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Health Resources for K-12 Professionals

General Health and Biology Resources - A selection of general health and biology resources from NLM.

Resources for Educators -  A selection of NLM resources designed to for educators using NLM resources in general health and biology instruction.

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General Health and Biology Resources

  • MedlinePlus (Suitable for All Ages)
    The National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. It brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.
  • MedlinePlus Children's Page (Grades 1-5)
    This page is for kids to find information on how the body works to what happens when you go to the hospital. There are quizzes, games and lots of cool web sites to explore.
  • MedlinePlus Teens' Page (Grades 6-12)
    This page for teenagers has information on health and safety for teens. There are quizzes, games and lots of cool web sites to explore.
  • A Voyage to Health (Grades K-12)
    Explores how the revival of Native Hawaiian sea voyaging traditions spurred on a cultural renaissance and helped heal the soul of the community. The website is augmented by education resources, including suggested readings (K-12), lesson plans (4-8), higher education modules, and online resources (K-12).
  • Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness (Grades K-12)
     Allows people to explore the connection between wellness, illness and cultural life through a combination of interviews with Native people and interactive media. Activities, exhibition specific lesson plans (6-12), additional lesson plans (K-12), and suggested readings (K-12).
  • Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health (Grades 3-12)
    Highlights the role of communities in improving health at home and all around the world. This exhibition explores the shared basic needs required for a good quality of life, including nutritious foods, clean water, a safe place to live and affordable health care. It includes games (6-12) and lesson plans and educator's guides (3-12).
  • The Visible Human Project (Grades 11-12+)
    The Visible Human Project provides complete, anatomically detailed, 3D representations of the normal male and female human bodies.
  • PubMed (Grades 11-12+)
    A citation index for articles from medical and life science journals. 
  • PubMed Tutorials (Grades 11-12+)
    PubMed tutorials provide access to brief animated tutorials, handouts, and additional resources for learning to use PubMed.
  • Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory (Grades 9-12+)
    Explores the scientific discoveries and contributions of Charles Darwin.
  • From DNA to Beer: Harnessing Nature in Medicine & Industry
    Explores some of the processes, problems, and potentials inherent in technologies that use life. Helps to promote public understanding of the dynamic relationship between microbes, technology, and science and medicine. Lesson Plans: Grades 7-9 (Science and Technology); Higher Education, Online Resources, and Suggested Readings (Preschool-12).
  • American Indian Health (NLM/SIS)
    Brings together health and medical resources pertinent to the American Indian population including policies, consumer health information, and research. Links are provided here to an assortment of documents, Web sites, databases, and other resources.
  • Arctic Health (NLM/SIS)
    A central source for information on diverse aspects of the Arctic environment and the health of northern peoples. The site gives access to evaluated health information from hundreds of local, state, national, and international agencies, as well as from professional societies and universities.
  • Digital Collections (NLM)
    Free online resource of biomedical books and videos. All of the content in Digital Collections is freely available worldwide and, unless otherwise indicated, in the public domain. Digital Collections provides unique access to NLM's rich resources.