WASHINGTON–National Geographic’s new classroom magazine, National Geographic for Kids, has won the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award for Children’s Periodical of the Year. This lively, colorful publication from National Geographic’s School Publishing division launched in more than 50,000 classrooms across the country last fall.
In September, National Geographic for Kids was renamed National Geographic Explorer! Simultaneously, the Society’s consumer children’s magazine, National Geographic World, was renamed National Geographic Kids and began to accept advertising.
National Geographic Explorer!, sponsored by International Paper Company Foundation and the Society’s Education Foundation, is part of the Society’s initiative to improve elementary school students’ nonfiction literacy skills while providing high-quality science and social studies content. The literacy campaign aims to help enhance children’s proficiency in reading and writing nonfiction text so they can better understand information-based material and become informed citizens of the world
Ericka Markman, president, Children’s Books and Education Publishing Group, said National Geographic Explorer! gives students an opportunity to explore new horizons and build background knowledge, as well as prepare for standardized tests.
“The National Geographic Society, known for its accurate, authoritative information and visual storytelling, is uniquely positioned to provide children with quality reading materials about the world around them, to expose them to different nonfiction genres and to help them develop nonfiction literacy skills.”
Like National Geographic magazine, whose look it mirrors, the yellow-bordered classroom magazine provides a wealth of information on science and social studies topics, often tapping into data from the Society’s research expeditions and activities of its eight Explorers-in-Residence. The science and social science content correlates with state and national curriculum standards. The December issue features stories on arctic wildlife, Lewis and Clark, and a girl in Costa Rica who is raising money to preserve the rain forest.
National Geographic Explorer!, which has been developed with feedback from teachers and from content and literacy experts, is published six times a year and is aimed at students in grades three through six. The 24-page magazine, which comes with an eight-page teacher’s guide, costs $4.95 per student per year or $2.50 a year for students at schools with more than 200 subscriptions.
It covers a broad range of areas, including earth and space science, life science, physical science, science as inquiry, citizenship, culture, geography, government, history and technology. Each issue contains a two-page, full-color map relating to the cover story.
“With world-class reporting, stunning photography and illustrative maps, charts and graphs, National Geographic Explorer! is designed to be a good read while turning children into good readers,” said Markman.
“Unlike any other classroom magazine, our feature articles blend science and social science content while reinforcing literacy skills and connecting facts and abstract concepts with their social and global implications. Hands-on inquiry activities appear throughout the magazine. Articles are structured so they can convert to 20- to 40-minute classroom lessons. Each feature has Web links where students can access additional information,” Markman said.
An online edition of National Geographic Explorer! at nationalgeographic.com/ngexplorer features articles, online adventures, interactive games, contests and quizzes, movies, and information for parents and teachers.
National Geographic Explorer! and other National Geographic educational products can be ordered by calling 1-800-368-2728.
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations in the world. It reaches nearly 200 million people each month through its five magazines, the National Geographic Channel, books, videos, maps and interactive media. The Society has funded more than 7,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy.