Common Core Explorer

L.6.4

These apps, games, and websites will help your students determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Website
PBS KIDS
One-stop shop for a wealth of fantastic PBS KIDS educational content
GRADES
Pre-K - 6
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Scribblenauts Remix
Vocab-building word puzzles inspire creative problem-solving
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
4
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
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
Game
Mission US: For Crown or Colony?
First-person journey through pre-Revolutionary War America
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
ReadWriteThink
Excellent free resource for all things reading and writing
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
Rewordify
Text-leveling tool gives every student access to complex readings
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
SpellingCity
Charm kids with custom spelling games certain to engage
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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
App
World's Worst Pet - Vocabulary
Hip games help kids learn words they'll actually use
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Bing
Tired of Google? Bing offers a different way to search
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
ClassTracks
Useful digital flash card practice tool, but could be better.
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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 - Merriam-Webster
No-frills reference isn't highly engaging but gets the job done
GRADES
6 - 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
App
Dictionary.com
Useful reference tool with voice recognition and daily updates
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Free Rice
Drill-and-practice quizzes are a fun way to boost vocab and math basics
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Google Search Mobile App
Easy searching could use kid-friendly filters
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
JogNog
Full access to extensive library of standards-aligned quizzes can get pricey
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Kids' Vocab - Mindsnacks
Solid word lessons reinforced by somewhat-stressful games
GRADES
4 - 7
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Language Adventures Quiz Game Show - Gr. 4-6
Fun, Jeopardy-style game focuses on basic English skills
GRADES
4 - 6
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Lingro
Translate websites and even add your own words to an online dictionary
GRADES
3 - 12
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
Game
Quest of the Wordsmith
Innovative work-in-progress spelling adventure needs larger word bank
GRADES
3 - 6
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
Linux, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Roots to Words
Baked-in vocab-building with Greek and Latin roots
GRADES
4 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
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
App
The Strange & Wonderful World of Ants
Interesting look at ants with message of cooperation over competition
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Thesaurus Rex by Dictionary.com
Digital reference tool helps kids spice up their writing
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
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
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Word Joust for 6-8
Short quests, fun games engage kids in learning vocab
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Words to Learn By
Functional -- but not fun -- basic vocabulary builder
GRADES
2 - 10
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
2
Website
English Online GameZone
Too many rules, not enough learning in dated language site
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
1
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
App
Vocab Rootology
No-frills app may help motivated students learn about roots of words
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
BrainPOP
Arts integration resource gets kids rocking, from pop art to hip-hop
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
3
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
Website
LearnZillion
Common Core video lessons provide excellent skill support
GRADES
6 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED