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A healthy start for back to school

§ August 14th, 2013 § Filed under Elementary School, Health, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

Studies show that healthy lifestyle choices are a key component to students’ success. Keep your new students informed about healthy eating and exercise habits with these resources.

Operation Nutrition is a guide to nutrition, exercise, and healthy activities for students. Learn about what foods to buy at the grocery store, “super foods,” healthy drink choices, and exercises to get moving. Download the PDF guide here.

Let’s Move, an initiative to end childhood obesity started by Michelle Obama, has a blog as well as resources and tips for schools to do their part in keeping students healthy and active. Find out more here.


Let’s Move with Michelle Obama during National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

§ April 30th, 2013 § Filed under Elementary School, Health, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

Be sure to check out the new NIE Teacher Blog post about National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, celebrated in May. It highlights First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move program, which aims to fight childhood obesity, and includes useful websites and resources for keeping students active and healthy.

Find the blog post here and be sure to subscribe for more helpful tips!

MIT Videos Make Science Fun for Students

§ April 27th, 2012 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Elementary School, Health, High School, Math, Middle School, Science, Teacher resources § No Comments

What does Hermione from Harry Potter and a fairy have to do with flying an airplane? Well, you probably won’t find them in a cockpit anytime soon. But Massachusetts Institute of Technology students are using characters like these to teach K-12 students science concepts. In a new project called MIT+K12, college students have made more than 30 online videos that teach important STEM topics from the Doppler Effect to chlorophyl.

For more information, read the Boston Herald article MIT videos teach fun-damental lessons. Then watch more than 30 science videos on the MIT+k12 website here.

Red Ribbon Week

§ October 24th, 2011 § Filed under Current Events, Health, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

The drug and alcohol prevention campaign Red Ribbon Week is from October 23 through October 31. People across the country don red ribbons in remembrance of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent Enriqué “Kiki” Camarena. In 1985 while working on a marijuana and cocaine trafficking case in Mexico, he was murdered by drug traffickers.

Red Ribbon Week calls attention to the dangers of drug trafficking on an international scale, and it serves as a reminder to students to stay drug and alcohol free.

To help observe Red Ribbon Week in your classroom, Boston Herald NIE teachers can download the free anti-drinking curriculum guide Teenage Drinking: Too much, too soon... too risky here.

You can also learn more about the history of Red Ribbon Week by following this link.

TV and Teen Drinking

§ April 28th, 2011 § Filed under Current Events, English Language Arts, Health, High School, Media criticism § Tagged , , § No Comments

Between prom and graduation, it’s the season to celebrate. The end of the school year is also an important time to talk to students about celebrating responsibly. Here is an NIE activity that can open a discussion about the dangers of underage drinking.

Researchers have found that the more television high school students watch, the more likely they are to start drinking. The characters on TV who drink alcohol are often portrayed as influential and glamorous to teens. Take the MTV show Skins for example. The first time I saw a commercial for the program I thought it was a public service announcement against underage drinking. But it’s the opposite—Skins is centered on teenagers partying and consuming alcohol.

Have your students review the television listings in the Boston Herald. Based on research and prior knowledge of the shows, students should make a list of programs that can encourage drinking. Then discuss with your class why those programs might promote drinking, and how underage drinking is harmful.

Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

This activity is adapted from the NIE and the Common Core State Standards packet. Download the complete packet available on the NIE homepage.

Designed for students in grades 9-12, this activity can complement English Language Arts, current events, media criticism, and health classes.