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Together for Life
Classroom Resources

 

The title of, "Together for Life. Every Day of the Year," captures the essence of what this resource and biomedical research are about. people and animals together devoting their lives every day to biomedical research to find disease cures and ways to improve life for both people and animals.

 "Together for Life" serves several functions:

  • Supplies teachers with several reproducible classroom and homework activities directly relating to laboratory animal science. Relationship to National Science Educational Standards and instructions on how to use each activity is included.
  • Furnishes a list of ideas for monthly reinforcement activities students can do for extra credit or as special assignments. These activities encourage critical thinking skills, involvement in the community, and group participation.
  • Provides teachers with contact information for AALAS and the AALAS Foundation, as well as the URL for the Kids-4-Research web site.

 

Research Rousers - Integrating laboratory animal science into classroom activities can be easy and fun with these Research Rousers. These activities may be assigned as extra credit, classroom time-fillers, group projects, homework, field trips, or even as rewards. Browse through the list of activities and decide which one(s) to share with your students. You may select activities based on your schedule and/or curriculum topic.

Teachers Guideline

The two activities in the center section above are designed to be photocopied and given out to students as classroom, homework, or extra credit activities.

Note: For connections to national educational standards for each activity, visit the “Together for Life” link in the “Teacher” section of our educational website: www.kids4research.org.

Mouse Math - This activity is designed to emphasize to students the importance of math to their own lives and to the field of science. Using the example of a day in the life of an animal caregiver in a research facility, the student will be exposed to a variety of situations in which math is not only important, but critical to the well-being of animals in their care. Teachers should introduce students to area calculation and metric conversion formulas prior to beginning this activity.

Scientific Criss Cross - Through a fun crossword activity, students will experience the development and meaning of some common medical terms.

Supplemental Resources - The following websites can be used to supplement the content  - Links Disclaimer: These references are offered as educational resources. AALAS does not maintain these sites and is not responsible for information contained therein or the availability of these sites now or in the future.

 

“Fido and Fluffy -- What are you feeding them?” and “What’s in your pet’s bowl?”
www.aafco.org
www.fda.gov/cvm/index/consumer/petlabel.htm
 

Leukemia/Childhood Cancer:
www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/childhoodcancers

www.nccf.org/childhoodcancer
 

“Zits! Acne! Oh no!”
www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet
www.biorap.org/br5today.html
 

“Do I really need to use sunscreen?”
www.biorap.org/br5contents.html
http://travel.howstuffworks.com/sunscreen.htm
 

“Why do we use animals in research?”
www.rds-online.org.uk
www.the-aps.org/pa/animals
 

“Who protects the animals used in research?”
www.nabr.org/AnimalLaw
www.amprogress.org/Issues/IssuesList.cfm?c=11
www.fbresearch.org/education/laws.htm
• Animal Welfare Act - www.nal.usda.gov/awic/legislat/usdaleg1.htm
Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals - http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/olaw/references/PHSPolicyLabAnimals.pdf
• Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals - www.nap.edu/books/0309053773/html/index.html
• Good Laboratory Practice Standards - www.nal.usda.gov/awic/legislat/40cfr97.htm
• Report of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia
- www.avma.org/resources/euthanasia.pdf
 

“Hey Kids, Be Careful!”
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/sportsinjuries.html
www.niams.nih.gov/hi/topics/childsports/child_sports.htm
http://science-education.nih.gov/nihHTML/ose/snapshots/multimedia/ritn/spinal/research.html
www.christopherreeve.org
 

”Junk Food Woes”
www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/shpps
http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;113/1/152
 

“What is biomedical research and why should I care?”
www.biorap.org/br9/br9contents.html
www.toxicology.org/Information/GeneralPublic/Dosempoison.html
www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4437
 

“Is it really necessary to test cosmetics on animals?”
• www.kids4research.org (Product Safety section)
http://vm.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-safe.html
www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/cos-spc.html

www.fda.gov/oc/history/historyoffda/section2.html
 

Diabetes
www.diabetes.org
http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/statistics/index.htm#7

 
 

For more resources, visit the link to this poster and the “Teacher” section of our educational website: www.kids4research.org
 

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