World Book Online

screen-shot-2017-01-10-at-1-54-41-pmDetermined to find his favorite mitt, Greg searched everywhere. He looked in his closet, under his bed, behind his dresser, the garage, even outside, although he knew there would be no way that he would leave his mitt outside where it could get wet. Frustrated, he grabbed his dad’s mitt, which was way too big and went to meet his friends on the field a couple of blocks behind his house.

Later that night, while eating dinner with his family, he asked if anyone had seen his mitt. His mom smiled and asked, “Isn’t that it over there on the bookshelf?” She pointed across the table at the bookshelf near the door to the garage entrance.

“You’ve got to be kidding!” Greg exclaimed. “I walked right past there a million times today. How could I have missed it?”

You may find yourself asking a similar question once you see all that World Book Online has to offer and it’s a database that we’ve had for years! You and your students have it pushed out to you on your iPads. You should stop reading right now and look for it. Go ahead, I’ll wait for you. Did you find it? For those of you that have checked it out a long time ago, you will want to check it out again. It’s been updated and it keeps getting better. World Book Online has been right under your nose this whole time. Instead of Google, it should be one of the first places we send our students when they are researching. Take the next 5 minutes to take a look on your iPad at what World Book has to offer.

Here are some key features:


  • Cited articles, videos & images
  • Activities
  • Maps
  • Games
  • Important People
  • Compare Animals or Places
  • Science Projects


  • Cited articles, videos & images
  • Behind the Headlines
  • Featured Videos
  • How to Research
  • Biography Center
  • Interactive Maps
  • Timelines
  • Trivia Quizzes
  • Compare Places
  • Atlas


  • Cited articles, videos & images
  • Featured Articles
  • Headlines
  • Government Websites
  • Compare Places
  • Interactive Maps
  • Pathfinders
  • Resource Guides
  • Timelines
  • Today in History
  • World Newspapers

Set some time aside in your classroom for your students to explore what World Book has to offer. Give them 15 minutes to explore and then take another 10 minutes for students to share out what they found. They get pretty excited!

Don’t forget that you’ll need the username and password to access World Book Online when you’re away from school and not on the district network.

Images from World Book Online

About Christie Boen

I have worked with Bend-La Pine since 2007. I am an Instructional Technology Coach and District Librarian.

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