Common Core Explorer

RI.4.4

These apps, games, and websites will help your students determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
App
Subtext
Collaborative, customizable digital reader for all subject areas
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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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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Curriculet
Elegant, customizable e-reader empowers close reading, boosts skills
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Game
Mayan Mysteries
Captivating archaeology adventure about ancient Mayan culture
GRADES
4 - 9
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
ReadWorks Digital
Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Scratch
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Smithsonian: TweenTribune
Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Solar System Explorer
Visit and explore this beautiful, vast handheld planetarium
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
World's Worst Pet - Vocabulary
Hip games help kids learn words they'll actually use
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Awesome Stories
Explore dynamic, media-rich stories, bring news and history to life
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Here There Everywhere
Optimistic kids' news source gently delivers current events with warmth
GRADES
2 - 4
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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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
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Kids U.S. Atlas - Educational Games, Fun Activities and Challenging Puzzle & Quiz to Discover and Learn the Geography of the United States
Cool info, good audio, so-so quizzes take kids inside U.S. geography
GRADES
3 - 5
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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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
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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
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Website
NASA's Space Place
Stellar smorgasbord of space and technology materials
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
NBC Learn
Video-centric resource good for discussion starters and research
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Plants by Tinybop
Kids control time, climate, wildlife in highly interactive app
GRADES
1 - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Q-files
Enormous illustrated encyclopedia offers kid-friendly history, science
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
Qlovi
Virtual library, lesson platform could be more reader friendly
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
PLATFORM
n/a
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Reading A-Z
Leveled texts with extensive teaching supports
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
ReadTheory
Useful, adaptive tool for assessing, tracking reading ability
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Website
Science News for Students
Cool STEM articles make for fun, informative reading
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Field Day: Project-Based Learning Think & Do Tool
Well-intentioned PBL tool shows promise, needs consistency, support
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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App
Science Heroes: Digestive System for Kids
Fun introduction to the digestive system, but games may distract
GRADES
3 - 6
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
LearnZillion
Video lessons, lesson plans serve as exemplars for quality instruction
GRADES
4
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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