World Book Encyclopaedia

World Book Super Home Page

HCOS families have access to the leading online encyclopaedia, World Book. This includes the following resources:

  • World Book Early World of Learning  (pre-K to Gr. 3)
  • World Book Kids (Grades K-5)
  • World Book Student (Grades 5-8)
  • World Book Advanced (Grades 8-12)
  • World Book Timelines
  • World Book Discover  (for students working at below-level reading ability)
  • Dramatic Learning
  • Encyclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos (Spanish site; Gr. 8-12)
  • L’Encyclopédie Découverte (French site; Gr. 8-12)
  • World Book Science Power (Grades K-7)

To access the World Book home page, please log in to your parent home page in Encom, the school computer, choose “Curriculum Resources”, then scroll down to find World Book’s links, username and login.

Cost: free to enrolled HCOS enrolled students

Video Tutorials may be found at this page.  To check out some World Book webinars, including one explaining the changes to the site in 2015, go here.

Early World of Learning

Early World of Learning supports early elementary students from pre-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.

Video Tutorial.

World Book Kids

World Book Kids is an online encyclopaedia designed for a younger primary elementary audience (Grades K-5) 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 (Grades 5-8) 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.

Tutorial video.

  World Book Advanced

World Book Advanced 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.

Video tutorial. 

World Book Timelines

World Book Timelines

World Book Timelines is optimized for tablets and offers hundreds of pre-generated timelines across eight broad topics, which cover various time periods in history or span the life of historical public figures.

Featuring more personalization and customization options than any other World Book site, World Book Timelines also allows users to create their own timeline from scratch, adding events, descriptions, and media.

Video Tutorial

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.

Video tutorial.

Dramatic Learning

World Book Dramatic Learning

Dramatic Learning extends the work you are already doing. The plays on this site have been written to work in concert with accompanying lesson plans tied to American achievement benchmarks. They function as a catalyst to engage students in the adventure of learning, encouraging them to pursue further research and exploration long after their classroom experience is over.

The plays and their attendant materials on this site are your tools to respond to the varying learning modes of your students and help you ensure that nobody falls through the cracks in reading, learning, and being engaged in the classroom.

Each Dramatic Learning play leads you through the story of the play to the concepts to be learned. The adventures that you have while rehearsing and performing the play – from designing and creating sets and costumes, to finding inventive props – are up to you!

Dramatic Learning videos


Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

World Book Spanish

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 (Gr. 8-12).

Video Tutorial

L’Encyclopédie Découverte

World Book French

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 (Gr. 8-12).   This site will allow students to also complete their cultural learning outcomes for their second language.

Video Tutorial

Science Power

 Science Power 1

Science Power is an engaging and visually rich supplemental science learning site for  elementary-age children (Grades K-7). 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.

Video Tutorial

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