Common Core Explorer

L.5.3

These apps, games, and websites will help your students use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
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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 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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ePals
Kids learn together in well-rounded, collaborative global classroom
GRADES
4 - 7
PRICE
Free
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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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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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Storybird
Social storytelling fun; artwork inspires, but limits creative freedom
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Comic Life
Creative tool for visual storytelling through comics
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, 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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Dictionary.
Vast word reference features tons of content and word games
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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English Club
Overly rigid lessons are better with teacher guidance
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free, Free to Try
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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
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n/a
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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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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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Lists for Writers
Save struggling students from writer's block with tidy creative tool
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Literably
Simple and useful reading fluency assessment tool has potential
GRADES
K - 7
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n/a
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Photo Editor by Aviary
Cool creative tools for shutterbug teens
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Photo Grid - Collage Maker
A few navigation flaws, but a fun way for kids to get creative
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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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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Sentopiary
Prune grammatically perfect sentences with simple diagramming tool
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Story Dice
Accessible story-starters spark creativity for all ages
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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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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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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Voki Classroom
Fun vocal avatars engage, but learning potential can only go so far
GRADES
4 - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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