Developed by:World Wildlife Fund
Experience the world’s most amazing and endangered animals in one app – together. This interactive experience brings you closer to the stories of elephants, whales, rhinos and other fascinating species. Discover their lives and the work of WWF in a way you’ve never seen before. Try out “tiger vision,” stay as still as the polar bear during a hunt, and chop the panda’s bamboo. Explore the animals’ stories, then fold them up and share them with the world. (iTunes)
Prepare to use this app by using any of the following activities:
What is the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)?
Read “About The Project” (found in the information section) with your child before interacting with the app. It will help your child build context about the WWF and their awesome mission.
Your child will likely encounter some unfamiliar words while exploring this app. There’s a large list of options to discuss with your child below. Go over as many, or as little of the words below as you’d like before your child interacts with the app. Choose words that you think are important for them to know, or choose at random. You can always choose a few (3-5) and then go over a few more each time they revisit the app. You will definitely want to review the first two words listed as they are a huge focus for the WWF. For each word you can ask them any of the questions below:
- Have you ever heard of this word before?
- If so, when or where?
- What do you think the word means?
- Do you recognize any smaller words within the word (affixes such as prefixes, root words or suffixes)?
- What kind of word is it (noun, adjective, verb, etc.)?
It’s okay if they can only answer a few of these questions, or can’t answer any at all! If they are able to talk about the words a little, it will help them to build context and background and best prepare to enjoy this app. In the end, provide them with the correct definition, or ask them to look it up. Ask your child to do any of the following activities that suit their learning style for each term (These activities will help your child retain the new information in a fun way):
- Draw a visual representation
- Write out the definition in your own words
- If possible, act the word out
Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying any of the following activities:
Choose Your Own Adventure!
This app is loaded with tons of information! There are various ways your child can explore this app. They can:
- Browse by animal
- Browse by location on the planet
- Browse by each animal’s threats
- Read the general information for each animal
- Read the quick facts for each animal: population in the world, habitat, weight, length, distance from you
- Look at the 8 photographs for each animal and read information specific to that photograph
Have your child choose whichever way will be the most fun for them. Perhaps during their first experience with this app they’d like to focus on the beautiful photographs, and fun facts found under each one. Or, perhaps they want to focus specifically on each animal’s habitat. Whichever way they choose, encourage them to navigate through the information in a way that won’t overwhelm them. This is the kind of app that your child can re-visit time and time again.
Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:
Stay on Top of It!
Is your child interested in learning more about the latest wildlife and conservation headlines and WWF’s ongoing work to protect endangered species and their habitats? If so, there is a section dedicated to the latest news articles on this topic. Encourage your child to take a look at these articles and read any that seem appealing to them. Afterwards, discuss the article with them. They may take the lead and provide you with an awesome overview, and what they found interesting or concerning. If your child needs a little more prompting, ask them any of the following questions:
- What was the article mostly about?
- Did you enjoy the article? Why or why not?
- What did you learn?
- What was the most interesting fact you learned in this article?
- Is there something we can do to help? If so, what?
- How did this article make you feel? Why?
One of the best things about this app is that it teaches us what the WWF is doing to help protect and preserve endangered species and their habitats. Under the “Share Their Stories” section of the app there is a “More Ways To Help” option. Ask your child to read through these and see how they feel about helping. Is there anything else they feel like they can do to help? Encourage them to brainstorm innovative ways that they can help. It doesn’t have to be something drastic - small steps can help make a big difference. Take time to listen to their ideas, encourage them, and help guide them if they need it. In the end, whatever their level of passion or commitment is to helping, remind them that just because they are kids, it doesn’t mean they can’t make a difference in their community and the world. Boost their confidence and remind them how much you believe in them!
This app is jam packed with tons of amazing facts. What were your child’s favorite animals? Favorite facts? Why? Encourage them to share this information with friends and/or family members. Sharing is a great way to retain the new information they learned.