Common Core Explorer

RF.K.3a

These apps, games, and websites will help your students demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or many of the most frequent sound for each consonant.
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Curiosityville
Highly engaging, age-appropriate site with delightful games
GRADES
Pre-K - 3
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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PBS KIDS PLAY!
Customizable learning meets quality design and beloved PBS characters
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Writing Wizard - Kids Learn to Write Letters & Words
Vibrant, playful tracing practice offers unique rewards, fab support
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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abc PocketPhonics: letter sounds & writing + first words
Strong phoneme development activities; good practice
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Alpha Writer, by Montessorium
Well-crafted app lets emerging readers and writers develop reading skills through word building
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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AlphaTots
Clever interactive games introduce letter sounds, action words
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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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
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NOT YET RATED
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Avokiddo ABC Ride
Inventive letter-learning activities take kids on a near-perfect ride
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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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
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Brainzy
Handy, engaging early reading and math topics in fun, inviting package
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
Ele
Useful pre-K learning resources help both teachers and parents
GRADES
Pre-K
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
Lexia Reading Core5
Interactive reading program promotes targeted, individualized growth
GRADES
K - 5
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
PLATFORM
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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PocketPhonics Stories
Comprehensive, serious phonics program has great supports, some fun
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen
Fun, cute word-building with Cookie Monster; vowel toys are optional
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Sky Fish Phonics
Engaging game combines problem-solving with early reading skills
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
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
PLATFORM
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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TopIQ Math, Reading & Writing Learning Program for Kids in Preschool, Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Skills-based games teach effectively and grow with kids
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free to Try, 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
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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Kidspiration
Aging tool uses visual learning to teach ELA and math concepts
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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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
PLATFORM
n/a
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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
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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
PLATFORM
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 Friends
Thorough but repetitive journey introduces letters and reading basics
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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
PLATFORM
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
PLATFORM
n/a
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Teach Me: Toddler
Encouraging practice in basics for little ones ready to learn
GRADES
Pre-K
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
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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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
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App
Touch and Write
GRADES
Pre-K - K
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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
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Vizzle
Visual lessons reinforce concepts for students with special needs
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Endless Reader: School Edition
Animated sight word practice is tons of fun, lacks learning supports
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
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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SUPER WHY!
Early literacy games -- though fun -- lack depth and learning support
GRADES
Pre-K - K
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n/a
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