Common Core Explorer

L.7.6

These apps, games, and websites will help your students acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases; gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.
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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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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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Do I Have a Right?
Law sim lets players practice pairing rights with amendments
GRADES
6 - 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
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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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Membean
Deep, data-driven vocabulary tool challenges learners
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
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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Stop Disasters!
Slick sim explores global natural disasters
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Vocabulary.com
Surprisingly addictive quiz game adapts as students play
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
App
Bing
Tired of Google? Bing offers a different way to search
GRADES
6 - 12
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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Cultiwords
Memorize, review, and acquire 40 SAT-caliber words
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Dictionary - Merriam-Webster
No-frills reference isn't highly engaging but gets the job done
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Dictionary.
Vast word reference features tons of content and word games
GRADES
3 - 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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Farm Blitz
Mixed-genre browser game sows fun, harvests financial literacy
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Google Search Mobile App
Easy searching could use kid-friendly filters
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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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Game
Groove Nation
Casual dance game makes learning financial literacy groovy
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Windows, Mac
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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
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Kids' Vocab - Mindsnacks
Solid word lessons reinforced by somewhat-stressful games
GRADES
4 - 7
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
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
PLATFORM
n/a
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Middle School Vocabulary Prep
Colorful, simple vocab practice lacks word context
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NASA's Space Place
Stellar smorgasbord of space and technology materials
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
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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Phrasal Verbs Machine
Perform grammatical acrobatics with The Amazing Phraso
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Puzzlejuice
Tetris + Boggle + wordsplosions = ultimate language fun
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Quizlet
App to find, create, use digital flashcards; website is better
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Scrabble
Online board game classic is the same as always, with a few extra tools
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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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
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Trading Cards
Guided flashcards try to break out of the drill and memorization mold
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
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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Vocabulary A-Z
Vocabulary lessons a great resource for teachers, not for kids
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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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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VocabularySpellingCity
Vocabulary and spelling activities can supplement any content area
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Word A Day Visuals and Audios by VocabAhead
Cool multimedia approach to daily vocab study slightly limited
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Game
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
Website
Wordcraft
Level up with gamified vocabulary study for middle and high school
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
Words With Friends EDU
Super-fun school version introduces preset list of academic words
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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WordSteps
Crowdsourced site offers dictionaries and adaptive language practice
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
App
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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Dictionary.com
Clickbait articles, videos distract from definitions on reference site
GRADES
6 - 12
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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vozMe
Way too simple text-to-audio tool suffers from lack of content, supports
GRADES
5 - 7
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Words, Words, Words
Unengaging vocabulary booster has some weird quirks
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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