Common Core Explorer

RF.1.2

These apps, games, and websites will help your students demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
Website
Curiosityville
Highly engaging, age-appropriate site with delightful games
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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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
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NOT YET RATED
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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
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NOT YET RATED
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Alpha Writer, by Montessorium
Well-crafted app lets emerging readers and writers develop reading skills through word building
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
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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Big Kid Life Vet
Gentle feedback helps kids learn empathy and some ABCs
GRADES
K - 1
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
EducationCity
Cute, clever, standards-aligned activities teach foundational skills
GRADES
Pre-K - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Website
Front Row
Zero in on Common Core math and ELA with personalized practice and assessments
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Homer: Kids Learn to Read App
A captivating, comprehensive beginning reading resource
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
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Montessori Crosswords
Gently ease kids into phonics with superb Montessori-inspired puzzles
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Phonics Genius
Quality flashcard-style phonics app missing some basics
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Website
Smartyants.com
Follow ants through inviting tunnels of literacy and adaptive learning
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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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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App
English Club
Overly rigid lessons are better with teacher guidance
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free, Free to Try
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n/a
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Hearbuilder Phonological Awareness
Research-based activities build listening and auditory phonics skills
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Kidspiration
Aging tool uses visual learning to teach ELA and math concepts
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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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
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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
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NOT YET RATED
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Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe Interactive Game
Twist on traditional game would get a boost from audio support
GRADES
K - 2
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Teach Your Monster to Read
Free phonics adventure oozes charm, has limited learning potential
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Website
The Electric Company
Friendly edu-site's cool word games could use a few more challenges
GRADES
K - 4
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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The Monster at the End of This Book...Starring Grover!
Classic page-turner will have kids laughing all the way to the monster
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Touch and Write Phonics
Dig into unique writing textures for letter tracing and phonics fun
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Word Raider: Escape
Good enough vocabulary game runs risk of becoming rote
GRADES
1 - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Word Wall HD
Cute, low-pressure games focus on multisensory pre-reading skills
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Storyberries
Free story source explores great themes, could use more depth
GRADES
Pre-K - 4
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
EducationCity
Boost language skills with collection of activities, lessons, games
GRADES
Pre-K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED