I’ve liked the National Geographic for Kids web site for a long time and when I was in the classroom always showed my 2nd graders what could be found there. But until recently I didn’t realize that they had their Young Explorer magazine online. I recently spent a class period with each of my six 1st grade classes to show them how to use this resource. They were enthralled and mesmerized for a number of reasons. It’s real. It has wonderful pictures. You can turn the pages and it reads the text aloud if you click. They spent 30 minutes – no one talking going through the pages of issues. Some kids listened to it all and some read it themselves. It’s a perfect place to introduce young kids to non fiction and a perfect resource that works with the wide range of reading levels you find in a typical 1st grade classroom. It’s also now a permanent link on the list of read aloud sites on my school web site.