Magazines For Kids

October 01, 1991 21 min read

National Geographic World features stories, posters, puzzles, and games on geography, anthropology, outdoor adventures, natural history, sports, and science for children ages 8-14. Cost: $10.95 for 12 issues. Contact: National Geographic World, P.O. Box 2330, Washington, DC 20077-9955.

Marine Biology
>Dolphin Log, the Cousteau Society’s 16page magazine, introduces children ages 7-15 to marine biology, ecology, and natural history. Cost: $10 for six issues. Contact: Dolphin Log, CS, 930 W. 21 St., Norfolk, VA 23517.

Science And Nature
>Chickadee Magazine, a science and nature publication for children ages 3-9, contains photos, artwork, stories, and craft and science projects. Student submissions welcome. Cost: $14.95 for 10 issues. Contact: Chickadee Magazine, Box 304, 255 Great Arrow Ave., Buffalo, NY 14207-3082.

Science And Math
Science Weekly provides a variety of science and math activities for K-8 students. Cost: $8.95 per year. Contact: Science Weekly, Subscription Department, P.O. Box 70154-PR, Washington, DC; 200880154.

Healthful Habits
Child Life publishes articles on exercise and nutrition to introduce children ages 9-11 to healthful habits. Reader submissions welcome. Cost: $13.95 for eight issues. Contact: , P.O. Box 7133, Red Oak, IA 51591-0133.

Crafts And Creative Writing
>Children’s Album, a creative writing and crafts magazine, features fiction, poetry, and art by children ages 8-14. It also contains writing tips, puzzles, and seasonal craft projects. Children’s submissions welcome. Cost: $15 for six issues. Contact: Children’s Album, P.O. Box 6086, Concord, CA 94524.

Creative Work
Creative Kids publishes stories, poetry, artwork, music, games, and photography by children ages 6-14. Submissions welcome. Cost: $17.97 for eight issues. Contact: Creative Kids, P.O. Box 637, 100 Pine Ave., Holmes, PA 19043.

Young Writers
Merlyn’s Pen: The National Magazine of Student Writing publishes stories, poems, plays, book reviews, and essays by writers in grades 7-10. A four-page activity guide is available to classroom teachers. Cost: $16.95 for four issues. Contact: Merlyn’s Pen, Department CML, P.O. Box 1058, East Greenwich, RI 02818.

Young Actors
Plays: The Drama Magazine for Young People publishes plays and dramatic programs for use in grades 1-12. Cost: $24.75 for seven issues. Contact: Plays, 120 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116-4615.

American History
Cobblestone: The History Magazine for Young People contains articles, recipes, photographs, and illustrations about American history for children ages 8-14. Cost: $22.95 for 12 issues. Contact: Cobblestone, Cobblestone Publishing, 30 Grove St., Peterborough, NH 03458.

World History
Calliope: World History for Young People, a publication for students in grades 5-10, highlights world events, languages, customs, literature, and myths. Cost: $17.95 for five issues. Contact: Calliope, Cobblestone Publishing, 30 Grove St., Peterborough, NH 03458.

World Cultures
Faces: The Magazine about People includes articles, puzzles, folk stories, recipes, and photographs about world cultures for students in grades 4-9. Cost: $21.95 for nine issues. Contact: Faces, Cobblestone Publishing, 30 Grove St., Peterborough, NH 03458.

Multicultural Education
Skipping Stones: A Multi-Ethnic Children’s Forum is a multilingual, environmentally conscious magazine for K-12 students. Reader submissions welcome. Cost: $15 for four issues. Contact: Skipping Stones, P.O. Box 3939, Eugene, OR 97403.

General Interest
Cricket: The Magazine for Children contains stories, illustrations, poems, puzzles, games, recipes, cartoons, and riddles for children ages 6-14. Cost: $29.97 for 12 issues. Contact: Cricket, P.O. Box 51144, Boulder, CO 80321-1144.

For Kids Only
Kid City, a general interest magazine for children ages 6-10, encourages reading and writing by focusing on unusual topics. Reader contributions welcome. Cost: $14.97 for 10 issues. Contact: Kid City, P.O. Box 53349, Boulder, CO 80322.

Sports Illustrated for Kids introduces children ages 8-13 to professional and amateur sports through articles and interviews with athletes. Cost: $17.95 for 12 issues. Contact: Sports Illustrated for Kids, Time Inc., P.O. Box 830607, Birmingham, AL 35283-0607.

Teen Issues
Free Spirit: News & Views on Growing Up, a bimonthly magazine published during the school year, addresses the concerns of junior and senior high school students. Student submissions welcome. Cost: $12 per year. Contact: Elizabeth Salzmann, Free Spirit, 400 First Ave., N., Suite 616, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

Drug Prevention
Listen, a drug prevention magazine for students in grades 7-12, contains fiction, profiles, and self-help features. Cost: $24.95 for 12 issues. Contact: Listen, P.O. Box 7000, Boise, ID 83707.

University Trends
College Bound: Issues and Trends in College Admission provides college admissions statistics and strategies for high school students, their parents, and school counselors. The magazine also includes scholarship and financial aid information. Cost: $59 for 10 issues. Contact: College Bound, College Bound Publications, P.O. Box 6536, Evanston, IL 60204.

<&FT1>x DEADLINES Following is a list of application deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors available to individuals. Asterisks (

  • ) denote new entries. GRANTSANDFELLOWSHIPS October 15. Overseas Teaching.

<&FT2><&CD80>The U.S. Information Agency’s 1992-93 Fulbright Teacher Exchange provides opportunities for American teachers to trade assignments for one year with their counterparts in 27 countries. Applicants must be U.S. citizens with at least three years of teaching experience and should be proficient in the language of the host country. Contact: Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program, USIA, E/ASX, 301 Fourth St., S.W., Washington, DC 20547; (202) 619-4555. October 31. Foreign Language.

<&FT2><&CD80>The National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, invites applications for the 1992 Fellowship Program for Teachers of Foreign Languages. Fifty K-12 teachers will receive $3,750 each for six weeks of summer study or research in the United States or abroad. Applicants must have three years of teaching experience with at least half of the time spent teaching foreign languages. Rockefeller Fellows and teachers of English as a second language and bilingual education are not eligible. Contact: NEH Fellowship Program for Foreign Language Teachers in K-12, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave., New London, CT 06320; (203) 439-2282. Late November. General.

<&FT2><&CD80>The U.S. Education Department is sponsoring the Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program for 1992 to help teachers further their education or develop educational programs. Approximately 72 fellowships, ranging from $16,650 to $33,300, will be awarded. Teachers should contact their state department of education or Janice Williams-Madison, Division of Discretionary Grants, National Programs and Activities, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, USED, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-6246; (202) 401-1059. December 1. Technology.

<&FT2><&CD80>The International Technology Education Association offers a $1,500 Professional Development Scholarship to a technologyeducation teacher in a graduate degree program in technology or industrial arts education. Applicants must be ITEA members. Contact: ITEA, 1914 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091; (703) 860-2100. December 15. Humanities.

<&FT2><&CD80>The National Endowment for the Humanities offers grants through its Elementary and Secondary Education in the Humanities Program. Public and private elementary and secondary schools can apply for grants to support national and regional summer institutes, state and local collaborative projects, masterwork study, conferences, special projects, and other activities that improve the teaching of the humanities. Grant amounts vary. Contact: NEH/ ESEH, Division of Education Programs, Room 302, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20506; (202) 786-0377.

  • January 2. Research.

<&FT2><&CD80>The National Academy of Education invites applications for its 1992 Spencer Fellowship Program. Fellowships will be awarded to people in education, the humanities, or the social and behavioral sciences who received a Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent degree between Jan. 1, 1985, and Jan. 1, 1991. Up to 30 recipients will be awarded $35,000 each for one academic year of research or $17,500 per year for two years of half-time work. Contact: NAE, Stanford University, School of Education, Center for Educational Research at Stanford 507-G, Stanford, CA 94305-3084; (415) 725-1003. January 10. Female Teachers.

<&FT2><&CD80>The American Association of University Women invites female public school teachers to apply for its 1992-93 Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowships Program. Applicants should have demonstrated a commitment to broadening educational opportunities for girls through work in the classroom, community, and school. Applicants must be full-time teachers with at least five consecutive years of teaching experience. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000. Winners must agree to teach for at least five years after the fellowship is completed. Minority teachers who work with students in schools in low-income communities are encouraged to apply. Contact: AAUW Educational Foundation, 1111 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036; (202) 728-7609.

  • January 15. Graduate Study.

<&FT2><&CD80>The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Program invites high school social studies and American history teachers to apply for its fellowships for graduate study on the U.S. Constitution. College seniors and recent college graduates who intend to become teachers are also eligible. At least one fellowship will be awarded in each state. Fellowships carry a maximum stipend of $24,000 to cover the costs of tuition and other expenses. Contact: JMMFP, P.O. Box 6304, Princeton, NJ 08541-6304. March 15. Foreign Language.

<&FT2><&CD80>The National Endowment for the Humanities invites applications for a program that funds summer institutes for high school, college, and university teachers to improve their instruction skills in languages not generally studied, such as Arabic, Chinese, and Russian. Up to $13.1 million will be awarded over five years. Contact: NEH, Division of Education Programs, Room 302, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 7860377. April 1. Social Studies.

<&FT2><&CD80>The National Council for the Social Studies invites applications for its Christa McAuliffe Award. A $1,000 award will be given for the proposal that best exemplifies a unique ambition or dream that could not be fulfilled under ordinary circumstances. Applicants must be full-time social studies teachers and members of NCSS. Contact: NCSS, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 966-7840. April 1. International Exchange.

<&FT2><&CD80>The W.K. Kellogg Foundation invites public and parochial high schools to apply for the Youth for Understanding International Exchange program, which is designed to help eliminate stereotypes that inhibit U.S.-Mexican relations. Fifty “partner schools’’ across the United States will be chosen; teachers representing these schools will receive expense-paid fellowships to travel to Mexico for a brief stay with Mexican families and cross-cultural training with Mexican educators. Teachers will receive classroom materials to use in their schools. The participating schools will also host Mexican students for a year and encourage their students to study in Mexico. Contact: Trula Duane, Director of School Relations, YFU, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016; (202) 8951120; (800) 424-3691. Open. First Amendment Rights.

<&FT2><&CD80>The Gannett Foundation’s Community Freedom Fund offers grants for projects, including those by teachers and students, that promote First Amendment freedom. Applications are to be made through chief executives of local Gannett newspapers and radio and television stations or through USA Today field-operations representatives. Contact: GF, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209; (703) 528-0800. HONORS October 18. Scholarship.

<&FT2><&CD80>The Tandy Corp., in cooperation with Texas Christian University, requests nominations for the Tandy Technology Scholars Program, which recognizes teachers and students who have demonstrated academic excellence in mathematics, science, and computer science. School principals nominate teachers or students. One hundred teachers will receive $2,500 cash awards; 100 students will receive $1,000 awards. Contact: Tandy Technology Scholars, TCU, P.O. Box 32897, Fort Worth, TX 76129; (817) 924-4087.

  • November 15. Videodiscs.

<&FT2><&CD80>The Optical Data Corp., in cooperation with the National Science Teachers Association, invites full-time K-12 teachers to submit entries for the Optical Data Videodisk Awards. Awards will be given in two categories: best plan for integrating videodiscs into the curriculum and best example of teacher-developed activities employing videodiscs. Winners will receive a plaque, a videodisc player, and $1,000 worth of Optical Data videodisc products. Contact: Marilyn Suthard, NSTA, 1742 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20009; (202) 328-5800. December 1. Rural Schools.

<&FT2><&CD80>The Rural/Small Schools Network of the Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast and Islands invites nominations for its 1992 Teacher Recognition Program to honor outstanding K-12 teachers. Teachers in small or rural elementary schools whose districts are members of RSSN are eligible. Winners will be designated 1992 Regional Laboratory Fellows and will be given a $500 honoraria. Contact: Carolyn Burke, 83 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, MA 01776; (508) 443-7991.

  • December 6. Music.

<&FT2><&CD80>Chamber Music America will present two awards, the Gruber Award and the Heidi Castleman Award, to teachers who have successfully engaged students ages 6 to 18 in performing chamber music. Winners receive $1,000 each. Contact: CMA, 545 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10018; (212) 244-2772. December 6. General.

<&FT2><&CD80>The Reader’s Digest Association invites nominations of K-12 teachers and principals for its annual American Heroes in Education awards. Eligible are individual public or private school educators and teams of up to six teachers and principals. Winners will receive $5,000 each; winners’ schools receive an additional $10,000. Five runners-up will receive $500 each and $2,000 for their schools. Contact: Beth Jones, RDA, AHE, Pleasantville, NY 10572; (914) 238-1000, ext. 5474.

  • December 15. General.

<&FT2><&CD80>The Dolores Kohl Education Foundation seeks nominations for 12 $1,000 awards, which will go to public and private preK-12 educators who have demonstrated excellence in teaching. For a nomination form and guidelines, contact: DKEF, 165 Green Bay Road, Wilmette, IL 60091; (708) 256-3000. January 15. Gifted And Talented.

<&FT2><&CD80>The Intertel Foundation invites applications for its 1992 Hollingworth Award competition, which recognizes research involving gifted and talented children. Both individuals and educational organizations may apply. One $2,000 award will be made. For an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Roxanne Cramer, Hollingworth Award Committee, 4300 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. March 1. Teaching Techniques.

<&FT2><&CD80>The Arts & Entertainment Network and Action for Children’s Television invite teachers of grades 6-12 to apply for the National Teacher Grant Competition, which recognizes teachers for their outstanding use of cable television programming in the classroom. The winner will receive a $2,000 U.S. Savings Bond, and his or her school will receive a $2,000 grant. Grants of $500 will be given to teachers earning honorable mention. Contact: A&E National Teacher Grant Competition, P.O. Box 1610, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163-1610; (212) 661-4500. x x x x x x x x x INTHESPOTLIGHT Orise Ainsworth, past president of the Vermont School Boards Association and member of the Vermont Literacy Board, was recently given the 1991 Martha O’Connor Award, presented by the Vermont board of education, for her contribution to public education in the state. James Comer, director of the School Development Program at the Yale University Child Study Center in New Haven, Conn., recently received the James Bryant Conant Award from the Education Commission of the States for his contributions to education. David Cordts, a teacher and student council adviser at W.G. Enloe High School in Raleigh, N.C., has been named National Student Activity Adviser of the Year and presented with the Warren E. Shull Award by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Gail Morse, a 7th grade science teacher at J.M. Alexander Junior High School in Huntersville, N.C., has received the Siemens Information Technology Leadership Award for Science Education by Siemens Corp. Merle Saunders, an automotive instructor at Vale (Ore.) Union High School, was recently named 1991 Valvoline Automotive Teacher of the Year by Valvoline Inc. Sandy Wilson, a marketing education teacher at Alexander High School in Douglasville, Ga., has been named Teacher of the Year by the National Marketing Education Association. TEACHINGTOOLS Following is a list of free or inexpensive resources that teachers can order: Fire Prevention

<&FT2><&CD80>State Farm Insurance Companies offers a free Smoke Detectives Kit for students in grades K-6. The kit includes a 25-minute video and lesson plans designed for use in math, language arts, social studies, and science classes. Send your name and your school’s name, address, and phone number on school stationery to: Smoke Detectives (A-4), SFIC, 1 State Farm Plaza, Bloomington, IL 61710-0001. Gifted Education

<&FT2><&CD80>Gifted Education Press offers teachers of gifted and talented students a free subscription to its bimonthly newsletter, Gifted Education News-Page. Send your name and address to: GEP, 10201 Yuma Court, P.O. Box 1586, Manassas, VA 22110; (703) 369-5017. Rural Schools

<&FT2><&CD80>The Heartland Center for Leadership Development offers the 26-page report Schools as Entrepreneurs: Helping Small Towns Survive, which suggests ways rural schools can network with the community and local businesses. Cost: $5. Contact: Milan Wall or Vicki Luther, HCLD, 941 O St., Suite 920, Lincoln, NE 68508. Teen Smokers

<&FT2><&CD80>The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the free brochure Smoking: Guidelines for Teens, which provides statistics on adolescent smoking and lists 1990 tobacco legislation and age restrictions. Send a selfaddressed, stamped, business-size envelope to: Teen Smoking, Department C, AAP, P.O. Box 927, Elk Grove Village, IL 600090927. Pen Pals

<&FT2><&CD80>The National Learning Disabilities Network helps learning disabled students become pen pals with other learning disabled students. NLDN also offers a pen pal club for parents of learning disabled students. Specify which program you would like to receive information about and send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: NLDN, 82 S. Townline Road, Sandusky, MI 48471. Waste Management

<&FT2><&CD80>Keep America Beautiful Inc. offers teachers a full-color poster depicting options for managing municipal waste. The back of the poster provides ideas for lesson plans on the subject. The poster costs $2, plus 75 cents postage and handling. Contact: KAB, Mill River Plaza, 9 W. Broad St., Stamford, CT 06902; (203) 323-8987. Sex Ed

<&FT2><&CD80>Ortho Pharmaceutical Corp. offers the free program Straight Talk, designed to educate teens about sexual health. The package includes a seven-part lesson plan, video tapes, a contraceptive methods poster, access to a toll-free hot line, and the book AIDS: Trading Fears for Facts. Issues discussed include sexuality, male and female reproductive systems, menstruation and pregnancy, pregnancy prevention, and AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Contact OPC at (800) 722-7786. Free Press

<&FT2><&CD80>The Quill and Scroll Society offers The First Amendment: Free Speech and a Free Press, a curriculum guide for high school teachers. Cost: $6. Contact: QS, Department of Journalism, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242; (319) 335-5796. x x x x x x x x x FORYOURSTUDENTS Following is a list of contests, scholarships, and internships for students. Asterisks (

  • ) denote new entries. November 1. Humanities.

<&FT2><&CD80>The National Endowment for the Humanities invites high school students to apply for summer-study grants through its Young Scholars program. Recipients receive $2,000--$400 of which is allotted to the student’s adviser or teacher--to conduct summer research and writing projects in the humanities. Any high school student may apply. Contact: NEH, Room 316, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 786-0463. November 4. Essay Contest.

<&FT2><&CD80>The Kodak/Alan Page Challenge in the Great Cities invites 4th grade students to write a 150-word essay responding to the following: “Alan Page, former NFL football star, says, ‘With an education, the future is yours.’ What does that mean to you?’' The grand prize is a trip to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Feb. 2, 1992, for the winner and the winner’s parents and teacher. The winning student in each district will receive a Kodak 35mm camera outfit and a $100 U.S. Savings Bond. Each student who enters the challenge receives an autographed poster of Page. For qualification details, contact: K/APC, P.O. Box 92894, Rochester, NY 14692. January 31. Journalism.

<&FT2><&CD80>The Gannett Foundation offers $1,500 scholarships for high school seniors seeking careers in print or broadcast journalism or advertising. Students are eligible if they are planning to enter a four-year college as a journalism or mass-communications major. Contact: Journalism Scholarship Committee, GF, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209; (703) 528-0800.

February 28. Geography.

<&FT2><&CD80>The American Express Geography Competition offers individual students or teams of students in grades 7-12 a chance to compete for travel awards. Applicants must write a report of at least eight pages that addresses one of the following themes: the Geography of Travel and Trade; Managing the Environment in a Changing World; or Geographic Patterns of Cultural Diversity. First-place winners in each theme will receive a $15,000 travel award; teacher sponsors of winning students will receive a $1,500 travel award. Call: (800) 395-GLOB between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. (EDT).

  • March 1. United Nations.

<&FT2><&CD80>The United Nations Association of the USA, the United Nations Development Program, and the Dailey Family Foundation invite students in grades 9-12 to enter their 1992 High School Essay Contest. Students are to write a 2,000-word essay. The topic: global action to protect the environment and promote sustainable economic development. One winner and his or her teacher will be given an allexpenses-paid trip to a developing country to witness the work of the United Nations Development Program. Contact: UNA of the USA, 485 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10017-6104.

March 13. Internships.

<&FT2><&CD80>The Smithsonian Institution offers fiveweek summer internships to 40 graduating high school seniors. Students may apply for positions in a variety of departments, including biology, journalism, photography, history, veterinary science, art, and carpentry. Students selected will receive housing, transportation, and a $550 stipend. Contact: Intern 92, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Arts and Industries Building, Room 1163, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560; (202) 357-3049.

March 15. Cursive Handwriting.

<&FT2><&CD80>Peterson Directed Handwriting invites students in grades 3-8 to apply for its handwriting contest. A winner in each grade level will receive $25. Contact: PDH, 315 S. Maple Ave., P.O. Box 249, Greensburg, PA 15601-0249.

April 1. Video Contest.

<&FT2><&CD80>The Florida Department of Citrus invites high school students to enter its Nutrition Music Video Contest. Contestants must write, produce, edit, and star in their own music video on the nutritional value of Florida orange juice. The winning team will receive a three-day, two-night trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., plus $1,500 for its school. Contest rules, along with a video of the best of last year’s entries, are available free of charge. Contact: NMVC Coordinator, FDC, 2755 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306; (305) 563-4672.

  • April 15. Community Service.

<&FT2><&CD80>The Hitachi Foundation invites nominations of high school seniors for its Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community. Six to eight winners will be awarded $5,000 and will be invited on a retreat to exchange ideas, develop leadership skills, and learn about social change. Organizations, educators, and community leaders may submit confidential nominations. Contact: The Yoshiyama Award, P.O. Box 19247, Washington, DC 20036; (202) 457-0588.

  • Late April. Contest.

<&FT2><&CD80>The United States Patent Model Foundation invites K-8 students to enter its Invent America! contest. One student invention for each grade level will be selected in every state. From this pool, a total of 45 grade-level winners will be named in five geographic regions; each will receive a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. National gradelevel winners will also be selected; they will receive an additional $500 bond, a computer, and various educational materials for their school. Contact: IA!, 510 King St., Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22314; (703) 684-1836. Sharon K. Williams and Lalitha Duddey TOTHEREADER “Extra Credit’’ appears in each issue of Teacher Magazine and includes some or all of the following categories: deadlines for grants, fellowships, and honors; honorees; inexpensive teaching resources; student contests, internships, and scholarships; and television programs. Submissions are welcome. Please send them to Extra Credit Editor, Teacher Magazine, 4301 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 250, Washington, DC 20008.

A version of this article appeared in the October 01, 1991 edition of Teacher as Magazines For Kids