Thanks to a generous grant from the Lawndale Educational Foundation, Anderson Elementary School was able to purchase National Geographic Explorer magazine for all 4th and 5th grade students (approximately 300 students). The magazine gives student access to contemporary, high-interest articles. The new Common Core standards emphasize informational text, so it’s vital our students have access to these types of materials. Our 4th and 5th grade students have used the magazines to learn about nonfiction text features, understanding main idea, and using textual evidence to support their claims. Teachers have shared that students thoroughly enjoy the National Geographic Explorer magazine.