Common Core Explorer

RH.6-8.4

These apps, games, and websites will help your students determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Website
CommonLit
Feature-rich literacy resource offers superb support for readers
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
Facing History and Ourselves
A wealth of resources explore racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
iCivics
Exceptionally well-designed games, lesson plans demystify government
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
5
Game
Roman Town
Puzzles and mini-games make Roman history come alive
GRADES
6 - 7
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Game
Argument Wars
Courtroom sim covers ethics, the Constitution, and the art of argument
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
Game
Community PlanIt
Custom-designed civic engagement game helps kids make local impact
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
1
Game
Do I Have A Right?
Law sim lets players practice pairing rights with amendments
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Front Row
Zero in on Common Core math and ELA with personalized practice and assessments
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
Game
Mayan Mysteries
Captivating archaeology adventure about ancient Mayan culture
GRADES
4 - 9
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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
Website
ProCon.org
Comprehensive, nonpartisan resource navigates controversial issues
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
ReadWorks Digital
Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
Game
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
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Street Law
Excellent info, activities get kids engaged in SCOTUS's work, impact
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Stellar history website, gateway to cool PD and scholarship
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Extensive resource collection supports teaching about the Holocaust
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
War Horse Featuring Michael Morpurgo
Exceptional interactive features bring historical fiction to life
GRADES
3 - 6
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
World's Worst Pet - Vocabulary
Hip games help kids learn words they'll actually use
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
Zoom In
Top-notch lessons teach historical content, boost analytical skills
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Alabama Civil Rights Trail
Thorough but dry resource helps put historic events in context
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
American Revolution by KIDS DISCOVER
Interactive textbook includes diverse perspectives on U.S. history
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Asia Society
Asia culture site has wealth of text resources, needs more to do
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Awesome Stories
Explore dynamic, media-rich stories, bring news and history to life
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
BBC History
Multimedia resources address fascinating historical questions
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
Branches of Power
Power and control levers become clear through lawmaking
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Britannica Kids: Ancient Rome
Images, maps, and games somewhat overshadowed by heavy text
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Britannica Kids: Aztec Empire
Aztec history gets a bit closer with articles, puzzles, and more
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Civil War by KIDS DISCOVER
Jazzed-up textbook covers America's most divisive war
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
Constitution by KIDS DISCOVER
Colorful textbook guides students through supreme law of the land
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
2
App
Dictionary - Merriam-Webster
No-frills reference isn't highly engaging but gets the job done
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Dictionary.com
Useful reference tool with voice recognition and daily updates
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
Executive Command
Sim creates light version of being the President of the United States
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Ford's Theatre
Online museum offers exhibits, resources on Abraham Lincoln, Civil War
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Geography by KIDS DISCOVER
Interactive textbook teaches kids about the Earth
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Gettysburg HD
Images, maps, and guided tour bring the battlefield to life
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Google Treks
Cool tool uses maps to create fun projects, could use some updating
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
Immigration Nation
Enjoyable packaging of immigration facts floats on the surface
GRADES
4 - 9
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Kids in the House
Detailed, age-appropriate intro to the U.S. Congress and its history
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Loot Pursuit: Pompeii
Kids learn about ancient artifacts while brushing up on math skills
GRADES
3 - 6
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Maya Quiz: the best family-friendly history trivia game for kids and adults!
Absorbing quizzes demand thorough knowledge of Mayan life
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Mission US: Think Fast! About the Past
Quiz game covers a bit about the U.S. colonies and slavery
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
My World Heritage Passport
Explore the globe; plan real or virtual trips to important locations
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
National Constitution Center
Expert analysis, timely updates bring founding document to life
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
NBC Learn
Video-centric resource good for discussion starters and research
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
Game
Power Play
Useful but bite-sized intro to states’ rights vs. federal law
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
2
App
Quist - Today in LGBTQ History
Explore LGBTQ history, access great learning and teaching resources
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Reporting the Revolutionary War
Lessons, videos, and historic newspapers help bring history to life
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
Responsibility Launcher
Intro to civic responsibility launches knowledgeable, involved citizens
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Countries of the World
Detailed reference and quiz tool for global statistics
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
3
Game
Law Craft
Role-playing sim about the legislative process, with missed opportunities
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Roman Town
Roman Empire app is informative but incomplete
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
C-SPAN Classroom
Watch videos from every candidate, get perspectives in their own words
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
NOVA
A fascinating look into the history of military technology
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
PBS LearningMedia
Thoughtful collection of multimedia resources helps engage and inform
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Street Law
Great reference spot for 17 key SCOTUS cases
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Youth Leadership Initiative
Flexible, detailed activities make law-making come to life
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED