Common Core Explorer

L.2.1

These apps, games, and websites will help your students demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
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BrainPOP Jr.
Top-notch educational videos a boon for elementary school teachers
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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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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BrainPOP ESL
Great mix of fun lessons and practice has solid language support
GRADES
K - 10
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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EducationCity
Cute, clever, standards-aligned activities teach foundational skills
GRADES
Pre-K - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Flocabulary
Schoolhouse Rock meets Tupac in this delightful hip-hop-based platform
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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IXL
Immediate feedback and breadth a major plus, despite emphasis on drills
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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LanguageBuilderDeluxe
Audio, visual prompts help boost kids' communication skills
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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PowerMyLearning Connect
Lots of quality educational content wrapped up in a tidy website
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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PrimaryPad
Peer editing a breeze with adequate teacher modeling
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Free to Try, 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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First Phrases HD
Robust grammar tool is perfect for language development
GRADES
1 - 6
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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IXL - Math and English
Standards-aligned worksheets help kids develop wide-ranging skills
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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JogNog
Full access to extensive library of standards-aligned quizzes can get pricey
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, 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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Language Adventures Quiz Game Show - Gr. 1-3
Jeopardy-style game covers basic skills in a fun way
GRADES
1 - 3
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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SentenceBuilder for iPad
Sentence games have potential to build grammar knowledge and skills
GRADES
1 - 6
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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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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Smart-EZE: Minutes A Day - Math, English, and Reading Comprehension Review
Skill-and-drill tasks fine for practice, not so great for instruction
GRADES
1 - 5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Studyladder
Lots of solid practice for kids, plus advice for teachers
GRADES
Pre-K - 6
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Dragon Dictation
Empowers kids to express themselves, but accuracy is limited
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free
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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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EducationCity
Boost language skills with collection of activities, lessons, games
GRADES
Pre-K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED
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Grammaropolis.com
Deliver in-depth curriculum through comics, video, and song
GRADES
2 - 7
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Grammaropolis.com
These quizzes, stories, and songs enliven subtle grammatical points
GRADES
2 - 8
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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Grammaropolis.com
Get kids into the action with a music video and ready-made slideshows
GRADES
2 - 7
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED
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Grammaropolis.com
Versatile, jazzy instruction can be self paced or whole class
GRADES
2 - 7
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED
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IXL
Standards-aligned drills offer great assessment data, may not engage
GRADES
2
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED