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MeL Minute : World Book Kids

Jon Harrison

World Book Kids, a resource for K-5 learners, offers an abundance of content and tools designed to increase knowledge and enhance 21st century learning. Take a closer look at interactive articles, STEM resources, maps, pictures, videos, a section dedicated to animals, biographies, and more!


Start with the captivating, image-driven homepage designed to draw in young researchers by sparking inquiry and curiosity. Search and browse options make finding information simple.  An intuitive search bar and explore browse feature encourages reluctant researchers and aides in spelling and vocabulary building. Kids can seamlessly search for information on thousands of subjects or visually dig for topics of interest.


Complex topics are broken down into easy-to-read text, which helps young learners build fluency. Content is paired with a wealth of images and videos, translations in more than 100 languages, and a text-to-speech tool to support English language learners. Further, differentiate instruction with an easy toggle to Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos, which offers parallel content in Spanish.


Educators will find support for classroom instruction with a collection of hands-on, practical science experiments, activities, games, and lesson plans that support STEM/STEAM and makerspace initiatives as well as NGSS, Common Core, and State Standards.  Accompanying teacher guides include lesson plans that incorporate a variety of cross-curricular topics.


Our most popular feature, World of Animals, allows students to explore a wealth of facts, images, and videos for more than 200 different animals. By using a compare and contrast format, this tool provides quantitative information such as lifespan, size, weight, and where the animal is found in the world side-by-side, which is great for visual learners.


Another favorite feature, Important People, helps students search and browse thousands of biographies, all of which can be filtered by categories such as gender, area of expertise, and time period.


In addition to a wealth of information and learning tools, World Book Online provides ongoing support in a variety of ways. The World Book Training Guide features a written tutorial as well as a training video series to help subscribers get the most out of World Book Kids. If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for an upcoming live training webinar. For feedback or questions, please contact training@worldbook.com.


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