New & Noteworthy Apps and Websites - December 31

December 31, 2013
Ellen Holderman
Common Sense Education

CATEGORIES In the Classroom, Technology Integration, Tools

Every Tuesday, we spotlight products that have just been reviewed and have earned a 4- or 5-star editorial rating. This week's list brings us an adventure vocabulary game, a handy solar system app, an interactive app that teaches students about environmental issues, and a game that immerses kids in Native American history.

We invite you to add your voice to the conversation. Do you use one of these products in your classroom? Consider writing a Field Note to let other educators see how you integrate these tools into your lesson planning. For tips on writing a great Field Note, check out this step-by-step blog post.


Scribblenauts Unlimited
Scribblenauts Unlimited allows kids to summon into the game just about anything that they can name simply by tapping out letters to spell nouns and adjectives. Rather than forcing students to use a prescribed solution to a problem, it encourages them to stretch their imaginations to come up with their own novel ways of getting things done. Read full review.

Britannica Kids: Solar System
Britannica Kids: Solar System is a handy science resource filled with information about the solar system. Kids can read articles and watch videos to learn about the planets, the moon, the sun, asteroids, comets, gravity, and space history and exploration.  Read full review.

Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island
Ansel and Clair: Little Green Island's interactive gameplay and real-world examples provide in-depth learning. This mix of animations, video game-like elements, songs, and brief audio and visual lessons help kids learn what can hurt the environment and how they can help it. Read full review.

Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey
Mission US: A Cheyenne Odyssey is a first-person adventure game where kids are given scenarios and asked to make choices about how to proceed. In addition to introducing historical information, kids are challenged to think critically and use the information they have to make wise choices. Read full review.