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NIH Curriculum Supplement Series

Found In: Health & Phys. Ed., PreK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Teacher’s Guides & Lesson Plans

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Curriculum Supplement Series are teacher’s guides with two weeks of lessons on the science behind seventeen health topics. Supplements for elementary school, middle school, and high school students cover topics as diverse as the mouth, energy balance, and bioethics and with print and video information.

Each supplement includes a web version accessible to all users. Free print versions are available and can be requested only by educators in the U.S. Teachers can download a PDF guide and support material. Individual state standards can be viewed by selecting from a pull down menu or downloaded as a PDF.

Each supplement’s homepage lists the modules, objectives, number of lessons and time required for each lesson. For example, Human Genetic Variation.

The Teacher’s Guide for Human Genetic Variation provides suggestions for implementation, a manual for student activities, masters, additional resources, PDF files of lesson plans and masters for printing, and updates. The web version also has a section of student activities,  many of which include multimedia resources.

Professional Development

NIH and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) offer an archive of five professional development webinars at the NSTA Learning Center. Programs are approximately 60-90 minutes long. Accessing the programs require downloading Blackboard Collaborate Software.

Teachers can register to attend web seminars by registering at the NSTA Learning Center. Registering provides access to more than 3,000 different resources and opportunities, in addition to NSTA Web Seminars. Registration is free.


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