Common Core Explorer

L.4.3a

These apps, games, and websites will help your students choose words and phrases to convey ideas precisely.*
Website
PBS KIDS
One-stop shop for a wealth of fantastic PBS KIDS educational content
GRADES
Pre-K - 6
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Make Beliefs Comix
Comic creation tool stresses self-expression and upbeat messages
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Comic Life
Creative tool for visual storytelling through comics
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Domo Animate
Versatile animation platform stars delightful fuzzy monster
GRADES
4 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
JogNog
Full access to extensive library of standards-aligned quizzes can get pricey
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
Kidspiration
Aging tool uses visual learning to teach ELA and math concepts
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Lists for Writers
Save struggling students from writer's block with tidy creative tool
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Photo Grid - Collage Maker
A few navigation flaws, but a fun way for kids to get creative
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Thesaurus Rex by Dictionary.com
Digital reference tool helps kids spice up their writing
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Comic Master
Limited options hinder learning potential in amusing comic creator
GRADES
4 - 6
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
2