- January 11, 2018 at 9:28 PM #42899
Brenda Stoltzfoos asks:
Can you recommend a good, online, free encyclopedia that’s elementary student friendly? The encyclopedia set we inherited is very obsolete, we can’t check reference books out of the library, and buying a brand new set is beyond our budget. : )
- January 12, 2018 at 4:09 PM #42944
The Library of Congress maintains a website for children with quite an array of information. It can be found by entering “kids and families” on its homepage. Or the following direct link should work: https://www.loc.gov/families/
Wikipedia for Schools offers articles and other material grouped by subject.
Note that free online material typically features many ads that are designed to distract/attract attention away from the content.
Regarding print encyclopedias, some “Booksaver” stores, such as Ephrata PA, or Hagerstown MD have sets of Worldbooks dated 10 years old or less at a reasonable price.
- January 13, 2018 at 9:52 PM #42963
I’m a defender of the old encyclopedia. The vast majority of what’s covered in our history classes happened well before that 1983 World Book set was published, and I’m pretty sure our understanding of science at the elementary and secondary level has changed very little in the last half-century or so. (Do correct me if I’m wrong about science, there, since I don’t teach science and may not know what I’m talking about.)
One place where old encyclopedias fall short is in giving current information needed for many geography assignments, such as population statistics, recent political and economic developments, etc. The CIA World Factbook is a good online source for this sort of thing, and it can be downloaded for offline use. There are also CIA World Factbook apps that can be used offline on a tablet or smartphone.
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