High school students in Boston are writing and producing a new environmental newspaper for the city's 5th graders.
Through articles, word games, and puzzles, Greenspeak: A Newspaper for Kids by Kids promotes literary, science-education, and environmental awareness. Each issue focuses on a specific topic such as water, recycling, or endangered species.
The student writers, called youth advisers, range from 8th to 12th graders and hail from urban neighborhoods.
The Global Habitat Project, a nonprofit, Boston-based education organization, coordinates the newspaper project. Foundations, local companies, and individuals help to fund the project.
Distributed free of charge to the city's public schools, the eight-page, tabloid-size Greenspeak is published five times during the academic year.
Subscriptions include 20 copies of each issue as well as accompanying teachers' guides. The recommended cost is $80 per year, but the price can be negotiated by writing to the project.
For sample copies or subscriptions, call or write: Elizabeth C. Gilmore, The Global Habitat Project, c/o U.S. Telecenters, 9th Floor, 745 Atlantic Ave., Boston, Mass. 02111; (617) 526-9480.
The World Resources Institute has released a new set of teaching tools highlighting some of the world's most pressing environmental issues.
The 1994 Teacher's Guide to World Resources</>, a 160-page handbook, features three units--"Car Trouble"; "Women, Equity, and Sustainable Development"; and "Two Giants: India and China"--that tackle some of the major environmental issues being debated in international forums.
The handbook also provides lesson plans, teaching objectives, and overhead-transparency masters. Color slides and videos are also available to complement the handbook.
For a publications catalogue, call or write: World Resources Publications, P.O. Box 4852, Hampden Station, Baltimore, Md. 21211; (800) 822-0504.
The publisher of Games magazine is sponsoring a writing contest to select six junior editors for its new children's magazine.
The junior editors will participate in editorial assignments and evaluate games for Zigzag: Games for Kids, which will debut in February.
Children ages 7 to 14 are invited to write an essay of 100 words or lessdescribing what their favorite game is and why. Winners will receive a $100 savings bond and a free subscription to Zigzag.
All entries should include the child's name, address, age, and telephone number. Send essays to: Zigzag Essay Contest, 575 Boylston St., 7th Floor, Boston, Mass. 02116; or call, (617) 536-5536. Entries must be postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 1995.
Vol. 14, Issue 17