This Britannica Kids: Rainforests app also includes:
- Graphics & Images
- Join to access all included materials
Rainforests only cover about six percent of the earth's surface, yet they capture the imagination of everyone! Explore the rainforest flora and fauna with this informative and colorfully illustrated encyclopedia-style application.
The main screen is a library of the following articles:
- "What is a Rainforest?"
- "Types of Rainforests"
- "Layers of the Rainforest"
- "Rainforest Plants"
- "Rainforest Animals"
- "People of the Rainforest"
- "Rainforest Threats"
Expand the currently viewed article for easier reading or reduce to reveal the table of contents on the left side of the screen.
A nifty, dial-style, scrollable menu of icons at the bottom of the page provides:
- Articles: Return to main screen
- Animals A-Z: Encyclopedia pages on 21 featured rainforest animals
- Brush-off: An activity where you brush away leaf litter to reveal a rainforest animal. Once it it is recognizable, user taps on the Name button in the upper-right corner and attempt to identify the animal by name. When correct, a tidbit of information appears.
- Jigsaw Puzzles: A plethora of puzzles, each including some information about the featured animal in the photograph
- Magic Square: The same photos used in jigsaw puzzles are cut into squares to shuffle into place
- Map: An interactive map showing your location, the location of the world's rainforests, their distance from you, and a related photograph
- Pics & Videos: Links to all of the photographs in the app and a few very brief video clips
- Memory Match: A matching game with pairs from the same set of photographs. Upon finishing, the total number of moves is reported
- Shop: Information on other Encyclopedia Britannica Kids apps
- Quiz: A timed, ten-question, multiple-choice assessment of the entire content. A buzzer sounds for incorrect answers, and your total score can be saved. New questions are asked if you begin again.
Most of the information is entertaining, but not educational
Content can easily be obtained via an Internet search
No instruction, but none is needed
Allows you to browse other apps by the same publisher
How techie do I need to be?
- Use the rainforest app as an optional rainy day exploration activity
- When working on meeting Common Core standards for reading informational texts or literacy in science, have individuals or pairs read a section and provide a summary for the rest of the class
- During your biomes unit, have the app on-hand for learners who finish other class work early
While the content is informative and interesting, and the photographs are attractive, the interactive features are not particularly educational. They consist mostly of puzzles involving the photographs and very little information. The quiz portion of the app is designed to be taken only after you have read all of the material presented.
- Gorgeous photographs of fauna and flora
- Highlighted science terms can be tapped for a definition
- Adaptable to Common Core State Standards
- The few videos are of low-quality and less than one minute in length
- No information on individual plants