Common Core Explorer

RF.1.3

These apps, games, and websites will help your students know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
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
TEACHER RATING
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
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
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
TEACHER RATING
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
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
Homer: Kids Learn to Read App
A captivating, comprehensive beginning reading resource
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
Game
LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: LeapSchool Reading
Kids play fun reading and hobby games to complete a classroom yearbook
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
LeapFrog games
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Monkey Word School Adventure
Delightful monkey means business on this challenging early reading app
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
Montessori Crosswords
Gently ease kids into phonics with superb Montessori-inspired puzzles
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
Phonics Genius
Quality flashcard-style phonics app missing some basics
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
PocketPhonics Stories
Comprehensive, serious phonics program has great supports, some fun
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Read&Write
A useful app and extension that unlocks the written word
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen
Fun, cute word-building with Cookie Monster; vowel toys are optional
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Smartyants.com
Follow ants through inviting tunnels of literacy and adaptive learning
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
Website
Arcademic Skill Builders
Fun games provide helpful math and language practice
GRADES
1 - 6
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
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
TEACHER RATING
App
Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
Endless Alphabet
Adorable animated monsters teach sophisticated vocabulary
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
English Club
Overly rigid lessons are better with teacher guidance
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free, Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
Freefall Spelling
Cute, colorful app offers solid early spelling practice, custom lists
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
Game
Kidspiration
Aging tool uses visual learning to teach ELA and math concepts
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
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
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
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
TEACHER RATING
App
Sight Words Hangman
Spooky but clever twist on a classic for fun sight-words practice
GRADES
K - 2
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
Smart-EZE: Minutes A Day - Math, English, and Reading Comprehension Review
Skill-and-drill tasks fine for practice, not so great for instruction
GRADES
1 - 5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Game
Teach Your Monster to Read
Free phonics adventure oozes charm, has limited learning potential
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
Website
The Electric Company
Friendly edu-site's cool word games could use a few more challenges
GRADES
K - 4
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
The Flying Alphabetinis -- A Fingerprint Network App
Fun, beginner-style way for kids to start playing social word games
GRADES
1 - 3
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
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
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
Tiggly Submarine: Explore the Depths of Short Vowels & Phonics
Delightful, sea-themed activities explore short-vowel sounds
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
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
TEACHER RATING
App
Word Bingo
Word-recognition practice made fun -- plus cute bugs
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
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
TEACHER RATING
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
TEACHER RATING
Website
EducationCity
Boost language skills with collection of activities, lessons, games
GRADES
Pre-K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED