Common Core Explorer

RF.4.4a

These apps, games, and websites will help your students read on-level text with purpose and understanding.
App
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, full-featured reading app measures meaningful literacy gains
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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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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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
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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Website
Scan and Read Pro
Easily scan, read, and study texts regardless of reading level
GRADES
K - 12
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PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
Smithsonian: TweenTribune
Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Amazon Rapids
New way to engage reluctant readers can be a good short-term option
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
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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Website
Big Universe Learning
An extensive e-library at your fingertips, but no adaptive features
GRADES
1 - 4
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
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
DimensionU
ELA and math games alternate between play and practice
GRADES
2 - 10
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Website
KidsPost
Kid-centric news site could use more comprehensive, timely content
GRADES
2 - 7
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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App
Level It Books
Easily list, level, organize, and lend your classroom library
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
Literably
Simple and useful reading fluency assessment tool frees up teacher time
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
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
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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PBS LearningMedia
Treasure trove of lesson resources will benefit from adaptation
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, 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
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
TIME for Kids
Kid-friendly news/info resource can help boost brain power
GRADES
K - 6
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
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n/a
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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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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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Website
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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