Freebies For Educators

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Date: Fri, 29 Mar 1996 15:30:46 EST

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I found an address on the net for Freebies for Educators. After sending my $2 fee, this is what they sent me. I haven't sifted through everything yet, but I thought that members of the list may find some/all of this information useful. Enjoy. Lisa Sommers

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Educators can receive free teachers' guides and classroom materials from the ABC TV Network by calling the toll-free hotline, (800) 647-4ABC. Educators can also sign up for a free subscription to ABC's quarterly newsletter, The ABC Classroom Connection.


Free publication for teachers covering topics in physical anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and cultural anthropology. Contains lead articles focusing on recent research of interest to teachers, suggestions for practical teaching activities, feature articles that balance the subdisciplinary coverage of the issue, and reviews of teacher resources such as summer field opportunities, new curriculum packages, films, and books. Published three times a year. Grades 9-12. Write to: National Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Outreach and Public Information Office, Room 363, MRC 112 Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560.


Resource information covering written material, films, and organizations concerned with such topics as human evolution, archaeology, and ecology. Suggestions for in-class and out-of-class activities such as mother-infant observation and exploring historic cemeteries. Grades 9-12. Write to: National Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Outreach and Public Information Office, Room 363, MRC 112, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560.


Beyond the Frame: Using Art as a Basis for Interdisciplinary Learning Curriculum enrichment materials using art as a primary source for understanding cultures and individual experiences. Interdisciplinary approach offers in-depth examination of civil rights and labor issues, Chinese culture, and African/ European relations. Kit provides background essays and historical documentation, lesson plans, activities, full-color art reproductions, and handouts. Grades 6-12. Write to: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Arts and Industries Building, Room 1163, MRC 402, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560 or call (202) 357-2425.

*ASTRONOMY NEWSLETTER The Astronomical Society of the Pacific offers a free subscription to The Universe in the Classroom, their newsletter for teachers, grades 3-12. Write on school letterhead to: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Teachers Newsletter Dept. N., 390 Ashton Avenue, San Fransisco, CA 94112.


For young naturalists, the National Wildlife Federation is offering a free Backyard Wildlife Habitat Program Information Packet (#79919). This packet tells how to create a wildlife-habitat garden and how to attract hummingbirds, songbirds, amphibians, and other animals. Call NWF at 800-432-6564.

BILL NYE'S Up-Close-ifier , NEWSLETTER, and ACTIVITY KIT (From all reports, the newsletter and activity kit offers are probably still available--the Up-Close-ifier may not still be available). If your children like Bill Nye the Science Guy, they ll like the Up-Close-ifier. Nye Labs writes that it lets you look up close at cool things, like bugs and plants; things rarely seen with the human eye. For a free Up-Close-Ifier, send a postcard to: WWW/UP-CLOSE-IFIER, PO Box 3626, Seattle, WA 98124. Include your Name, home address, and age. Offer good while supplies last. Recommended for ages 6 and up, allow 8-10 weeks for delivery. And to top it off, they say that every kid who responds will receive a free subscription to The Big News of Science, a semi-annual newsletter packed with way cool info about Bill Nye the Science Guy.
In addition, a free science activity kit and teaching kit geared to 4th grade science instruction is available by writing to NYE Labs, KCTS, 401 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98104.


Consumer's Chemistry: Free booklet intended to educate consumers about the role of chemicals in their lives. Also, free subscription to CHEMECOLOGY. Call: 1-703-741-5000.


Free magazine including background and resources for teachers, published five times during school year. Write to: American Chemical Society, Education Division, 1155 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington D C 20036.


For a free compass and map, send your request with a business size SASE to: Silva Orienteering Services, USA, Setp. FS, Box 1604, Binghamton, NY 13902.


Free Teachers guide, including updates on conservation and sample lesson plans for grades 3-8. Write to: Save the Rainforest Inc., 604 Jamie St. Dept LM, Dodgeville, WI 53533


Hallmark, Crayola, and Scholastic are jointly offering a packet designed to enhance written and visual communications skills and teach the value of correspondence. The packet includes a 20-page resource guide that includes cross-curricular lesson plans, children s books suggestions, and descriptions of art techniques. This guide is targeted to children in the third grade. For a free copy, call Creative Exchange at 800-HALLMARK.


Educators who are interested in using C-SPAN as a teaching resource can join the network's free membership support service, C-SPAN in the Classroom. C-SPAN regularly publishes guides that help members use C-SPAN programming to enhance classroom learning. Members also have access to support materials accompanying special programming events, and receive periodic mailings that contain programming information of special interest to educators.
C-SPAN in the Classroom is currently offering a free "Campaign '96" Educators' Kit to Classroom members. The kit includes specifically designed campaign materials to supplement C-SPAN's coverage of the upcoming presidential race, from grassroots campaigning and fundraising to caucuses, primaries and conventions. For more information on C-SPAN in the Classroom and the "Campaign '96" Educators' Kit call 1-800-523-7586.


Activities that are included address issues of space exploration covered in the IMAX film Destiny in Space. Their use is not, however, contingent on seeing the film. Each activity is complete in itself and can be incorporated into an existing course of studies. Grades 4-12. National Air and Space Museum, Educational Service Center, MRC 305, 601 Independence Avenue, S.W., Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560 or call: (202) 786-2109.


The Discovery Network offers a free Educator Guide twice annually to help you plan taping of their copyright-cleared programs. To receive a free subscription, call 1-800-321-1832.


Educational Horizons is NASA's triannual publication for educators. Each issue synopsizes the latest education events and scientific news from NASA Headquarters and the NASA Field Centers. Educational Horizons announces opportunities for educators and students to interact with NASA and NASA's Field Centers through participation in in-service programs, acquisition of educational publications and multimedia products, as well as through cable television programming and teleconferencing. Educational Horizons is published in the fall, winter and spring, and is available free by subscription to educators. Educational Horizons is also available in electronic format through NASA Spacelink. For more information, contact: NASA Headquarters, Educational Horizons, Code FE, Washington, DC 20546-0001.


The National Committee for World Food Day makes available information and teaching materials designed to acquaint you and your students with the problems and solutions surrounding world hunger. For a free selection of classroom materials and activities, or for more information, contact Patricia Young, National Committee for World Food Day, 101 22nd St. NW, Washington, DC 20437. Specify grade level in your request.


For a free Woodsy Owl Grab Bag, send a request with your name and address to: Woodsy Owl Fan Mail, USDA Forest Service, PO Box 96090, Washington, DC 20090-6090.


Free lesson plan, student handbook, and poster about fossil fuels for grades 5-8. Write to: Mr. Robert C. Power, Office of Communications FE-5, Room 4G-085, Office of Fossil Energy, U. S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D C 20585, or call: (202)586-6503

*HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM KITS (See note on Carbons to Computers)

The following high school curriculum kits are available to teachers free-of-charge:
--Carbons to Computers: The Changing American Office. This kit traces technological change and cultural values, 1830 to the present, as they are reflected in offices. Published 1989. (This is currently out of stock--will be available again Spring 1996).
--Image and Identity: Clothing and Adolescence in the 1990s. This book leads teachers and their students to examine the American adolescent's relationship with clothing. Published 1991.
--Protest and Patriotism: A History of Dissent and Reform. This kit examines the history of American protest through the study of three movements populism, civil rights, and environmentalism. Published 1992.
To order any of these free kits, please write to the following address: High School Kits, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Arts and Industries Building, 1163/MRC 402, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560. Or telephone 202/357-2425 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, from 8:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.)


High School Homeschool is a free newsletter for parents of homeschooled high schoolers. They welcome submissions that deal with the unique circumstances of schooling teenagers, as well as articles by teenagers of interest to other teenagers. For your free newsletter, send a SASE to: High School Homeschool, PO Box 741, Clark, NJ 07066-0741.


Intel is offering The Journey Inside: A Learning Adventure in Technology free to math, science, and computer teachers. Intended to increase technology literacy among middle school students, materials are targeted to students in grades 5 through 9. Included is a 300-page teacher's guide with overhead transparencies, student handouts, a six-part videotape, poster, and a chip kit.
The chip kit includes hands-on materials to conduct experiments on transistor technology. It contains a silicon wafer, microprocessor, various computer chips, 9V batteries, C batteries, LEDs with wires, incandescent bulbs with wires, switches, transistors, red and black wire, and electrical tape. Call 800-346-3029 ext. 143 to receive information and an order form. They will send these kits free of charge to science, math, and computer teachers only give them your school's name and address.


Free Student activities in meteorology for the 6-12 classroom are available from NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration). Call Barb McGehan at NOAA 303-497-6634.


NASA is offering a free CD-ROM, NASA Mission to Planet Earth. This is part of an educational package designed for teachers of middle school to high school students. For Mac, SUN, and IBM-PC computers. To order your SIR-C CD-ROM, write to: EDC DAAC User Services, EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, SD 57198; or call: (605) 594-6116.


NASA's Teacher Resource Centers offer many free space-related educational materials. To find the location of the Center that serves your geographical region, call 1-800-63-SPACE.


Incorporate Native American culture into your classroom curriculum with this comprehensive resource guide. The 155-page guide includes sections on health and recreation, language arts, science, and sports. To receive a copy,contact the Native American Education Program, 234 W 109th St. New York, NY 10025.


The National Energy Foundation, in coordination with the American Gas Association, is making available to K-12 classroom teachers within the United States free packets of educational materials related to natural gas, safety, transportation, and the environment. These packets are filled with classroom-proven, high-quality instructional materials.
To receive your free packet, please contact NEF. You will need to specify which packet you want (only one per teacher). The choices are: 1) grades K-3 packet; 2) grades 4-6 packet; 3) grades 7-8 packet; 4) grades 10-12 packet. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Contact NEF at: National Energy Foundation, 5225 Wiley Post Way, Suite 170, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 or call: 1-800-616-TEAM.


Video Outreach offers several free programs on one videocassette: Bay Tidelands, Redwood Forest, Stream, Ocean Beach & Monarch, Grassland, Chaparraland, Fresh Water Pond, Oak Woodland, and Sights and Sounds of the Seasons. Write on school Letterhead to: Video Outreach, PO Box 12057, Hauppauge, NY 11788-9705.


Want to use newspapers in your classroom? The American Newspaper Publishers Foundation can help with their teaching guide, THE NEWSPAPER AS AN EFFECTIVE TEACHING TOOL. The publication, designed for use with grades 4-8, describes the role newspapers can play in the school curriculum and presents activities to get you started. Contact the American Newspaper Publishers Foundation, The Newspaper Center, Box 17407, Dulles Airport, Washington, DC 20041.


Newton's Apple provides free educational materials that accompany each new season. You can get on the mailing list by writing to: NSTA - Marketing, 1840 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201.

*OCEAN PLANET TEACHING GUIDE --Printing is delayed, will be available by the end of March 1996.

Curriculum enrichment materials examining the ocean and its relation to all living things. Case study approach provides background, lesson plans, activities, and handouts. Grades 8-12. Write to: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Arts and Industries Building, Room 1163, MRC 402, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560 or call: (202) 357-2425.


Collection of illustrated activity sheets that promote letterwriting, postal and transportation history, and an appreciation of stamps and historic letters. Grades K-6. National Postal Museum, Education Department, 2 Massachusetts Avenue, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560-0001.


Free Science in Action Video, poster, and student activities appropriate for grades K-4. Write to: Science in Action, PO Box 3252, Chicago, IL 60654-9969. Include your name, address, school, grade level/subject, city, st, zip.


This 48-page booklet features lesson plans, activities, and extensive illustrative materials based on the exhibition. Teachers may freely photocopy or reproduce the booklet for classroom use. Grades 5-12. To obtain a free copy write to: Science in American Life Curriculum Guide, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Smithsonian Institution, Arts and Industries Building, Room 1163, MRC 402, Washington, DC 20560.


Scientific American Frontiers is a monthly series tracking technology, medicine, biology, physics, geology, and chemistry. For free teaching materials including a teacher's guide, reproducible student activity sheet, a newsletter and color poster, call (800) 523-5948.


If you're planning to launch a community-service project with your students, check out the free resource package available from Star Serve, a program that encourages children in grades K-12 to become involved in community service. The classroom guide provides a step-by-step plan for teachers to use with students in implementing service projects. The package also includes a resource list of volunteer organizations, as well as activity masters and a four-color poster. For the free educational package, write to Star Serve, Dept. INS, 701 South Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401.


Explore a different art, science or social studies topic with each issue of Art to Zoo, a free newsletter for teachers who teach grades 4-8. In each quarterly issue you'll find background information on the featured topic, classroom activities, and lists of student and teacher resources. To request a free subscription, write to OESE, Smithsonian Institution, A & I Building 1163, MRC 402, Washington D.C. 20560. Or, you may telephone 202/357-2425 during business hours (8:45 a.m.through 5:15 p.m, Monday through Friday).


Quest is the free mini-magazine of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. It is published in January, April, July, and October. Each issue includes a calendar of special exhibits and public events at the Museum as well as general information for visitors. *Quest* will also take you on a rare tour of the fascinating world behind-the-scenes at the Museum, where hundreds of experts study everything from gems and minerals to fossils, plants, animals, and human cultures. To be placed on the mailing list for hard copies of *Quest*, complete with photographs and illustrations, write to *Quest*, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, MRC 106, Washington, DC 20560.


The United Nations has available a teacher's kit, including a calendar of U.N. events, to help familiarize students with the history, purpose, and function of the United Nations. To request a free copy, write to the United Nations, Public Inquiries Unit, Room G.A. 57, New York, NY 10017.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is offering two free books: Watch Out...Storms Ahead! (Elem.) and Amateur Weather Forecaster (Middle/ Junior High). Write to NOAA, Public Affairs Correspondence Unit, Room 317, Dept. P., 1825 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20235.


Collecting Their Thoughts: Using Museums as Sources for Student Writing. Curriculum enrichment materials suggesting ways for teachers to use museums and primary sources to teach writing. Guide provides background essays, lesson plans, activities, handouts, and samples of student writing. Grades 6-12. Write to: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Arts and Industries Building, Room 1163, MRC 402, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560.

Uploaded by: Melissa Close/ Kent State University/ Deaf Education Major