Common Core Explorer

RF.2.3a

These apps, games, and websites will help your students distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
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Curiosityville
Highly engaging, age-appropriate site with delightful games
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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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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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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BrainPOP Featured Movie
Incredibly engaging cartoons on a wide range of topics draw kids in
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Front Row
Zero in on Common Core math and ELA with personalized practice and assessments
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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PocketPhonics Stories
Comprehensive, serious phonics program has great supports, some fun
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Read&Write
Useful text-to-speech app and extension unlocks the written word
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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Starfall Learn to Read
Delight emergent readers with lively phonics lessons
GRADES
K - 2
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Website
Starfall.com
Well-designed literacy site with great activities for new readers
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Website
Big Universe Learning
An extensive e-library at your fingertips, but no adaptive features
GRADES
1 - 4
PRICE
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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Game
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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Pluto Learns Piano HD
Engaging music notation and performance app encourages practice
GRADES
Pre-K - 5
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Reading A-Z
Leveled texts with extensive teaching supports
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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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
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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Vizzle
Visual lessons reinforce concepts for students with special needs
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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
Website
Skoolbo
Endless drills mostly stress speed, competition in cartoon game world
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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