Following is a list of free or inexpensive resources that teachers can order.
Close Up Publishing has released Students' Right to Privacy: Drug Testing and the Fourth Amendment as part of its Bill of Rights Video Series. This video explores the constitutional and legal issues involved in drug testing students. Cost: $59.95 for the video and accompanying teacher's guide. For more information or a free catalog, contact: Close Up Publishing, Dept. R37, 44 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314; (800) 765-3131; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hammond Inc. has released its New Comparative World Atlas. Designed to help educators and students understand geographical changes, the 96-page atlas assesses issues such as population growth, environmental degradation, and standards of living. Cost: $9.95. Contact: Education Division, Hammond Inc.; (201) 763-6000; fax (201) 763-7658; or call toll free (800) 526-4953.
The Children's Museum of Boston rents more than 100 Museum Kits covering five subjects: social studies, language arts, fine and applied arts, science and math, and health. The kits feature authentic artifacts from the museum's teaching collections, a teacher's guide, audio and visual materials, and classroom activity plans and supplies. For more information, contact: Museum Kits, Children's Museum, 300 Congress St., Boston, MA 02210-1034; (800) 370-5487 or (617) 426-6500, ext. 231.
Using The Web.
Adobe Press introduces Kids Do the Web, a 208-page book to introduce students to the Internet. The book explains World Wide Web technology, provides resources, and highlights sites created by teachers and students in schools around the world. Cost: $25. Contact: Macmillan Computer Publishing, (800) 428-5331; http://www.mcp.com/hayden.
The Northeast Foundation for Children, a nonprofit education organization, offers Yardsticks: Children in the Classroom,Ages 4-14. Designed for parents and educators, this 228-page guidebook discusses developmental characteristics of children, including their physical, social, language, and cognitive growth. Author Chip Wood, a co-founder of the foundation, also offers curriculum ideas and guidelines, suggested books for different age groups, and a bibliography including books on child development, parenting, and curriculum. Cost: $14.95, plus shipping. Contact: Northeast Foundation for Children, 71 Montague City Rd., Greenfield, MA 01301; (800) 360-6332.
The publishers of Cricket and Smithsonian Magazine announce Muse, a science magazine for ages 6-14. This newly launched publication aims to promote scientific inquiry and critical thought and to introduce students to careers in science. It includes illustrations, photographs, and stories on technology, computers, physics, math, earth sciences, and architecture. Planned features will focus on such topics as rain forests, ancient history, genetics, and mummies. Cost for one year: $22. For subscription information, call: (800) 827-0227; http://www.musemag.com.
Workman Publishing announces the Kids' Paper Airplane Book by Ken Blackburn, an aerospace engineer, and Jeff Lammers, a mechanical engineer and aircraft designer. The book introduces kids to the physics of flight with airplane designs and colorful activities to demonstrate the concepts of lift, thrust, drag, and gravity. Tips on how to fold and throw paper planes are also included. Cost: $12.95. Contact: Workman Publishing, 708 Broadway, New York, NY 10003; (212) 254-5900.