Common Core Explorer

L.4.4c

These apps, games, and websites will help your students consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.
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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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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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Rewordify
Text-leveling tool gives every student access to complex readings
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
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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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Amazon Rapids
New way to engage reluctant readers can be a good short-term option
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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DimensionU
ELA and math games alternate between play and practice
GRADES
2 - 10
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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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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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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Spelling Bee
Functional flashcard and quiz tool links to impressive video library
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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The Strange & Wonderful World of Ants
Interesting look at ants with message of cooperation over competition
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Thesaurus Rex by Dictionary.com
Digital reference tool helps kids spice up their writing
GRADES
4 - 12
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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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Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Useful info buried by dull site design and way too much text
GRADES
3 - 5
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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