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Whether you work in a K-12 school, community, or faith-based organization providing after-school programming, NLM provides resources to help enrich your curriculum or program. As the world's largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) produces a variety of web-based resources for use by K-12 health and science educators.

This comprehensive guide serves as an online collection of resources and tools that are relevant to K-12 health and science topics. Educators are welcome to review and use the modules or lesson plans, in whole or in part, for their students' interests, levels and academic goals. These resources are designed to engage students' interest in, and foster their analysis of a variety of health and science related paths. If you would like to learn more about K-12 resources, or would like to explore training opportunities that are available through NNLM, please contact us! We are here to assist you in learning about the wealth of biomedical and health information available through the National Library of Medicine.

Selected Resources from the National Library of Medicine

These selected free resources are good starting points for information on health and biology topics for K-12 students. Some resources are available in both English and Spanish and may include lesson plans, instructional templates, and resource lists.

For Students

MedlinePlus (all ages)
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by NLM, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime,anywhere, for free.

MedlinePlus Children's Page (grades 1-5)
This page is for kids to find information, from how the body works to what happens when you go to the hospital. There are quizzes, games, and other cool pages to explore.

MedlinePlus Teens' Page (grades 6-12)
This page is for teenagers, and has information on health and safety for teens. There are quizzes, games, and other cool pages to explore.

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. View the PubMed tutorial for site navigation and guidance.

PubMed Tutorials (grades 11-12+)
PubMed tutorials provide access to brief animated tutorials, handouts, and additional resources for learning to use PubMed.

For Educators

MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing
What should you look for when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites? Here are some suggestions based on our experience.

MedlinePlus: Evaluating Health Information
Locate reputable information on how to evaluation health information.

PubMed Instructional Materials (for Trainers)
Training materials freely available for use by those who train others on PubMed from the National Library of Medicine.