Common Core Explorer

L.5.4a

These apps, games, and websites will help your students use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
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PBS KIDS
One-stop shop for a wealth of fantastic PBS KIDS educational content
GRADES
Pre-K - 6
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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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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Membean
Deep, data-driven vocabulary tool challenges learners
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Osmo Words
Versatile word game challenges across content areas and abilities
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free, 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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Scribblenauts Unlimited
Stimulating and creative adventure helps kids grow their vocabularies
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
3DS, Wii U
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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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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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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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Lingro
Translate websites and even add your own words to an online dictionary
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Treasure trove of lesson resources will benefit from adaptation
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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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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Reading Eggs
A robust if dated reading resource for teachers
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, 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
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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Twisted Manor
Mystery vocabulary game offers many clues but more dead ends
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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EducationCity
Solid set of browsable, standards-aligned games, activities, lessons
GRADES
Pre-K - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED
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Flocabulary
Whip-smart hip-hop songs offer enriched vocab instruction
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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