Common Core Explorer

RF.K.1

These apps, games, and websites will help your students demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print.
Website
BrainPOP Jr.
Top-notch educational videos a boon for elementary school teachers
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
4
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
5
TEACHER RATING
3
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
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Bookshare
Unique digital library gives access to those with print disabilities
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
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
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Interactive Alphabet
Learning letters, writing words, and touch typing from A to Z
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
PrimaryPad
Peer editing a breeze with adequate teacher modeling
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
SesameStreet.org
Everything you love about the TV show, customizable and on demand
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Builda the Re-Bicycler
Thoughtful storybook with good ethics on reducing and recycling
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Duck Duck Moose Reading
Good early reading practice, but busy with a capital B
GRADES
K
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Fish School
Waves of fun with fish forming letters, numbers, and colors
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
2
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
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
iWriteWords (Handwriting Game)
Tracing for beginners with a numbered connect-the-dots method
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Kids ABC Phonics
Good intro for students new to phonics or apps -- or both
GRADES
Pre-K
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Meet Heckerty
A friendly witch teaches about self-acceptance in sweet ebook
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
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
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Montessori Preschool
Play mini-games for coins in classic Montessori classroom
GRADES
Pre-K
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
3
TEACHER RATING
2
Website
Reading A-Z
Leveled texts with extensive teaching supports
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Sesame Street S'More! The Digital Magazine for Kids
Engaging themed content, but tech and design issues hamper smooth play
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Speech with Milo: Sequencing
Cute mouse helps kids learn first, next, last with relatable themes
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Teach Me: Kindergarten
Sweet mouse quizzes kids in six Kindergarten subjects
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
App
This Is My Story (And I'm Sticking To It)
Colorful, fun story creator teaches beginner grammar and spelling
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
2
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
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
VTech InnoTab Software - Bubble Guppies
Pet care-focused games help practice math and reading
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
InnoTab, InnoTab 2
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
iStoryBooks
No-frills e-library lacks high-quality literature
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
3