Here's what I love:
- The magazines integrate reading, writing, science, and social studies.
- The students are excited about our National Geographic week every month and get to take the magazines home when we're finished with them.
- The online teachers' edition has lesson plans, worksheets, and interactive whiteboard lessons for free. You can also use the digital edition for projectors.
- It comes in two reading levels. They both look alike and have the same topics and pictures, but one is written at the second-third grade level and one is written at the fourth-sixth level. You can mix and match to create differentiation within your classroom this way. Because I teach third grade, I use the Pioneer Edition for all of my students. It challenges my higher readers, but my lower readers are able to participate with extra support.
- Each magazine comes with a two-sided poster in the Teacher's Edition. I display the posters during the week and then put them in our classroom auctions.
- The website has ecards, games, videos, vocabulary challenges, and related articles that update to match the magazine each month.