Thursday, July 05, 2012

A Series of Educational Sites: "G" BAM! Body and Mind™

BAM! Body and Mind™ is a cool site I landed on just today in fact! I didn't even realize it was out there--It was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (agency of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). I liked what I saw, as there are a lot things any upper elementary and middle school students, even some high school students, face emotionally, physically, mentally, and socially...
interactive site for kids educational healthy lifestyle choicesAnd, besides how to face/handle situations in life, there are great tips, facts, advice, and more to be found on BAM! Body and Mind™-- So, if you have kids or teach upper elementary through high school, you will probably find it just as neat a site as I did. See the screenshot of a fraction of the index page so you'll recognize it! 
Kids can play a variety games in the game room, for example, that pertain to making healthy lifestyle choices. There are tons of topics, but
just to name a handful, this list give you an idea.
  1. How advertisements can manipulate people
  2. Stress
  3. Oral hygiene
  4. Peer pressure
  5. Bullying
  6. Nutrition
  7. Infections
  8. Disease
  9. Saying "no"
  10. Feeling left out
  11. Choices/consequences
  12. Safety
AND TONS MORE!
As I was going through one of the games, I noticed that when answering questions about a topic, an explanation is provided that gives further detail instead of just a "Right" or "Wrong" answer. 
Kiddos can learn a lot just from picking up tid bits of information here and there through a game. 
As a teacher or parent, you know kids retain information in different ways. Perhaps some just might tune in to the facts presented through the quiz games and other interactive features on this site when they aren't tuning in to what adults (you) are trying to explain. It's always worth a try!
I bet most any of us could pick up a thing or two even though it's designed  to be a children's interactive site! 
Go ahead....tell me what you think when you check it out! I'd love to hear which topic you found interesting!

In case you missed them, see previous posts of "A Series of Educational Sites" I've blogged about:
Educational Site A: Quizlet
Educational Site B: Arcademic Skill Builders
Educational Site C: Wonderopolis (Free Writing Printable included!)
Educational Site D: EZSchool
Educational Site E: The Problem Site
Educational Site F: PBS & PBS Kids
P.S. I forgot to mention there is also a page on the site for teachers! BAM! Classroom is available for teachers to incorporate BAM! topics into our classroom activities!

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