Common Core Explorer

L.6.3

These apps, games, and websites will help your students use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Website
BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
BrainPOP ESL
Great mix of fun lessons and practice has solid language support
GRADES
K - 10
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Flocabulary
Schoolhouse Rock meets Tupac in this delightful hip-hop-based platform
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
iTooch 6th Grade Language Arts
Quality lessons, challenging quizzes help kids learn core concepts
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
IXL
Immediate feedback and breadth a major plus, despite emphasis on drills
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Mango Languages
User-friendly site with cool videos focuses on conversation, culture
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Rosetta Course
Stellar but pricey tool immerses users in meaningful language learning
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Storybird
Social storytelling fun; artwork inspires, but limits creative freedom
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Textadventures.co.uk
Play or design text adventures, but creation can get technical
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Game
Trace Effects
Time-travel adventure engages English-language learners
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Bitstrips for Schools
Safe site where students can make and share easy-to-create comics
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
Comic Life
Creative tool for visual storytelling through comics
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Dictionary.
Vast word reference features tons of content and word games
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Forvo
Basic site with vast array of pronunciations from around the world
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
2
App
Google Goggles
Photographing the world to search the Web a welcome blend
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
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
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
IXL - Math and English
Standards-aligned worksheets help kids develop wide-ranging skills
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Lists for Writers
Save struggling students from writer's block with tidy creative tool
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Literably
Simple and useful reading fluency assessment tool has potential
GRADES
K - 7
PRICE
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Photo Editor by Aviary
Cool creative tools for shutterbug teens
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Photo Grid - Collage Maker
A few navigation flaws, but a fun way for kids to get creative
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Phrasal Verbs Machine
Perform grammatical acrobatics with The Amazing Phraso
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Puzzlejuice
Tetris + Boggle + wordsplosions = ultimate language fun
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Sentopiary
Prune grammatically perfect sentences with simple diagramming tool
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Shake-a-Phrase: Fun with Words and Sentences
Silly sentences build grammar and vocabulary skills, inspire writing
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Story Dice
Accessible story-starters spark creativity for all ages
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
1
App
StoryLines for Schools
Silly fusion of Pictionary and "telephone" makes vocabulary fun
GRADES
3 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
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
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Voice Dream Reader - Text to Speech
Versatile tool makes text accessible to kids with visual impairment
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Voki Classroom
Fun vocal avatars engage, but learning potential can only go so far
GRADES
4 - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Comic Master
Limited options hinder learning potential in amusing comic creator
GRADES
4 - 6
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
2
App
Drawing Cartoons
Create unique stop-motion animations, but beware of violent imagery
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Grammar Bytes!
Grammar quiz site isn't very dynamic
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
LyricsTraining
Songs get kids singing, but learning limited by ads, lack of context
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
IXL
Solid grammar and vocab drills complement students' in-class writing
GRADES
6 - 7
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
4