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National Geographic and the Common Core

Supporting K-12 Educators with Common Core Resources

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Literacy Preparation in the 21st Century

The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts include a new emphasis on teaching literacy skills in and through history/social studies, science, and technical content areas with a goal of making students stronger critical thinkers who are better prepared for college and career success.

About National Geographic and the Common Core

The National Geographic Society offers K-12 educators resources that align to and support the Common Core State Standards.

National Geographic Common Core Collections

The collections below offer links to informational, grade-appropriate texts for students, as well as supporting information for educators. Resources are grouped by grade range and meet the characteristics of high-quality reading materials outlined by the Common Core State Standards. Check back often as we continue to add new resources!

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  • C3 Framework

    The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards reflects the shared responsibility for literacy learning put forward by the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts. Click here to read about and download the C3 Framework.

Archived Common Core Event

Watch the Oct. 24th Panel Discussion

On October 24, 2013, National Geographic hosted a panel discussion: Fun with Nonfiction and the Common Core: a lively discussion with a teacher, a librarian, an author, and a common core expert! Click here to watch the archived video about using nonfiction in support of common core standards.

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Classroom Materials

  • Core Programs

    National Geographic Learning offers core reading and content literacy programs designed to meet the Common Core State Standards.

  • Supplemental Programs

    National Geographic Learning offers common core readers for students in Grades 3-5. Student books highlight science and social studies content through multiple genres.

  • Classroom Magazines

    National Geographic Explorer magazines inspire students' curiosity and critical thinking through Common Core Standards-based, high-interest articles.

National Geographic Kids

  • Nonfiction Books

    From National Geographic Kids—the name you trust to bring you the world—nonfiction so smart, fun, and engaging, kids won't even realize they're learning.

Library Resources

  • National Geographic Virtual Library

    This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine—every page of every issue—along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images, and videos.


Xpeditions is now archived in National Geographic
Education's new website—natgeoed.org

If you liked Xpeditions, you'll love the new media-rich natgeoed.org. Explore the new site now for activities, maps, interactives, videos, homework help, and more!

www.natgeoed.org

Please note: to search for Xpeditions content, check the "include archive" filter.