Educator Spotlight: Taking Action to Bolster the Bee Population

Kim Heckart integrated science and literacy in an inquiry unit investigating the declining bee population. Her third-graders used nonfiction texts to research the reasons behind the decline. They also communicated the problem to their school community and created bee “hotels” to help provide habitat for bees. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Taking Action to Bolster the Bee Population

The Power of Images and Features in Nonfiction Reading with Stephanie Harvey and Explorer Magazine

National Geographic Education Fellow and literacy expert Stephanie Harvey recently collaborated with the Explorer magazine team to review and improve the classroom resource for students grades K-5/6. In partnering with Stephanie, the team has expanded the entry points for striving readers who may not be able to read the text to include more engaging photos, maps, diagrams, videos, and charts. In the video below, Stephanie discusses … Continue reading The Power of Images and Features in Nonfiction Reading with Stephanie Harvey and Explorer Magazine

Inferring in Nonfiction: Going Beyond the Text

by Stephanie Harvey Inferential thinking is the bedrock of understanding. Inferring involves drawing a conclusion or making an interpretation based on information that is not explicitly stated in the text. Inferential thinking helps readers make predictions, surface themes, or draw conclusions. When reading nonfiction, readers infer from the text, but they also infer from illustrations, photographs, and graphic features such as color and design. Readers … Continue reading Inferring in Nonfiction: Going Beyond the Text