Common Core Explorer

L.1.4

These apps, games, and websites will help your students determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 1 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
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BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1
Words become toys in this playful yet powerful vocab-learning game
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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SpellingCity
Charm kids with custom spelling games certain to engage
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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VocabularySpellingCity.com
Welcome to this activity-filled city of words
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Amazon Rapids
New way to engage reluctant readers can be a good short-term option
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Bean Bag Kids Apollo 11
Interactive ebook lets aspiring astronauts blast off on a moon mission
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Endless Alphabet
Adorable animated monsters teach sophisticated vocabulary
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Kidspiration
Aging tool uses visual learning to teach ELA and math concepts
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Shake-a-Phrase: Fun with Words and Sentences
Silly sentences build grammar and vocabulary skills, inspire writing
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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There's No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System
Cat in the Hat takes kids to space, minimal interaction for a book app
GRADES
K - 2
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Word Central
Enhance vocabulary with games, daily definitions, and wordy activities
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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iStoryBooks
No-frills e-library lacks high-quality literature
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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EducationCity
Solid set of browsable, standards-aligned games, activities, lessons
GRADES
Pre-K - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED
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PBS KIDS Lab
Quality TV show-based games offer early-elementary learning
GRADES
1 - 3
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED