Common Core Explorer

L.2.6

These apps, games, and websites will help your students use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts, including using adjectives and adverbs to describe (e.g., When other kids are happy that makes me happy).
Website
Code.org
Popular games, big names get kids and teachers pumped to program
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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PBS KIDS
One-stop shop for a wealth of fantastic PBS KIDS educational content
GRADES
Pre-K - 6
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Ansel and Clair: Cretaceous Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs and their demise dominate in this last of a giant trilogy
GRADES
1 - 4
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Ansel and Clair: Jurassic Dinosaurs
Awesome time travel adventure lets kids walk with the dinosaurs
GRADES
1 - 4
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Ansel and Clair: Paul Revere's Ride
Charming play brings American Revolution to life in ways that stick
GRADES
1 - 5
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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Ansel and Clair: Triassic Dinosaurs
Kids travel back in time for a dino-size learning adventure
GRADES
1 - 4
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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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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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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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ClaroSpeak US
Give kids a voice with supportive, quality text-to-speech tool
GRADES
2 - 12
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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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
Game
Quest of the Wordsmith
Innovative work-in-progress spelling adventure needs larger word bank
GRADES
3 - 6
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
Linux, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Speak it! Text to Speech
Communicate out loud with easy, accurate text-to-speech tool
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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StoryBuilder
Versatile resource helps kids with multi-sentence storytelling
GRADES
1 - 4
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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X is for X-Ray (iPad)
Cool alphabet-based visuals, plus a bit of science, history, and vocabulary fun
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Website
IXL
Standards-aligned drills offer great assessment data, may not engage
GRADES
2
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED
Website
LearnZillion
Step-by-step videos explore key Common Core reading and writing skills
GRADES
2
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED