WASHINGTON (June 7, 2007)–National Geographic Extreme Explorer, a new classroom magazine for 6th- to 12th-graders, will debut this fall. Published seven times a year, this exciting, 24-page, four-color magazine will provide struggling middle school and high school readers with engaging nonfiction science and social studies content presented with bold and captivating visuals to help improve their reading skills.
“Middle or high school struggling readers are under-served students. They still have to learn core science and social studies content and key vocabulary to succeed in school, even though they are reading at a lower grade level,” said Fran Downey, vice president and publisher, National Geographic School Publishing Group. “Struggling readers include English-language learners who do not speak English as their primary language, at-risk students and students with learning disabilities. We expect Extreme Explorer magazine to excite them about learning and give them the strategies they need to improve their reading skills across all subject areas.”
National Geographic Extreme Explorer is a versatile magazine suited for shared, guided and independent reading. Because its reading level increases with each new issue, the magazine keeps pace with student growth during the school year. Clearly labeled photographs and diagrams give students multiple opportunities to access the information in each issue, and reading strategies at the beginning of each story help students learn and practice good literacy skills. Vocabulary building is another important component of Extreme Explorer, with both a story glossary and on-page word definitions.
Sponsored by the International Paper Company and National Geographic’s Education Foundation, the National Geographic Explorer classroom magazine series aims to develop literacy as it teaches core content and builds background knowledge in science, social studies, geography and math. Its stunning photography and outstanding writing motivates students to become good readers and to want to learn about the world and all that is in it. In addition to Extreme Explorer, the series includes Young Explorer (grades K-1), Pioneer (grades 2-3) and Pathfinder (grades 4-6). Pioneer and Pathfinder have the same stories, photos and other visuals, but are written for different grade levels, making them perfect for differentiated instruction at the elementary level.
These publications and other Society educational products can be ordered by calling (800) 368-2728 or by visiting www.ngschoolpub.org.
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 350 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and four other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; radio programs; films; books; DVDs; maps; and interactive media. National Geographic has funded more than 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.