Common Core Explorer

L.5.1

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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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
Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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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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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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Front Row
Zero in on Common Core math and ELA with personalized practice and assessments
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Grammaropolis
Animated parts-of-speech app enlivens grammar lessons
GRADES
2 - 10
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Grammaropolis.com
Catchy parts-of-speech instruction, from hook to assessment
GRADES
2 - 10
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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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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Punctuation - End Marks
Clever quizzes, charming characters explore rules for ending sentences
GRADES
3 - 5
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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AdLit
A multitude of no-frills literacy support tools for teachers
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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ClassK12
Lessons and quizzes provide thorough, if uninspired online practice
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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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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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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Free Rice
Drill-and-practice quizzes are a fun way to boost vocab and math basics
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Game Classroom
Fun, game-based homework helper can supplement classwork
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Grade 6 Vocab Audios and Pics
Quirky cartoons, great audio features bring fun to vocab study
GRADES
5 - 7
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Grammar Pop
Pop-the-words game helps students brush up on parts of speech
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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[email protected]
Eagle-eyed virtual editor points out errors and gives advice
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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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
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Puzzlejuice
Tetris + Boggle + wordsplosions = ultimate language fun
GRADES
5 - 12
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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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
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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StoryLines for Schools
Silly fusion of Pictionary and "telephone" makes vocabulary fun
GRADES
3 - 10
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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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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VOA Learning English
Real-world news, loads of resources to support ELLs' needs
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Website
Grammaropolis.com
Schoolhouse who? Catchy tunes get students connected with conjunctions
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Website
Grammaropolis.com
Learn about prepositions with skits, quizzes, ebooks, and a video
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Website
Grammaropolis.com
These quizzes, stories, and songs enliven subtle grammatical points
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Website
Grammaropolis.com
Hey! Interjections explained through a music video, skits, and more
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Website
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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IXL
Pair these fun grammar exercises with your own writing assignments
GRADES
5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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