14 Great ELA Products Aligned to Common Core Standards

March 07, 2014
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration, Tools

For this week's Top Picks List Friday, we are featuring great ELA products aligned to Common Core Standards. From vocabulary building to reading comprehension, you'll find terrific apps and websites that match the standards that are most relevant to you.

To see the rating of each app, game, or website, visit the Top-Picks List, ELA Products Aligned to Common Core Standards


Youth Voices
Youth Voices is a vibrant home for young writers seeking an authentic audience and a space to publish writing across a wide range of genres. The site is essentially a social network, so students can easily align their interests and make meaningful connections with other young writers. Read full review.

SpellingCity is a word game app designed to help kids learn spelling and improve vocabulary and grammar skills. It's got 10 free sample lists for K­­–12 students that include math and science words, compound words, sound-alike words, analogies, prefix/suffix words, and SAT prep words. Read full review.

Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth iPad Edition
Shakespeare in Bits: Macbeth iPad Edition delivers the original play, divided into digestible "bits" with translation, analysis, summaries, and notes. But what really makes it shine is a fully animated version of the tragedy that runs beside the text and features the voices of some top-notch contemporary Shakespearean actors. Read full review.

This productivity app can shift the way kids manage information in school and the way teachers share it. Once kids learn how to use it, it can enhance their learning by keeping information on hand and organized. Read full review.

StudySync is an engaging online resource that offers multimedia materials to support over 500 texts. This digital library covers English language arts, history, science, math and technology, and social studies. All of these well-written lesson plans are linked to Common Core standards. Read full review., presented by the Academy of American Poets, showcases more poets and poems than you ever dreamed of. You'll find biographies and photos of more than 450 American poets, past and present. Read full review.

From phonological awareness to reading fluency, kids follow a sequence of lessons and activities that adapt as they go. New readers may start off with letter sounds, while more advanced readers practice word families. Read full review.

The Learning Network
The Learning Network is a blog-style website that features New York Times news content for teacher use. For teachers in states that have adopted the Common Core standards, the site provides a reliable place to make connections with reading, writing, and content-area topics from social studies and science. Read full review.

Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad
Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad includes the full text of the play, audio performed by actors on the London stage, and tools and resources to promote social reading and discussion of the play. Teens can annotate the play within the app and share their notes with a study or Facebook group if they want to. Read full review.

uVocab is an app designed to help kids learn challenging vocabulary words and their definitions. In the Learn Words module, students can browse words, scrolling through the definitions and clicking the sound icon to hear the pronunciation. Read full review.

Learn From Homer
Learn with Homer is an outstanding way to get kids excited about reading. The systematic phonics lessons here can help kids learn letter sounds, letter (capital and lowercase) and word recognition, critical thinking while reading, and reading comprehension. Read full review.

Quandary is an online ethics game that teaches students how to gather and evaluate information to make better decisions. As a space colony captain, students solve three difficult challenges by consulting colonists and choosing a solution that is likely to be most beneficial. Read full review.

WordFlex Touch Dictionary is a dictionary –- three, actually, including the largest, most exhaustive compilation of words in print –- that kids can explore and interact with visually. Kids learn all about words –- definitions, spelling, pronunciation, word origins, synonyms, antonyms, other tenses, and related words. Read full review.

Story Dice
Story Dice is an app featuring symbol dice for creating various language forms –- sweet and simple. Commonly recognized symbols appear on one to 10 dice –- for instance, a mustache, a sailboat, a four-leaf clover, a frog, sandwich bread, a high-heeled shoe, or an airplane. Read full review.


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