Learning List has reviewed online materials for National Geographic’s Reach for Reading, which is a comprehensive product that supports language arts and reading instruction in grades K-6. Instruction addresses Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at each grade level and is organized in thematic units that focus on science and social studies topics and emphasize the importance of caring for the planet. [Read more…]
At each grade level, Reach for Reading presents content thematic units that address a “Big Idea” (e.g., “Water for Everyone”). Units open with a “Big Question” that frames a theme in science or social studies (e.g., “Where does water come from?”). Unit openers at grades 1-6 also include a “Building Background” video linked to the Big Question.
Each week provides instruction in close reading of complex texts, writing, grammar, phonemic awareness (grades K-2), and phonics, as well as the development of academic and content vocabulary. Instruction emphasizes the development of reading and writing skills in the context of their real-world applications. Students read texts such as blogs and emails, and create written products such as travel brochures and speeches.
Online resources include the National Geographic digital library, “Comprehension Coach,” and “My Vocabulary Notebook.” The program’s “eAssessment” tool contains weekly and unit assessment options that include reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, writing, editing and revising tests. Downloadable benchmark tests with answer keys and grading rubrics are also provided.
About National Geographic Learning*
National Geographic Learning, a part of Cengage Learning, is a leading educational publisher of school, higher education, English Language Teaching, library and reference materials. At National Geographic Learning, we believe that an engaged and motivated learner will be a successful one, and we design our materials to motivate. We believe that learning can be exciting, inspiring, and transformational.
Through our learning programs, we want learners to experience the excitement and joy of learning that National Geographic explorers, scientists, writers and photographers experience. We share real stories from National Geographic that increase learners’ knowledge of the world and everything in it. We illustrate these materials with stunning National Geographic photography, video, and illustrations that bring the world to the classroom and the classroom to life.
At National Geographic Learning, we have a responsibility to future generations to provide strong educational skills and an awareness of their role as caretakers of the planet.
*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from National Geographic Learning.
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