How Digital Magazines Can Supplement the K-12 School Curriculum

Library Resources | April 20, 2017

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Digital magazines, such as National Geographic, provide a rich experience that are the perfect supplement to traditional K-12 classroom resources. Bring nonfiction content into the curricula and expand student understanding through photography and storytelling.

There’s no more important goal for any school library than to support student learning and build a lifelong love of reading. While textbooks are part of most students’ regular instruction, digital magazines, such as National Geographic, are the perfect supplement to K-12 classroom resources. Unlike textbooks, they provide up-to-date information in short passages with a variety of different text structures and authors. Kids of all ages love the beautiful photography and compelling storytelling, and teachers love the exposure to nonfiction and expository writing, which research has shown broadens reading skills and boosts performance in the classroom and on state assessments.

Here are just a few ways teachers at your school can use National Geographic digital magazines in their K-12 classroom.

1. Improve Maps Skills and Spatial Thinking in Young Children
In a world of Google maps, it’s still important for today’s youth to develop map and spatial thinking skills. Spatial thinking allows students to comprehend and analyze the places and spaces around them and apply this information to what they can touch and see in a room or their neighborhood to a world map or globe. Students who develop strong spatial thinking skills will be able to more easily adapt to the ever-changing digital and technological environment, and National Geographic Little Kids lesson plans support this topic in a way that teachers and students will love.

2. Increase Understanding of Zoology and Earth Sciences
Students need an understanding of how lifeforms such as plants, animals and humans can cause changes to their surroundings. As with the study of earthquakes, volcanoes and floods, it’s important for students to understand the science behind global threats to endangered species and the long-term threats posed to present and future generations. National Geographic Kids offers easy-to-understand language and imagery as a digital source for research. Share a complete lesson plan on endangered animals from National Geographic with your teachers.

3. Strengthen Astronomy and Planetary Science Comprehension
With the recent announcement from NASA regarding possible life on Saturn’s moon, it’s the perfect time to explore how scientists determine the atmospheric composition of distant planets and explain what compounds are most likely to reflect the presence of life on other planets. National Geographic Magazine includes articles about possible life on other planets that teachers can use to facilitate classroom discussions about how scientists are able to deduce this information without visiting the planet itself. View a complete lesson plan on this topic from National Geographic and share it with teachers and students

As your school develops its curricula for next year, consider making National Geographic digital magazines available through your library and to each classroom through Flipster, EBSCO’s Digital Magazine Newsstand. Click below or contact your local EBSCO representative for more information.

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