National Geographic Learning Transforms the K-5 Reading Market with Reach for Reading; a Common Core Reading Program that Helps Students Learn to Read, While Reading to Learn
• Content-based Instruction – Each unit within Reach for Reading is based on a science or social studies theme that develops students’ knowledge of the content areas. The reading selections have a balance of National Geographic exclusive informational text and multicultural literature that work together to build a coherent body of knowledge within and across grades.
“We are excited to introduce this innovative new program into the K-5 reading market,” said Vincent Grosso, vice president, National Geographic Learning. “Common Core Standards require that reading instruction contains a balance of literary and informational texts, but recent studies have shown that over 75% of titles used for reading were narrative. With Reach for Reading, we are incorporating content and imagery from National Geographic to help prepare children for the world of informational texts. Students will be reading about animals, places and other topics, while seeing vivid photos and labeled diagrams that correspond with the text, which results in a much more engaging experience. National Geographic’s content and Explorers are world-renowned, and provide an unmatched learning experience.”
“The adoption of the Common Core State Standards raises the bar for reading instruction in elementary schools,” said Nancy Frey, Ph.D., author of Reach for Reading, and Professor at San Diego State University. “The standards have resonated with educators and curriculum developers nationwide, and presented a challenge: How best to staircase literacy learning in order to meet the college- and career-ready goals articulated throughout? Elementary education is the first step on that staircase, and educators need comprehensive curriculum that addresses the shifts in practice that Common Core requires. The Reach for Reading program was explicitly designed with these shifts in mind.
Built into the program is a digital learning path called, myNGconnect, which provides students and teachers with the opportunity to bring content to life. This feature provides students with eEditions of the texts, vocabulary games, a word builder app and a vocabulary notebook, among other features. It also provides instructors with a teacher site that hosts a digital library, lesson planner and interactive whiteboard activities.