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How a team of fifth graders is helping to clean up New York’s Hudson River

This post highlights the 2018-19 GeoChallenge nationals winners, The Navigators: Natanel Rozic, Jeremiah Pierre, Alex Jun, and Victor Jimenez  Students in grades four through eight can tackle real-world issues just like National Geographic Explorers by participating in the National Geographic GeoChallenge. Teams between four and six students engage in a project-based, multilevel competition focused on developing creative solutions to today’s urgent environmental problems. Those with the … Continue reading How a team of fifth graders is helping to clean up New York’s Hudson River

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Engage Thriving Readers with Explorer Magazine and Stephanie Harvey

2018 National Geographic Education Fellow and literacy expert Stephanie Harvey collaborated with the Explorer magazine team to improve the classroom resource for students grades K-5/6. As part of the collaboration, the team developed a four-part video series that takes a deep dive into Explorer and its supplementary features. Explorer Magazine with Stephanie HarveyWatch this introductory video to learn how you can utilize Explorer to engage … Continue reading Engage Thriving Readers with Explorer Magazine and Stephanie Harvey

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Three Deaf Attendees Reflect on Their Experiences at National Geographic’s Education Summit

This article was written by Heidi Givens, an educator and member of National Geographic’s Teacher Advisory Council. “Where education meets exploration”—this mantra rang true recently as over 180 educators and explorers gathered at the National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., for an invitation-only event: the National Geographic Education Summit. This unique professional learning experience included plenaries and lightning talks from various National Geographic scientists, … Continue reading Three Deaf Attendees Reflect on Their Experiences at National Geographic’s Education Summit

Literacy Moves: Annotating and writing with Explorer magazine

by Jim Bentley, fifth-grade teacher, National Geographic Fellow and Explorer In my last post, I shared how I coach students to navigate the paper version of Explorer magazine using Kylene Beers’ Reading Nonfiction: Notice & Note Stances, Signposts, and Strategies.  The big idea was this: Avoid teaching students how to engage a specific text; rather, teach them a system to interrogate text by noticing what … Continue reading Literacy Moves: Annotating and writing with Explorer magazine

Literacy Moves: Reading with the paper version of Explorer magazine

by Jim Bentley, fifth-grade teacher, National Geographic Fellow and Explorer Paper Reading: Strategy Share In my last post, I shared a couple of strategies on how my students and I navigate the digital version of Explorer magazine. In this post, I’d like to go “old school” and share how I facilitate my students’ interaction with words on paper. The driving question for this post is: … Continue reading Literacy Moves: Reading with the paper version of Explorer magazine