Common Sense Review
Updated November 2013

World Book's World of Animals

Impressive multimedia encyclopedia of animals
Common Sense Rating 4
  • Explore stats, facts, images, and videos of 200 animals.
  • See how animals compare to one another.
  • Quizzes test for understanding.
  • Compare two animals.
Quick access to fascinating and useful information about 200 animals.
No way to share research notes.
Bottom Line
Rich animal resource has lots of science, research, and writing applications.
Amanda Bindel
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 4

Vivid images, colors, and videos, along with a high-interest topic, will engage kids. Cool facts about animals show what fun research and learning can be.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Interactive content goes far beyond traditional encyclopedias. Students can compare animals and see them ranked on various traits, including weight, length, diet, habitat, predators, and conservation status.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 3

Very easy interface begs to be explored.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

Use World Book's World of Animals as an independent research station where kids can explore and learn about animals on their own. Teachers also can use the animal comparisons to demonstrate comparing and contrasting and then extend the lesson into a writing prompt in which kids flesh out a comparison chart to paragraph form. Use the app to teach common names and scientific classifications of animals in science. The video clips and images make great science resources as well as writing prompts. World of Animals is an engaging, easy-to-use resource for teaching research skills -- from taking notes to documenting sources.

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What's It Like?

World Book's World of Animals is a multimedia encyclopedia that allows kids to learn about and explore almost 200 different animals, both living and extinct. Each animal page contains photos and information about the animal's species, scientific name, weight, length, diet, habitat, predators, conservation status, and more. Kids can compare two animals side-by-side, browse the animal list, search for a particular animal, or narrow the view by type of animal. A multiple-choice quiz tests kids on what they've learned from the animal pages.

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Is It Good For Learning?

World Book's World of Animals is an excellent tool for research and exploration. Kids learn facts about many different animals, including their common and scientific names, type (mammal, reptile, etc.), size, number of newborn, lifespan, diet, and habitat. Vivid images and video enhance kids' understanding, and some entries even include the animal's sound. Each animal page has a short encyclopedia entry further describing it and a fun fact as well as the option to chose another animal from the encyclopedia to compare it to. This rich multimedia experience will give kids a deep understanding of the animals they study, and teachers can incorporate the app into the classroom to teach research skills. Kids are empowered to choose an animal of interest from among the 200 animals included, and the sounds, images, and videos will keep them engaged.

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