Common Core Explorer

RF.5.4a

These apps, games, and websites will help your students read on-level text with purpose and understanding.
App
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
PLATFORM
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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Lexia Reading Core5
Dynamic, game-based reading promotes targeted, individualized growth
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Game
Motion Force
Thrilling projectile puzzle game features solid physics principles
GRADES
5 - 10
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
App
News-2-You
Draw kids into weekly news with powerful symbols and voice narration
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Game
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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App
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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Website
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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Website
Scan and Read Pro
Easily scan, read, and study texts regardless of reading level
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
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 to Try
PLATFORM
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
PLATFORM
n/a
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BeeLine Reader
Simple color-gradient tool for increased reading efficiency
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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App
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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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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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 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
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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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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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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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
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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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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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