Common Core Explorer

RF.3.4a

These apps, games, and websites will help your students read on-level text with purpose and understanding.
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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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LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary
Kids can "go anywhere, be anything" with vast book and video library
GRADES
K - 4
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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LightSail
Robust, responsive reading tool measures meaningful literacy outcomes
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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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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Bookshare
Unique digital library gives access to those with print disabilities
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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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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FluencyFinder
Tool lets teachers save time, track data while testing reading fluency
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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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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News-2-You
Draw kids into weekly news with powerful symbols and voice narration
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
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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Quandary
Slick but dialogue heavy ethics game teaches students to make tough decisions
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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Read With Me Fluency
Make assessing, tracking students' reading fluency a breeze
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Read&Write
A useful app and extension that unlocks the written word
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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ReadWorks
An ELA teacher's one-stop shop for reading-comprehension resources
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Scan and Read Pro
Easily scan, read, and study texts regardless of reading level
GRADES
K - 12
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Amazon Rapids
New way to engage reluctant readers can be a good short-term option
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Awesome Stories
Explore dynamic, media-rich stories, bring news and history to life
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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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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DimensionU
ELA and math games alternate between play and practice
GRADES
2 - 10
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Here There Everywhere
Optimistic kids' news source gently delivers current events with warmth
GRADES
2 - 4
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Into the Book
Solid reading strategies can deepen understanding; needs more support
GRADES
2 - 5
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Level It Books
Easily list, level, organize, and lend your classroom library
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Literably
Simple and useful reading fluency assessment tool has potential
GRADES
K - 7
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n/a
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Literacy Leveler
Tool to search, sort, and level classroom books lacks helpful features
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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MrNussbaum
Solid collection of learning activities on a wide variety of topics
GRADES
Pre-K - 5
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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MyON
Reading platform encourages kids with solid audio and search features
GRADES
Pre-K - 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
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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 Tortoise and the Hare | Arloon kids
Augmented reality brings colored pages to life in classic fable
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Wondermind
Interactive games and videos make lessons on brain science fun
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
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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
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Linux, Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Useful info buried by dull site design and way too much text
GRADES
3 - 5
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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ShelSilverstein.com
Limited site, but great printables for learning about poetry
GRADES
3 - 6
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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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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Storyberries
Free story source explores great themes, could use more depth
GRADES
Pre-K - 4
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED