! encourages pre-teens to make healthy lifestyle choices, and also gives teachers activities linked to national science education standards. The Physical Activity section has a quiz to determine which fitness activities best suit your style, and an interactive activity calendar to help plan your fitness week.

CAMPAIGN FOR TOBACCO FREE KIDS - http://tobaccofreekids.org/
"Tobacco's Toll: 1,019,456 kids became regular smokers in 2001. 326,226 will eventually die from their addiction."  Tobacco Free Kids encourages political action to stop the tobacco industry  from targeting kids.  For a twisted look at a serious problem, don't miss the "The Real Phillip Morris" animated e-movie. To learn how you can join the fight against tobacco, visit the Youth Action section.  Other highlights are the Tobacco Ad Gallery and  the Research Center.

CELLS ALIVE - http://www.cellsalive.com/
Excellent graphics-intensive site presenting up-close and personal videos of different viruses and bacteria, as well as blood and body cells

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION - http://www.cdc.gov/
News, statistics, traveler's information, health information, and publications and products from the CDC,  Do you need to know how to cure Bubonic Plague?  You will get your answers here.

<>CHOOSE MY PLATEhttp://www.choosemyplate.gov/kids/
The USDA now uses the metaphor of a plate instead of the Food Pyramid. What should be on our plate? Vegetables, grains, fruits, and protein (in order from most to least) with a side serving of dairy, such as milk. Choose My Plate uses games, activity sheets, videos, songs, recipes, and ideas for physical activities to teach us about nutrition.

<>COLORBLIND HOME PAGE - http://colorvisiontesting.com/
"This web-site defines being colorblind and will educate you about the different types of colorblindness. It explains why you may be colorblind and what teachers, school nurses, and parents should know about being colorblind." Visit to take an online color vision test, and to learn more about what it's like being colorblind.

<>COLOR BLINDNESS TEST - http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/color-blindness-test/
From Barbara Feldman, kids can take the color blindness test or find links to play free games on line. Even Brain Training Games links appear here. Great site.

COLOR MATTERS - http://www.colormatters.com/color-and-vision
"Color plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. Color can change thinking and actions, and cause reactions. It can irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure, or suppress your appetite." This site includes sections on the science, sociology, and art of color, as well as a section just for kids: Color Matters for Kids.

DEALING WITH FEELINGS - http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/index.html
What kid doesn't have trouble dealing with his/her feelings about everyday life?  Divorce, a new baby, bullies, violence, stress?  This site can help you help your students.


ESPN SPECIAL - DRUGS AND SPORTS- http://espn.go.com/special/s/drugsandsports/index.html
This is the last of an eight-part series of articles examining the effects of commonly abused substances on athletic performance and overall health.

FOOD CHAMPS - http://www.foodchamps.org/
Bright colors and cartoon mascots, makes Food Champs fun and games for kids as young as two. Choices include coloring pages, printable stickers, printable recipe cards, interactive games, printable activity sheets, and a gallery of artwork. Games are divided into two age groups: two to five, and six to eight. They include Farm to Fork (learn how food gets from the field to your table), Fruit & Vegetable Math, and Healthy Choices Maze.

FOOD SCIENCE LESSON PLANS - http://foodscience.psu.edu/youth/educators
Great resources for teachers about food, food safety, and other links.

aFOOD TIMELINE - http://www.foodtimeline.org/
Ever wonder what the Vikings ate when they set off to explore the new world? How Dolly Madison made her ice cream? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? Who invented the potato chip...and why? Food is the fun part of social studies! The tricky part is finding recipes you can make in a modern kitchen, with ingredients bought at your local supermarket and bring into school to share with your class.

FUN-ATTIC ACTIVITY GUIDE - http://www.funattic.com/games.htm
Unique games, physical education lesson plans, and activities for all levels of play, including the disabled. Fund raiser ideas for your next money making event


rGAMES KIDS PLAY - http://www.gameskidsplay.net/
Rules and guidelines for over 50 children's games; handy reference for classroom and PE teachers - links to other games sites for even more ideas.  Lots of text.

GIRLSHEALTH.GOV - http://www.girlshealth.gov/fitness/
This site can help you find ways to make fitness part of your everyday life. Learn why fitness matters to your health and how much and what kinds of exercise you need; fun ways to work out and how to make a fitness plan that works with your lifestyle; if you are working out hard enough—or too much; how playing sports not only can keep you fit, but also help keep the rest of your life on track; and how to keep from getting hurt while working out.

HEALTH AND NUTRITION INFORMATION - http://www.healthfinder.gov
Hot topics, news, smart choices and more are linked to this neat site.
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION LESSON PLANS - http://www.pecentral.org/lessonideas/pelessonplans.html
K-12 Health and PE lesson plans, ideas, classroom management and other interesting links from PECentral.

HEALTH INFORMATION A TO Z - http://www.cdc.gov/health/diseases.htm
Click on the first letter of the disease to find information concerning it from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HUMAN VISION - http://www.vision3d.com/
Fun site on optics with sections on how to see 3D Magic Eye, stereo vision, vision care, virtual reality, Magic Eye stereograms and optical illusions.

ILLNESS PREVENTION - http://www.cleanitsupply.com/blog/illness-prevention-the-k-12-cleanliness-and-hygiene-lesson-plan-collection/
K-12 cleanliness and hygiene Lesson Plan Collection divided into topics, grade levels and diseases. Check this out.

<>INJURIES - Khttp://www.cdc.gov/Injury/
CDC Health topics, in alphabetical order.  Injuries in children and adolescents are major articles in this series by the CDC. 

KIDS HEALTH ORG. - http://kidshealth.org/kid/
Did you ever wonder how your body works?  What makes you sick?  How to keep safe?  Those are the questions that starts this great site for kids.  Adults can check it out too! Hey, What Bit Me? and What are boogers? are other questions that are answered right here, in case you are interested.

KIDS LEARN ABOUT DIABETES - http://www.kidslearnaboutdiabetes.org/.
Online tutorial relating the facts about this pancreatic disease, with nice clean diagrams, useful statistics, and occasional spot quizzes to keep the participant on task - upper Elementary and Middle School.
LAB TESTS ONLINE  -  http://www.labtestsonline.org/
You have to go to a lab to have a test following a trip to the doctor.  Why?  This site will tell you what tests look for and how the test is done.  Articles include Inside the Lab and Follow the Sample.  Chem and Life Science teachers might want to use this site totie in good lab habits and careers.

LEARN TO BE HEALTHY - http://www.learntobehealthy.org
Get activities and health lesson plans your students will love. Search by grade, topic or national and state standards.

LESSON PLANS FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS - http://www.pecentral.org/lessonideas/pelessonplans.html

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH - http://nih.gov/
A great website for teachers and students to integrate basic biomedical research into biology and health curricula. Contains info on different diseases with health risks for minority populations.  The section for teachers gives great resources and info!

NBA BASKETBALL TEAMS - http://espn.go.com/nba/teams

NFL PLAY 60 - http://www.nfl.com/play60
Play 60 games, all having to do with health not only football. 

aNUTRITION DATA'S NUTRITION FACTS ANALYZER - http://www.nutritiondata.com/index.html
FAST FOOD FACTS!! NutritionData (ND) generates nutrition labels and provides simplified nutritional analyses such as foods that are lowest in carbohydrates, highest in protein, or that match any other dietary restrictions or goals. Translate confusing ingredient labels with ND's Food Additive identifier or browse a list of the 50 Most Popular Foods. You can even analyze your daily dietary intake using the "Pantry." Pretty amazing site. Play with it before lunch!

PARENT'S COMMON SENSE ENCYCLOPEDIA - http://www.drhull.com/EncyMaster/index.html
This site answers questions on a range of children's ailments.  Written by a pediatrician who gives easily understood answers to common questions that parents may have about their children's health and well being, this is a great site that covers both serious illnesses and common worries.

PE CENTRAL - http://www.pecentral.org/lessonideas/pelessonplans.html
Everything you need to know and want to know about physical education including lesson plans for various sports, dance, archery and other aspects of P.E. Also go to Log It where you record up to 25,000 physical activity steps per day, the equivalent of twelve and a half miles. "In addition to recording their steps or miles, they [kids] can participate in a virtual hike across the USA with their class, be involved in class competitions vs. other classes, set daily goals, view their own personal step log, and compare their steps with other kids of the same age and gender."


PHYSICAL EDUCATION RUBRIC - http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/rubrics/general/
Just what the doctor ordered.  Once you have estabished the learning expectations or outcomes you want to assess, you create your own rubric.

PROMOTING BETTER HEALTH FOR YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND SPORTS - http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/PhysicalActivity/
Ten strategies for improving the physical fitness of young people, and the adults they will become, are listed in this report by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Education.  This report is of interest for any parent, teacher, administrator or school board member interested in improving student health and decreasing obesity in the general population.

aRECONSTRUCTORS SOLVE MEDICAL MYSTERIES - http://medmyst.rice.edu
Medical Mysteries is an interactive online game. Students solve mysteries and in doing so learn how infectious diseases are spread. The Missions teach the fundamentals of microbiology, infectious diseases, and epidemiology including virtual labs and are aligned with National Science Education Content Standards. Teacher Pages contain lots of downloadable resources. Also in Spanish. You need to run Adobe Flash.

<>THE SCHOOL ATHLETICS CENTER - http://www.edgate.com/school_athletics/student/sporting_articles/
Play Ball! Teachable Science and Math Ideas about Baseball Educators, take a look at these sites to learn how you can use baseball to teach science and math. Students, check out these cool, sports-related activities.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR KIDS - http://www.sikids.com
Games, reports, articles, sports trivia, sports on TV -- this is stuff for kids and adults too.

SPORTS RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET http://www.el.com/elinks/sports/
Online resources to professional, college and general sports information including football, baseball, basketball and all other sports.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND WEIGHT CHANGEhttp://drugabuse.com/guides/substance-abuse-and-weight-change/
Can be navigated by mousing over the “Skip to Section” button. This is a comprehensive 6,000 word research piece, that was written to help prevent and treat harms associated with weight, diet and substance abuse. It includes easily-understood graphic elements, 27 supporting citations of landmark research and authority sources (seen at the bottom) and answers for the most common questions regarding changes in weight, alcohol and every major drug of abuse.

aSUPERKIDS NUTRITION - http://www.superkidsnutrition.com/sckids/
“Saving the World, One Healthy Food at a Time!" This page for elementary ages introduces nutrition concepts through the Super Crew. Click on a character (from Abigail to Carlos) and explore their super powers, as you eat your way though the rainbow. As Abigail says, "I get my powers from all colors of healthy foods."

VISIBLE HUMAN PROJECT - http://www.madsci.org/~lynn/VH/
A virtual tour of the human body using cross-sectional anatomy, animation and interactive annotations - fabulous for HS

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Last Update April, 2021

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