Common Core Explorer

RF.1.1

These apps, games, and websites will help your students demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
Website
BrainPOP Jr.
Top-notch educational videos a boon for elementary school teachers
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Curiosityville
Highly engaging, age-appropriate site with delightful games
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read Classroom Edition
Research-based curriculum adapts beautifully to fun, easy-to-use app
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Montessori Letter Sounds - Phonics in English, Spanish, French & Italian
Thoughtfully designed, self-paced games bring letters, sounds to life
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
Bookshare
Unique digital library gives access to those with print disabilities
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
PrimaryPad
Peer editing a breeze with adequate teacher modeling
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Big Universe Learning
An extensive e-library at your fingertips, but no adaptive features
GRADES
1 - 4
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Builda the Re-Bicycler
Thoughtful storybook with good ethics on reducing and recycling
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
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
Language Adventures Quiz Game Show - Gr. 1-3
Jeopardy-style game covers basic skills in a fun way
GRADES
1 - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Montessori Early Reading - Phonics & Rhyme games
Fun with simple words, language sounds best for emerging readers
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Preschoolers ABC Playground Pro
Customizable options support letter learning in multiple languages
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
2
App
Sentence Maker
Use photos and word tiles to create organized sentences
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Touch and Write Phonics
Dig into unique writing textures for letter tracing and phonics fun
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
Word Raider: Escape
Good enough vocabulary game runs risk of becoming rote
GRADES
1 - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Word Wall HD
Cute, low-pressure games focus on multisensory pre-reading skills
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
iStoryBooks
No-frills e-library lacks high-quality literature
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Learn the Alphabet (ABCs)
Super simple letter intro; nice videos, but dull activities lack depth
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
2