HCOS families have access to the leading online encyclopaedia, World Book. This includes the following resources:
- World Book Kids
- World Book Student
- World Book Advanced
- World Book Discover
- World Book Early World of Learning
- World Book Dramatic Learning
- World Book Science Power
- Encyclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
- L’Encyclopédie Découverte
Access this through your Encom parent home page please.
Cost: free to enrolled HCOS enrolled students
World Book Kids
World Book Kids is an online encyclopaedia designed for a younger primary elementary audience with easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, and engaging activities. Science projects, experiments, biographical searches, animal comparisons, mapping searches including World Book Maps with printable PDF maps. (comparison maps of provinces and places, etc). Games and activities. Video tutorial.
World Book Student
World Book Student gives elementary and middle school students access to 40,000 encyclopaedia and reference articles; 10,000 biographies; plus audios, videos, animations, historical features, educational tools and activities. Students will learn about research skills to complete the research project, planning and creating citations. Steps are foundational and include evaluation of sources like wikis, podcasts, etc. Students will also learn how to use MyResearch, where students can save all their research process. Students can also create timelines to make their social study projects sparkle with 21 st century options. Biography centre will help students research famous Canadians and inspiring people. Surf the Ages website is for ancient civilizations research. Quizzes and activities are made for teacher and student easy access. In the Headlines provides history feed from news of the day, with updates every 15 minutes.
World Book Advance
World Book Advance gives to students of Grade 9 and up access to refined optimized searching of World Book’s encyclopaedia, multimedia, eBooks (including Shakespeare and Dickens, library and other classics), and primary source databases. It also includes research tools such as dictionaries, atlas, and research guides with citation builders for bibliographies. Students have the ability to create individual accounts, to save their content, both within World Book and from external sources, and create timelines and citations in MLA format. Primary and secondary sources are covered in all databases. Pathfinders will help students research under popular topics, links to media, biographies, government and history.
World Book Discover
World Book also includes “World Book Discover,” a collection of resources for differentiated learning including read-aloud, text translation, video, and clear, easy-to- read information. This engaging resource is designed to support students working below grade level with research articles, research tools, and multimedia and interactive videos designed to support grade level content. Reluctant readers and students with mild learning disabilities will appreciate this support. Students can listen to content in many languages. Students are able to create individual accounts to save their research, and easily access the citations. There is even a life skills’ component to help students negotiate financial and health issues (social skills) including worksheets.
Early World of Learning
Early World of Learning supports early elementary students from K- Gr 3 with “Trek’s Travels,” “Welcome to Reading” and “Know It”. These sites include narrative stories, interactive games, and a visual interactive encyclopaedia to support early reading, numeracy and knowledge. Pre-readers will enjoy listening to stories. Readers can control the pace of the story, as word by word highlighting guides them along the way. They can also play games and enjoy sorting and matching puzzles. Print and go activities will also interest your primary aged students.
Science Power is an engaging and visually rich supplemental science learning site for upper elementary-age children. It includes interactive multimedia, experiments, extension activities, teacher guides, and a test for each lesson. The site is correlated to BC provincial standards, and includes differentiated content to help struggling readers master the material. Living systems, force and energy, space and much more . Quizzes and podcasts, experiments and videos makes science fun and easy! Critical thinking questions encourage students to continue their science inquiry into further WorldBook articles. Tests can be accessed after each lesson by accessing the student classroom menu and teacher centre link. Teachers can create their own class to access all reports. Featured Scientists section will help students research biographical information. Ask a Scientist is a great way for students to access popular questions and ask their own questions.
Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
Hispánica Saber Gran Enciclopedia offers students a colourful engagement in the Spanish language covering People, Exploring the World, Science and Math, Religions of the World, Plants and Animals, History, Arts and Literature, and Sports and Hobbies. Each of these categories opens up other topics. Rich with images, a visual dictionary, activities and other links, Hispanica will give students added value and experience alongside their Spanish language studies. Resource is suitable for upper Middle and High School students.
Découverte offers students a colourful engagement in the French language covering People, Exploring the World, Science and Math, Religions of the World, Plants and Animals, History, Arts and Literature, and Sports and Hobbies. Each of these categories opens up other topics. Rich with images, a visual dictionary, activities and other links, Découverte will give students added value and experience alongside their French language studies. Suitable for upper Middle and High School students. This site will allow students to also complete their cultural learning outcomes for their second language.