Common Core Explorer

RF.K.1d

These apps, games, and websites will help your students recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
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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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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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Bugs and Bubbles
Fascinating graphics engage as kids practice pre-reading, STEM skills
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Bugs and Buttons 2
Critical thinking and fine motor skills for the pre-K set
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Handwriting Without Tears: Wet-Dry-Try Suite for Capitals, Numbers & Lowercase
Classic method offers three-step, low-stress learning approach
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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HangArt: Play Hangman, Draw Pictures, Tell Stories
Games, creative activities give 360-degree view of common sight words
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Metamorphabet
Explore an animated alphabet with this magical interactive gem
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Monkey Word School Adventure
Delightful monkey means business on this challenging early reading app
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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More.Starfall
A range of clever activities for early literacy and math exploration
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Name Play: a name reading and writing practice kit
Simple but fun games cleverly let prereaders explore familiar names
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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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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SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet
Fun filled games use multiple strategies to teach the alphabet
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Agnitus - Personal Learning Program
Skills-based games teach effectively, but usability issues distract
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Alien Buddies
Energetic aliens prove effective messengers for teaching pre-reading
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Alphabet Organizer
Graphic organizer turns letters and words into books
GRADES
K - 5
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
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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
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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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DRAWNIMAL by YATATOY
Simple alphabet review with animal drawings that escape off the screen
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Gappy Learns Reading - Teach Kids Spelling and Reading With Letters & Sounds - Educational Sight Word Games for Kindergarten
Simple spelling game hones in on specific reading skills
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Kid Awesome Kindergarten English Premium – Master the First Year of Language Learning!
Early literacy journey has good coverage, but flashy delivery distracts
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Letter Monster
Appealing graphics, fun gameplay encourage practice recognizing letters
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
Literacy Center Education Network
Simple literacy activities offer focused practice but lack pizazz
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Meet Heckerty
A friendly witch teaches about self-acceptance in sweet ebook
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Montessori Preschool
Play mini-games for coins in classic Montessori classroom
GRADES
Pre-K
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
PBS Kids WordWorld
Words populate this creative, magical land: more activities would be welcome
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Preschoolers ABC Playground Pro
Customizable options support letter learning in multiple languages
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
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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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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
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n/a
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Shape-O ABC's
100 gorgeous puzzles inspire kids to keep playing, learning
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Skill Champ
Foundational-skills-practice tool supports specific learning needs
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Starfall ABCs
ABCs and phonics integrate with fun images, animations, and activities
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Tagxedo
Create illuminating word clouds with ease and style
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Teach Your Monster to Read
Free phonics adventure oozes charm, has limited learning potential
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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The Big Reading Show Classroom Edition – Preschool Games & Songs by Hooked on Phonics
Super-fun early literacy music videos, lackluster interactive elements
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Touch and Write
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Word Wagon - by Duck Duck Moose
Charming objects and animals turn spelling into play
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Kids ABC Letters
OK intro to letters would get a boost from more adaptability
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Learn the Alphabet (ABCs)
Super simple letter intro; nice videos, but dull activities lack depth
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Licking Letters
Appealing characters, creative premise make spelling fun
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Website
PBS KIDS Lab
Math and language activity guide helps organize and group content
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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