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270 to Win: 2008 Presidential Election Interactive Map
"It takes 270 electoral votes to win the Presidential election." This interactive map shows each state and the number of electoral votes they control. As you click on each state, you can change it from red (Republican), to blue (Democrat), and then to tan (undecided.) As you modify each state, the total counter will also update. To begin, you can choose from a number of starting views, such as, for example, the actual results from the 2004 election, when the Republicans won with 286 electoral votes. If you have cookies enabled, your custom map will be saved for your return visits.
http://www.270towin.com/

Ask the White House
Have a question for the President? Now you can ask yourself.
http://askgov.aol.com/
Bureau of Labor Kids
It's never too early to begin thinking about a career. This site is aimed at helping elementary students explore the possibilities. Students click on their area of interest to learn about specific occupations and find information about careers in those fields.
http://stats.bls.gov/k12/html/edu_over.htm
Bureau of Land Management Learning Landscapes
"Learning Landscapes" showcases exciting events, opportunities, and resources on America’s Public Lands. Visit the links below and discover what the BLM has to offer to educators, students, visitors, partners and volunteers.
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/res/Education_in_BLM/Learning_Landscapes.html
Computers For Learning
The site is designed "to streamline the transfer of excess federal computer equipment to schools and educational non-profit organizations, giving special consideration to those with the greatest need."
http://www.computers.fed.gov/School/user.asp
Contacting Congress
Contacting the Congress is a very up-to-date citizen's congressional directory for the 113th Congress. As of February 01, 2013 there are 536 electronic contact addresses (of which 533 are Web-based contact forms), and 536 home pages known for the 540 members of the 113th Congress. Traditional ground mail addresses are available for all current members of Congress.
http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
Elections-The American Way
"Elections...the American Way" is now available for K-12 educators from the Learning Page, American Memory web site. We hope it will be useful in helping your students understand how America got where we "are" with elections; how things have changed,and how they have remained the same; and what an important and precious privilege it is to be a participatory citizen who can vote.
http://learning.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/features/election/index2.html
First Gov
In the words of President Bush "FirstGov is the front door to my administration's e-government initiative." Whether you need a form or an answer, First Gov is an A to Z umbrella portal for the federal government. Of particular interest is First Gov for Kids, which you will find listed under "Especially for." Best click for classroom activities is the Web Treasure Hunt available as a web page or a printable download.
http://www.firstgov.gov
Justice for Youth and Kids
This Web Page is designed just for you. It provides information on different aspects of justice - like internet crimes, drug prevention and laws that protect your rights. Finding information is easy. With one click, learn what you can do to fight crime. With another, you will see the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. Still another will lead you to the history of Civil Rights.
http://www.usdoj.gov/kidspage/
Library of Congress Exhibitions
Find out what is currently on display at the Library of Congress. After visiting the exhibitions, please take a moment to answer our online survey.
http://lcweb.loc.gov/exhibits/
Lunar Prospector Homepage
The NASA/Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA invites you and the world to look at the events surrounding the first NASA Moon mission in 25 years!
http://lunar.arc.nasa.gov/
The National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art and its collections belong to the people of the United States of America. European and American paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and selected works on paper are displayed in the permanent collection galleries, and temporary exhibitions of art from countries and cultures throughout the world are presented on a regular basis.
http://www.nga.gov/
National Gallery of Art-Kids
NGA Kids gives students the opportunity to experience art and some of the stories behind it.
http://www.nga.gov/kids/

National Mock Election
"The National Student/Parent Mock Election seeks to turn the sense of powerlessness that keeps young Americans and their parents, too, from going to the polls into a sense of the power of participation in our democracy." Run by the League of Women Votes and dozens of corporate sponsors, the nonprofit, nonpartisan program provides educational materials to anyone who wants to participate. In 2004, over 4 million students, parents and teachers participated. Since the project began, it has touched over 40 million participants. This year, the Mock Election will be held October 30, 2008.
http://nationalmockelection.org/

Parksmart-The Learning Place
Welcome to the Learning Place, your one place for finding all the education and interpretation related materials on ParkNet. We hope that the tools and resources we provide below are useful and exciting for all our visitors, especially those interested in teaching about America's natural and cultural heritage through the National Parks.
http://www.nps.gov/interp/learn.htm

PBS: Kids Democracy Project
This PBS site for grades three to six is evergreen because it does not specifically cover the 2008 elections, but rather the process itself. "How Does Government Affect Me?" is the largest of the three sections, with pages of learning on topics as diverse as funding local schools to checks and balances in the three branches of the federal government. "President for a Day" is an interactive exercise where you learn all about the president's duties by creating your own presidential agenda.
http://pbskids.org/democracy/

Star Child
Welcome to StarChild
A Learning Center for Young Astronomers
http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/StarChild.html
Supreme Court
The official U.S. Supreme Court site has oodles of educational material (downloadable in Adobe Acrobat PDF) in the About the Supreme Court section. Skip the Brief Overview (which only lists hours and other administrative details) and jump into The Court as an Institution, The Court and Its Traditions, The Court and Its Procedures and The Court Building. Biographies of the current justices, and a listing of all past justices, are also found here. A fabulous photo gallery and info for D.C. visitors wanting to hear oral arguments await you in Visiting the Court.
http://www.supremecourtus.gov/
United States House of Representatives
There are many reasons to stop by the virtual House of Representatives. You can look up your congressman by zip code. Visit your congressmen's website. Or learn about the legislative process by clicking on Educational Links (in the left-hand blue menu) and look for Tying It All Together. This single-page summary of the legislative process describes the four ways a proposal can be introduced to Congress: a bill, a joint resolution, a concurrent resolution, or a simple resolution.
http://www.house.gov/
United States Military Academy at West Point
Welcome to the United States Military Academy at West Point, where leaders of character have been educated, trained and inspired since 1802. The Academy is a popular place to visit, whether you are a tourist, applicant, parent of a cadet, graduate, educational partner, or just plain curious! Whatever has brought you to our site, we are here to help.
http://www.usma.edu/
The United States Mint
To learn more about the Sacajawea dollar coin, visit:
http://www.usmint.gov/
The United States Patent and Trademark Office's Kid's Pages
It is very important to give credit to the sources of information that you use in creating any type of work. The USPTO were prepared using a variety of resources both on the Web and in print.
http://www.uspto.gov/go/kids/index.html
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HEALTH and SAFETY
Are You Really What You Eat?
Welcome to the site that is based upon you and your health! Our objective of this site is to encourage people to care more about their bodies, exercise more, and eat healthy. Use the options below to see more information that will send you on the right track for healthy living!
http://www.ajkids.com/
CDC's Adolescent and School Health
Adolescent and School Health, a division of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, provides this site to help "prevent the most serious health risk behaviors among children, adolescents and young adults."
http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/index.htm

CDC: Fruits and Veggies Matter
Although not specifically for kids, this CDC site has interactive tools, tips, and information for all ages. How many fruits and veggies do you need each day? Enter your age, sex, and level of daily physical activity into the tool on the front page, and learn the benefits of adding more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. Other reasons to visit include Fruit & Vegetable of the Month (pretty pictures to enjoy with your little ones) and Analyze My Plate (drag food items to your virtual plate to get a nutritional analysis of your choices.)
http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/

Children with DIABETES on-line
The on-line community for kids, families and adults with diabetes.
http://www.childrenwithdiabetes.com
Code Red Rover
This site, created by Lowe's Home Safety Council, teaches home safety in a fun, interactive way.
http://www.CodeRedRover.org
Cultural Debates Online
This online activity makes multicultural studies come alive! You'll watch video, learn about issues, read and write opinions, and see what others think too. You'll discover connections and differences between a rainforest society, your own culture, and other communities of students.
http://www.teachtsp2.com/cdonline

Dole 5 A Day
With games, cartoon characters, recipes, and advice on eating right and being fit, Dole has something for everyone. My favorite sections are the Nutrition Database (where I learned that apples are a member of the rose family!), the healthy recipes, and the games. The Superfoods Mighty Gobble & Chomp is a Pacman style game where fruits and vegetables increase your strength, and candies, fries and soda pop decrease it.
http://www.dole5aday.com/

Drug and Alcohol Use with Diabetes
Substance abuse is described as the excessive use of a substance such as alcohol or drugs that results in significant clinical impairments as well as the loss of ability to function academically, professionally, and socially [1]. An individual who was healthy before the substance abuse began will typically begin to experience serious health problems over time, but extensive damage may be avoided or reversed if effective substance abuse treatment is received. This is not the case, however, for individuals who have been diagnosed with diabetes, and although this is a manageable disease with proper treatment, substance abuse may cause it to become life-threatening. This guide will discuss, in detail, how substance abuse can negatively impact the life and health of a person with diabetes.

http://drugabuse.com/guides/substance-abuse-and-diabetes/

Food Champs
With bright colors and cartoon mascots, Food Champs has 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 Fruit & Veggie Pyramid Game.
http://www.foodchamps.org/

Food Guide Pyramid
The Food Guide Pyramid is an outline of what to eat each day based on the Dietary Guidelines . It's not a rigid prescription but a general guide that lets you choose a healthful diet that's right for you.
http://www.nal.usda.gov:8001/py/pmap.htm
The Food Timeline
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!
http://www.gti.net/mocolib1/kid/food.html
Free Vibe
FOR KIDS:

Freevibe.com Produced in partnership with Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) Offers drug education and prevention information vetted by the National Clearinghouse on Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI), message boards, games, and celebrity news. The 'Lowdown' section of this Web site provides an extensive database of information on particular drugs that our youth audience is able to comprehend. The goal of Freevibe is to provide positive peer reinforcement and highlight the benefits of a drug-free lifestyle.
http://www.freevibe.com
Freevibe Teachers' Guide
FOR TEACHERS:
Freevibe Teachers' Guide - - Created with educators and behavioralexperts, this truly unique guide provides teachers with classroom activities and teaching tips to help prevent students from using drugs. The FreevibeTeachers' Guide is based on the popular Freevibe Web site that promotes drug-free lifestyles for adolescents.
http://www.teachersguide.org
HEALTHwindows for Kids
Being a kid today is a difficult job. Part of your job of being a kid means learning how to take care of your health. HEALTHwindows for Kids is your guide to the best health and wellness information on the Internet.
http://www.healthwindows.org/
I Count Advisors
FOR TEENS/TWEENS:
I-Count Advisors-The I-Count Advisors program gives young people the opportunity to voice their opinions online about significant teen/tween issues, such as drug and alcohol use and abuse. By joining the I-Count Advisors teens/tweens become part of a diverse group of responsible and intelligent young people who want to help and influence their peers to make informed and healthy decisions. This program allows them to improve their creativity and communication skills, while providing them with feelings of empowerment, responsibility, respect, and a sense of a community.
http://www.icountadvisors.com
Joe Chemo
The Joe Chemo Web site is a tool for teachers, health educators, and parents to reduce teen smoking
http://www.joechemo.org/
Kidsource Online
The source for in depth and timely education and healthcare information that will make a difference in the lives of parents and their children.
http://www.kidsource.com/
Los Angeles Fire Department Halloween Safety
We wish you a safe and happy Halloween.

http://www.lafd.org/hween.htm
The Maize Page General Information
Columbus did not realize that the gift of maize was far more valuable than the spices or gold he hoped to find. He had no way of knowing that the history of maize traced back some 8,000 years or that it represented the most remarkable plant breeding accomplishment of all time. He might have been embarrassed if he had understood that then, as now, this plant developed by peoples he judged poor and uncivilized far outstripped in productivity any of the cereals bred by Old World farmers --wheat, rice, sorghum, barley, and rye.
http://maize.agron.iastate.edu/

MyPyramid.gov: For Kids
Although the kids home page at MyPyramid.gov lacks color and pizzazz, they have great games and content. MyPyramid Blast Off Game is a flash game for students six to eleven, "where kids can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity. Fuel tanks for each food group help students keep track of how their choices fit into MyPyramid." There are several variations of the healthy food pyramid to print and color. And for classroom or homeschool, there are printable lessons and activities for grades one through six.
http://www.mypyramid.gov/kids/

National Association for Search and Rescue
NASAR is a non-profit membership association comprised of thousands of dedicated paid and non-paid professionals - all active or interested in search and rescue, disaster aid, emergency medicine and awareness education.
http://www.nasar.org/
The National Coalition for School Bus Safety Home Page
The basic design of the Large Yellow School Bus has not been changed since 1977. Families of accident victims, better informed parents, National PTA, and multiple physician groups are demanding improvements.
http://www.ncsbs.org/
Nutrition Explorations
The National Dairy Council sponsors this site. It highlights the programs the council produces for kids at different grade levels -- Chef Combo's Fantastic Adventures for kindergarten, Pyramid Cafe for second grade, and Pyramid Explorations for fourth grade. KidsZone offers fun and games related to nutrition.
http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/

Nutrition Explorations: Kids
"How many servings of Milk Group foods do you think you need every day? Three or more." Explore the world of nutrition with the National Dairy Council. Play games, learn about the food guide pyramid, and get recipes for healthy snacks like a Carrot Cake Smoothie. Games include Arianna's Food Force One ("Go on a global adventure to find ingredients for combination foods"), Quintricious (match foods from five food groups as they fall arcade-style), and Nutrition Mixer (use your knowledge of serving quantities to "mix" a song for a rock band.)
http://www.nutritionexplorations.org/kids/

Recalls, baby safety, recalled infant products, health & safety news
Check out this site for the latest in toy, food, and other safety recalls. Help protect your family and friends!
http://www.safetyalerts.com
Slow Food U.S.A.
Slow Food U.S.A. is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting and celebrating the food traditions of North America. From the spice of Cajun cooking to the purity of the organic movement; from animal breeds and heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables to handcrafted wine and beer, farmhouse cheeses and other artisanal products; these foods are a part of our cultural identity. They reflect generations of commitment to the land and devotion to the processes that yield the greatest achievements in taste. These foods, and the communities that produce and depend on them, are constantly at risk of succumbing to the effects of the fast life, which manifests itself through the industrialization and standardization of our food supply and degradation of our farmland. By reviving the pleasures of the table, and using our tastebuds as our guides, Slow Food U.S.A. believes that our food heritage can be saved.
http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.html
think
What is health? Health is a balance between your physical, mental and social well beings. Each of these three effects the others. If all three are balanced, then wellness is achieved and health is yours.
http://www.teenhealthnet.com/
Winter Weather Awareness
This web page provides valuable information, so you will know how to respond when winter weather grips your area. Be aware and be prepared!
http://205.156.54.206/om/winter/index.shtml
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