As a Library Media Specialist, I love all of the wonderful educator features that World Book Online Kids offers students and teachers. Our division subscribes to this valuable resource for us for which I am so grateful! It is a wonderful online encyclopedia sources, but today I want to highlight some of its other features that you may not know about!
Click on Educator Tools to find this hidden gem! Webquests are offered on the following topics:
· Abraham Lincoln
· Ancient Egypt
· Ancient Rome
· Baseball History: Negro League
· Christopher Columbus
· Dr. Seuss
· Harriet Tubman
· Martin Luther King Jr.
· Rosa Parks
· Space Exploration
· Solar System
· World War II
Each webquest is set up as a question set that students answer after searching for the corresponding article. This would be a perfect computer lab activity, nonfiction reading practice, or library/research activity!
2. Lesson Plans/Activities-
Also located in the Educator Tools section are pre-made lesson plans that correspond with some of the encyclopedia articles. These lesson plans are mostly hands on activities that have step by step directions for teachers/students to follow and links to pdf handouts that go along with the content.
3. Homepage Images-Whenever you visit the World Book Online Kids homepage, a different image will appear from articles in the encyclopedia database. These images are perfect to use in an opening activity/bell work/morning work activity. You could bookmark the homepage on your computer that hooks to your activboard, or Clear Touch board and display an image with questions for students to think about.
For the Praying Mantis- you could have students list as many adjectives to describe the animal as they possibly can and have a small prize for the winner.
For this image you could have students write a question about the image. Then, have them give their question to a friend and challenge their friend to find the answer.
This image would be the perfect writing prompt starter. Have student pretend they are traveling on the train and write a story about where they are going and describe their journey.
Students could write a number sentence to go along with the image. For example: A sled team has 6 dogs. 2 dogs are hurt and can’t run. How many dogs will run on the sled team.
4. World of Animals
On the homepage screen, there are many offerings one of which is World of Animals. This section is perfect for teaching/learning about animal specific topics like animal adaptations, ecosystems, animal needs, etc. If you click on the compare animal feature you suddenly have the PERFECT compare/contrast activity/infographic. Students can choose animal one and then animal two and click compare. Then, they will get an infographic that shows what the animals have in common and features that are different.
7. Interactive Maps and Printable Maps
The Maps and More feature offers interactive maps that link to encyclopedia articles about places and points of interest. It also offers printable maps by continent with labels and without. PERFECT for teaching geography!
8. Important People
This tab is perfect for biography research!
9. Compare Places
This activity is very similar to the compare animal feature. It allows students to choose 2 different locations, countries, continents etc. and it will provide an infographic that compares and contrasts both locations. This could be a great extension activity or gifted activity!
I know your students will enjoy these features as much as our classes do! Once you teach students how to access and use the online encyclopedia, you could have a few computers or devices set up in the library with World Book open on them would also be perfect for a station! I know you will enjoy exploring as much as your students will! Leave us a comment of how you use WorldBook Online Kids in your classrooms!