Explorer Magazines

Grades K-8

Explore. Inspire. Interact.

Explore informational text, inspire curiosity and invite critical thinking, and interact with engaging and exciting online, multimedia, and whiteboard activities. National Geographic Explorer Magazines are offered in four editions:

 

Young Explorer Edition

Reading Level: Grades K–1

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for a digital preview

This edition teaches readers core science and social studies content while developing academic vocabulary and critical reading skills.

Key Features:

  • Develops nonfiction literacy

  • Encourages academic talk

  • Reading level gradually increases

Click on the following links to:

Preview Projectable Edition
Listen and Read an Issue
View Teacher’s Guide
Preview Interactive Whiteboard Activity
View past issues
Go to magazine website
Learn about the Interactive Edition

Access Teacher Resources

Pioneer Edition

Reading Level: Grades 2–3

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Pathfinder Edition

Reading Level: Grades 4–5

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The perfect resources to develop nonfiction literacy skills as you teach science and social studies core content. High interest text, engaging visuals and specific reading strategies allow you to meet your classroom goals and motivate your students.

Use PIONEER (grades 2–3 reading level) and PATHFINDER (grades 4–6 reading level) individually or combine them for differentiated instruction. Both editions look the same and deliver the same content, but readability levels, vocabulary and concept load differ. Only the teacher knows the difference between editions and all students are learning, regardless of their reading level.

Pioneer

Pioneer Edition introduces academic and content specific vocabulary

Pathfinder

Pathfinder Editions helps students determine meanings of academic and content specific vocabulary

Click on the following links to:

Preview projectable edition
Preview a video
View Teacher’s Guide
Preview Interactive Whiteboard Activity
Go to magazine website
Learn about the Interactive Edition

Access Teacher Resources

Click on the following links to:

Preview projectable edition
Play a game
View Teacher’s Guide
Preview Interactive Whiteboard Activity
Go to magazine website
Learn about the Interactive Edition

Access Teacher Resources

Extreme Explorer Edition

Reading Level: Grades 6–8

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for a digital preview

 

Specifically developed for striving readers in grades 6-12, this magazine will engage and motivate even the most reluctant reader. High-interest and age-appropriate articles and outstanding visuals grab students, helping them improve literacy skills as they learn essential content in both science and social studies. The magazine format appeals to older readers, whether they are ELL, at-risk, special needs, or mainstream classroom students.

Key Features:

  • Accessible informational text

  • Reading strategies highlighted at the start of each article

  • Core content that matches your curriculum

  • Develops test taking skills

  • Text features and glossary that help build academic vocabulary

  • Content written at the 4th grade reading level

Click on the following links to:

Preview sample pages
Play a game
View Teacher’s Guide
Preview Interactive Whiteboard Activity
Go to magazine website
Learn about the Interactive Edition

Access Teacher Resources

Interactive Edition

Nonfiction magazine content for each edition comes alive with the National Geographic Explorer for Schools app!

Tech Support

This Interactive Edition Features:

  • Videos and audio

  • Additional photos, captions, and information

  • Interactive diagrams and graphics

  • And much more!

The app is available for iPad, PC, and Mac.

Access a free sample of the Young Explorer magazine to preview the interactive experience.

Click here for directions on how to access the free sample on your iPad, Mac or PC

Access your free sample:

On iPad

  1. Download the National Geographic Explorer for Schools App.
  2. In the Accounts tab, sign in using the following:
    Username: explorer
    Password: explorer
  3. Look for the free issues in the Available Issues tab.

On Mac or PC

  1. Download and install the Araloc Viewer using these Setup directions.
  2. Download the issue here.
  3. Sign in using the following:
    Username: explorer
    Password: explorer

Click here for detailed directions on how to set up the app on your iPad, Mac or PC

Subscribe Today

*Note: Subscriptions between January-June 2013 will be half subscriptions and will consist of 4 issues. Late subscriptions will receive back issues.

With every 1-year magazine subscription, you get the best value in classroom magazines!
You will get:

  • 7 issues per year (September, October, November/December, January/February, March, April, May)

  • 24 pages of core science and social studies content that supports language arts development

  • FREE comprehensive, downloadable Teacher’s Guide with background information, BLMs, and assessment tools

  • FREE poster included with teacher’s reference copy

  • Interactive Whiteboard content

  • An online projectable edition

Subscriptions must be faxed or emailed.

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