Common Core Explorer

L.5.6

These apps, games, and websites will help your students acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships (e.g., however, although, nevertheless, similarly, moreover, in addition).
Website
Code.org
Popular games, big names get kids and teachers pumped to program
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Scribblenauts Remix
Vocab-building word puzzles inspire creative problem-solving
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Hackasaurus
Puts the hacking power in your hands as you unlock, remix, recode
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
IXL
Immediate feedback and breadth a major plus, despite emphasis on drills
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Rewordify
Text-leveling tool gives every student access to complex readings
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Game
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Stimulating and creative adventure helps kids grow their vocabularies
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
3DS, Wii U
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Alphabet Organizer
Graphic organizer turns letters and words into books
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
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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Grade 7 Vocab Audios and Pics
Quirky cartoons, solid audio make vocab study fun and meaningful
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
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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App
JogNog
Full access to extensive library of standards-aligned quizzes can get pricey
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Kids' Vocab - Mindsnacks
Solid word lessons reinforced by somewhat-stressful games
GRADES
4 - 7
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Game
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
App
Lists for Writers
Save struggling students from writer's block with tidy creative tool
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Puzzlejuice
Tetris + Boggle + wordsplosions = ultimate language fun
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Spelling Bee
Functional flashcard and quiz tool links to impressive video library
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
VOA Learning English
Real-world news, loads of resources to support ELLs' needs
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
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NOT YET RATED
Website
Vocabulary A-Z
Vocabulary lessons a great resource for teachers, not for kids
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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VocabularySpellingCity
Vocabulary and spelling activities can supplement any content area
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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VocabularySpellingCity
Subscription-based, student-facing app fine for independent practice
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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X is for X-Ray (iPad)
Cool alphabet-based visuals, plus a bit of science, history, and vocabulary fun
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Alchemy ~ Genetics
Crossing animals endlessly too much of a one-trick pony
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Words, Words, Words
Unengaging vocabulary booster has some weird quirks
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
EducationCity
Solid set of browsable, standards-aligned games, activities, lessons
GRADES
Pre-K - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED