World Book, Inc. has announced the introduction of World Book Kids, with what it calls an entirely new approach to online reference tools that reinforces children’s learning through hands-on activities and helps teachers in their efforts to successfully teach to national standards.

The site starts with content from World Book’s Student Discovery Encyclopedia and adds activities that apply to the thousands of articles to provide students with an active learning environment.

World Book Kids was created for students in primary grades as well as special-needs learners. It presents a learning environment that uses simple navigation, easy-to-read content, bright colors, and highly graphical presentations, including thousands of colorful illustrations and diagrams supporting the articles. Activities throughout World Book Kids are presented in three categories:

• “Think It!” – for students who respond to facts, figures and more traditional learning environments
• “Make It!” – for students who learn new concepts by creating things and seeing how they work
• “Be It!” – for students who learn from role-playing and physically connecting with a concept.

Each World Book Kids activity also is formatted with a “Teach It!” hands-on lesson plan that incorporates a variety of core curriculum subjects and provides direct correlation to national standards. It also offers resources for educators, including printable activity worksheets for use in the classroom and at home.

World Book Kids’ articles include questions that, when answered correctly, reward the student with a congratulatory animation and bring them to a related topic on the site. Ultimately after exploring a few different topics, this “Play It!” feature circles students back to the original topic, allowing them to explore a variety of content while seeing the relationship between different topics.

World Book Kids is available as an added component of the World Book Online Reference Center (http://www.worldbookonline.com) available to schools and libraries throughout the U.S. and Canada. Institutions interested in subscribing should contact their World Book representative at 800-975-3250 (U.S.) or 800-837-5365 (Canada).
Source: Multimedia * Internet @ Schools Xtra, accessed August 12, 2006

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