Common Core Explorer

RH.6-8.10

These apps, games, and websites will help your students by the end of grade 8, read and comprehend history/social studies texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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CommonLit
Feature-rich literacy resource offers superb support for readers
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Facing History and Ourselves
A wealth of resources explore racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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iCivics
Exceptionally well-designed games, lesson plans demystify government
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Actively Learn
Empowering social ereader keeps kids actively, independently engaged
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Argument Wars
Courtroom sim covers ethics, the Constitution, and the art of argument
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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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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Community PlanIt
Custom-designed civic engagement game helps kids make local impact
GRADES
6 - 12
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Linux, Mac, Windows
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Do I Have A Right?
Law sim lets players practice pairing rights with amendments
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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Linux, Mac, Windows
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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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Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book
Dazzling look at the world via an interactive atlas
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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National Archives
Access U.S. history with treasure trove of docs, genealogy, and other resources
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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ProCon.org
Comprehensive, nonpartisan resource navigates controversial issues
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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ReadWorks Digital
Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Represent Me!
Quick dip into the civic responsibilities of elected officials
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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Rewordify
Text-leveling tool gives every student access to complex readings
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Sid Meier's Civilization V
Legendary strategy game is a hit with history buffs in school and out
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Windows
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The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Stellar history website, gateway to cool PD and scholarship
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Timeline World War 2 with Robert MacNeil
Vast interactive multimedia resource makes history come alive
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Extensive resource collection supports teaching about the Holocaust
GRADES
6 - 12
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n/a
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Zoom In
Top-notch lessons teach historical content, boost analytical skills
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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American Presidents for iPad
Well-rounded, interactive history and presidential textbook
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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American Revolution by KIDS DISCOVER
Interactive textbook includes diverse perspectives on U.S. history
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Asia Society
Asia culture site has wealth of text resources, needs more to do
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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BeeLine Reader
Simple color-gradient tool for increased reading efficiency
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Branches of Power
Power and control levers become clear through lawmaking
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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Britannica Kids: Ancient Rome
Images, maps, and games somewhat overshadowed by heavy text
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Britannica Kids: Aztec Empire
Aztec history gets a bit closer with articles, puzzles, and more
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Civil War by KIDS DISCOVER
Jazzed-up textbook covers America's most divisive war
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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Executive Command
Sim creates light version of being the President of the United States
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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findingDulcinea
Quality search tool with curated resources and links to credible sites
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Geography by KIDS DISCOVER
Interactive textbook teaches kids about the Earth
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Google Treks
Cool tool uses maps to create fun projects, could use some updating
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Immigration Nation
Enjoyable packaging of immigration facts floats on the surface
GRADES
4 - 9
PRICE
Free
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Linux, Mac, Windows
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Kids in the House
Detailed, age-appropriate intro to the U.S. Congress and its history
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Kids.gov
Resource hub mostly links to other websites
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Loot Pursuit: Pompeii
Kids learn about ancient artifacts while brushing up on math skills
GRADES
3 - 6
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Mission US: Think Fast! About the Past
Quiz game covers a bit about the U.S. colonies and slavery
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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National Constitution Center
Expert analysis, timely updates bring founding document to life
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NBC Learn
Video-centric resource good for discussion starters and research
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Power Play
Useful but bite-sized intro to states’ rights vs. federal law
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Reporting the Revolutionary War
Lessons, videos, and historic newspapers help bring history to life
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Responsibility Launcher
Intro to civic responsibility launches knowledgeable, involved citizens
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Smithsonian Channel
Short video clips might pique interest but don't deliver much content
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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The Civil War Today
Daily paper helps kids relive an important period in U.S. history
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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The Story of Stuff Project
Explore the impact of our things and get mobilized to make a difference
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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United States History
Huge, unadorned collection of historical and primary-source docs
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Cast Your Vote
Point-and-click presidential debate goes too quickly
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free
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Linux, Mac, Windows
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Law Craft
Role-playing sim about the legislative process, with missed opportunities
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Roman Town
Roman Empire app is informative but incomplete
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Today in History
Simple reference app lists facts about the past, day by day
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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United States Constitution
Digitized version of historical documents is fine for reference
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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KQED
Informative current events posts get kids reading and reacting
GRADES
9 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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National Geographic Education
Awesome assortment of highly searchable visual content
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOVA
A fascinating look into the history of military technology
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED
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PBS LearningMedia
Stellar self-paced lessons build skills across disciplines
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED
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PBS LearningMedia
Thoughtful collection of multimedia resources helps engage and inform
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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