Common Core Explorer

L.2.5

These apps, games, and websites will help your students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
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BrainPOP Jr.
Top-notch educational videos a boon for elementary school teachers
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
IXL
Immediate feedback and breadth a major plus, despite emphasis on drills
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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SpellingCity
Charm kids with custom spelling games certain to engage
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
The Opposites
Cheeky characters add fun to fast-paced vocab play
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Curious Words
One word, one second, unlimited creativity
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
App
Endless Alphabet
Adorable animated monsters teach sophisticated vocabulary
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
IXL - Math and English
Standards-aligned worksheets help kids develop wide-ranging skills
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
JogNog
Full access to extensive library of standards-aligned quizzes can get pricey
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Game
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
Website
Professor Garfield
Options almost overwhelm in lasagna-loving cat's fun educational site
GRADES
K - 4
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
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