Common Core Explorer

RH.6-8.3

These apps, games, and websites will help your students identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).
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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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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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CK-12
Super STEM resource with highly accessible content
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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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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Court Quest
Point-and-click adventure dresses up an often dull subject
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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Mac, Windows
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Global Conflicts
Role play, global conversations make social studies personal
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Maps101
Maps and more in this vast history, geography, and civics resource
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
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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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National WWII Museum
High-quality resources and activities offer an in-depth study
GRADES
7 - 12
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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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Sutori
A slick way to share knowledge via interactive timelines and stories
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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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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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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Activate
Snapshot of community organizing a good intro with so-so mini-games
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Alabama Civil Rights Trail
Thorough but dry resource helps put historic events in context
GRADES
4 - 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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Awesome Stories
Explore dynamic, media-rich stories, bring news and history to life
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Branches of Power
Power and control levers become clear through lawmaking
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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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
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Linux, Mac, Windows
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Ford's Theatre
Online museum offers exhibits, resources on Abraham Lincoln, Civil War
GRADES
5 - 12
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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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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My World Heritage Passport
Explore the globe; plan real or virtual trips to important locations
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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Quist - Today in LGBTQ History
Explore LGBTQ history, access great learning and teaching resources
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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
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Linux, Mac, Windows
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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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The World Factbook for iPad
Explore a wealth of dry global statistics, but expect no thrills
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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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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C-SPAN Classroom
Watch videos from every candidate, get perspectives in their own words
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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National Geographic Education
Variety of multimedia resources support history and science classes
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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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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Youth Leadership Initiative
Flexible, detailed activities make law-making come to life
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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