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Halloween: Vids, Downloads, and Spooky Stuff
Category: Misc.
Tags: halloween halloween usa halloween stuff

Visit PBSLearningMedia's Halloween Collection for free videos and lesson plans.

Download free Halloween activities and crafts from StudyLadder.

Learn about mummies, spiders and bats with free resources from Kids Discover.

Visit Listenwise to hear a public radio story on the History of Witches, and what led to the Salem Witch Trials.

Participate in an online witch trial at NatGeo's Salem Witch Hunt Interactive.

Learn about the brain with a look at the neuroscience of zombies.

Check out these read-aloud ghost stories for kids.

Write your own Halloween tale with Scholastic's scary story starters

Read about one roadschooling family's unscheduled stop in the Twilight Zone.

Play some online Halloween games

Practice reading comprehension with some K-12 Halloween articles. 

Knowing Poe: Learn about “Poe the Person” through interactive features that allow you to tour his house, learn about his education, or solve the mystery of his death. Learn more about “Poe the Writer” with activities exploring his techniques. And in the “Poe Library,” along with a list of his works, you’ll find primary source documents, such as letters and original manuscripts; and the many and varying references to his works both here, and around the world.

Study Suspense in Poetry: Speaking of Poe, visit TeachersFirst’s The Raven to learn more about such literary devices as alliteration, assonance, internal rhyme, metaphor and simile, and personification.  Move the mouse over highlighted words to see what devices are being employed. There's also an interactive version of The Highwayman.

Design your own haunted house

Body Systems and other Health Topics
Category: Science
Tags: body systems for kids human body systems body systems worksheets body systems and organs

At KidsHealth there are a number of health lessons, games, and worksheets for pre-school through high school, covering topics on the human body, personal health (fitness, nutrition, hygiene, etc.), and health problems. There are: 

Other Sites:

Build A Body: Drag and drop body parts into the correct positions.

GetBodySmart: Organ Systems Interactive

BBC Human Body Interactives

Energy Balance Pre-K: Downloadable lessons about nutrition and physical activity.

Teen Health Literacy: CK-12 Flexbook on nutrition, physical activity, drug abuse and reproduction.

Human Body Textbook: Teacher's site with online sections of Prentice Hall textbook; Powerpoints; and assignments.

Harcourt Health Diagrams: Grades K - 6

Health Interactives: e-lessons from e-Learning for Kids.

GetBodySmart: Animations on human anatomy and physiology.

Web Adventures - Drugs: Effects of substance abuse on the body.

Web Adventures - Alcohol: Effects on body systems.

Downloads:  

All About Cells
Category: Science
Tags: cell function cell pictures cell biology cell organelles cell kids science science websites life sciences

If you're doing life science with your middle schoolers this year, these sites can help:

Science-Class.netMany free science resources for elementary and middle-school grades. The section on cells features activities and labs, slideshows, games and quizzes, and links to interactives and other resources. 

Biology CornerAnother site with many lesson plans, worksheets and activities focusing on anatomy, biology and physics. The section on cells features lab activities, study guides, and interactive lessons.

Cells Are UsFree middle-school curriculum with five instructional units. More emphasis is placed on cell functions, (rather than structure), and includes activities.

Cells AliveInteractive illustrations of animal, plant and bacteria cells. View the site's BioCams to see cells growing. Downloadable worksheets are also available.

Making Cell Models: Links to instructions for making cell models using all kinds of materials, including clay, Karo syrupjello, and more jello

Cell Download: Instructional slides from a teacher's site featuring information on cell theory, cell cycle, cellular respiration, cell similarities, cell structure and function.



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