Common Core Explorer

RF.K.3

These apps, games, and websites will help your students know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
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
App
Autism Core Skills School Edition: Academic, Communication, and Social Skills Plus Data
Robust app combines high-quality lessons with handy quantitative data
GRADES
Pre-K - 10
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
Ele
Useful pre-K learning resources help both teachers and parents
GRADES
Pre-K
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
App
Monkey Word School Adventure
Delightful monkey means business on this challenging early reading app
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
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
App
Phonics Genius
Quality flashcard-style phonics app missing some basics
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
PocketPhonics Stories
Comprehensive, serious phonics program has great supports, some fun
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
ReadWriteThink
Excellent free resource for all things reading and writing
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen
Fun, cute word-building with Cookie Monster; vowel toys are optional
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
Smartyants.com
Follow ants through inviting tunnels of literacy and adaptive learning
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
SpellingCity
Charm kids with custom spelling games certain to engage
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
SUPER WHY ABC Adventures: Alphabet
Fun filled games use multiple strategies to teach the alphabet
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Beginning Sounds Interactive Game
Cute sorting games help kids learn 18 initial sounds
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
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
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
Endless Alphabet
Adorable animated monsters teach sophisticated vocabulary
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
English Club
Overly rigid lessons are better with teacher guidance
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free, Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
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
Game
Kidspiration
Aging tool uses visual learning to teach ELA and math concepts
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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
Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe Interactive Game
Twist on traditional game would get a boost from audio support
GRADES
K - 2
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
Sight Words Hangman
Spooky but clever twist on a classic for fun sight-words practice
GRADES
K - 2
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Starfall ABCs
ABCs and phonics integrate with fun images, animations, and activities
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Free
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
Tiggly Submarine: Explore the Depths of Short Vowels & Phonics
Delightful, sea-themed activities explore short-vowel sounds
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
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
App
Word Bingo
Word-recognition practice made fun -- plus cute bugs
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
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
Learn the Alphabet (ABCs)
Super simple letter intro; nice videos, but dull activities lack depth
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
2