Do you ever feel like you need eight arms just to keep up with the many reading levels in your classroom? Well, we just found a new way to make differentiated instruction incredibly easy—by using National Geographic Explorer magazine, a classroom magazine that helps build vocabulary, nonfiction-reading skills , and science knowledge.
Inside the Magazine
We opened the teacher’s guide and student magazine to have a look, and here’s why we’re so excited.
Many teachers already love Explorer magazine because it supports reading comprehension with lesson plans, blackline masters, and assessments. Plus, it aligns with national standards, including Common Core ELA, Next Generation Science Standards, and the C3 Framework for Social Studies.
You may already know that every print issue of Explorer magazine includes an interactive digital version that features read-aloud text, games, pop-up vocabulary, and videos. Each issue also comes with a projectable PDF, so educators can read together with their whole class.
But did you know that each issue also includes Lexile-leveled differentiated resources? The Lexile level is hidden on the back, using a dot code so students do not know. This magazine is available in six editions, kindergarten through grades 5/6. This makes it easy to introduce the lesson to the whole class before conducting small-group lessons for every skill set.
Take a look at a page in the Pioneer edition for second grade (Lexile 250L–550L).
Here’s a snippet of the same article in the Trailblazer edition for third grade (Lexile 350L–750L). You can see that it’s modified for a different level:
Explorer magazine’s done-for-you blackline masters are also included in the teacher’s guide for every issue and are another great way to differentiate learning.
Here’s one that gives less confident writers a chance to share their new learning by drawing. Pairing a stronger reader with a struggling reader gives students the experience of discussing ideas with all of their peers. Drawing can help merge new and old information.
Customizable Class Sets
An Explorer magazine subscription allows teachers to order customizable class sets of 10 per edition or grade level. Whether it’s biology, paleontology, Earth science, oceanography, or exploration, your students will be hooked because they’re reading at their own level.
How Real Teachers Use This Classroom Magazine
We’re not the only ones who think Explorer magazine is a great classroom resource. A nationwide panel of educators recognized Explorer magazine as Learning® magazine’s 2019 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Classroom winner.
Here’s a video that shows why one teacher loves using Explorer magazine in her classroom.
Get 10% off an Explorer Magazine Subscription
Want to try using Explorer magazine for differentiated instruction in your classroom? Just click the orange button below to learn more and check out the free sample issues. Plus, until 9/20/19, you can get 10 percent off your subscription when you use the code 9TEACH.