Common Core Explorer

RI.2.10

These apps, games, and websites will help your students by the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 2–3 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
App
Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids
Free, expansive digital library unlocks treasure trove of books
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free, Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
5
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
App
Blades - The Grassland Biome
Comprehensive textbook app features great design, interactive features
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Curriculet
Elegant, customizable e-reader empowers close reading, boosts skills
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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
Website
LeVar Burton Kids Skybrary School
Thorough lesson plans help teachers utilize an amazing digital library
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Meet the Insects: Forest Edition
Gorgeous digital resource inspires budding entomologists to explore
GRADES
1 - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Meet the Insects: Village Edition
Fantastic backyard guide for budding naturalists
GRADES
1 - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Meet the Insects: Water & Grass Edition
Gorgeous graphics, fun animations, fascinating videos make bugs fun
GRADES
1 - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
News-2-You
Draw kids into weekly news with powerful symbols and voice narration
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
News-O-Matic for School, 2016-17 Nonfiction Reading
Flexible, interactive daily stories for elementary school students
GRADES
2 - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
PebbleGo
Easily accessible, kid-friendly database for the littlest researchers
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Pines to Vines - The Forest Biome
Amazing digital science textbook for a range of abilities
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
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
Website
Scratch
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Seashores to Sea Floors - The Ocean Biome
Interactive digital textbook dives deep into the world of oceans
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Solar System Explorer
Visit and explore this beautiful, vast handheld planetarium
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Star Walk Kids - Astronomy for Children
Virtually step into the night sky with this stellar space resource
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
This is my body - Anatomy for kids
Age-appropriate content and graphics = fun, effective K-5 resource
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
America's Story from America's Library
Kid-friendly tidbits of history are fun; site feels dated
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
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
Dino Tales
Dino world rich with fun and learning somewhat tricky to navigate
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Here There Everywhere
Optimistic kids' news source gently delivers current events with warmth
GRADES
2 - 4
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Ice Is Nice!: All About the North and South Poles
Interactive book makes scaffolding easy for many levels of readers
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
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
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
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
Website
ReadTheory
Useful, adaptive tool for assessing, tracking reading ability
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
The Strange & Wonderful World of Ants
Interesting look at ants with message of cooperation over competition
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
App
iStoryBooks
No-frills e-library lacks high-quality literature
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
PBS KIDS Lab
Math and language activity guide helps organize and group content
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED