Common Core Explorer

L.7.3a

These apps, games, and websites will help your students choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely, recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.*
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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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Mango Languages
User-friendly site with cool videos focuses on conversation, culture
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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PenPal Schools
Collaborative lessons connect students across the globe
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Bitstrips for Schools
Safe site where students can make and share easy-to-create comics
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
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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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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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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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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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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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Word Raider: Quest
Good variety of vocab study but lacks inventive game design
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Writing Prompts
Handy, flexible story starters engage kids but require supervision
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Drawing Cartoons
Create unique stop-motion animations, but beware of violent imagery
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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LyricsTraining
Songs get kids singing, but learning limited by ads, lack of context
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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