Common Core Explorer

RI.5.10

These apps, games, and websites will help your students by the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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
NOT YET RATED
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
App
Subtext
Collaborative, customizable digital reader for all subject areas
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
Accelerated Reader 360
Boundless, flexible tools promote instructional, independent reading
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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
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
App
Classify It!
Cool tool teaches kids to observe, identify, classify living things
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
i-Ready
Solid adaptive instruction in reading and math, with data at the ready
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
LearnZillion
Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Maps101
Maps and more in this vast history, geography, and civics resource
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Meet Science: Light and Sound
Stellar lessons, games, and experiments boost sound learning tool
GRADES
3 - 5
PRICE
Paid
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
Monster Heart Medic
Brilliant medical sim engages kids, promotes heart-healthy lifestyle
GRADES
3 - 6
PRICE
Free
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
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
PenPal Schools
Collaborative lessons connect students across the globe
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
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
An ELA teacher's one-stop shop for reading-comprehension resources
GRADES
K - 8
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
Website
Rewordify
Text-leveling tool gives every student access to complex readings
GRADES
3 - 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
Website
Smithsonian Learning Lab
Discover, create, remix, and share Smithsonian resources
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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
Brain Bran
Logic problems and puzzles abound
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
DIY Human Body
Inspire curiosity with hands-on learning and engaging video lessons
GRADES
3 - 5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
DOGO News
Kid-friendly news source helps students read all about it
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Earth Primer
Earth comes alive with interactive textbook; some content lacks depth
GRADES
3 - 6
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Grade 6 Vocab Audios and Pics
Quirky cartoons, great audio features bring fun to vocab study
GRADES
5 - 7
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
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
KidsPost
Kid-centric news site could use more comprehensive, timely content
GRADES
2 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Knewton
Adaptive instructional site simplifies lessons, tracks progress
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
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
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
Website
Qlovi
Virtual library, lesson platform could be more reader friendly
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
Website
Scholastic Kids Press Corps
Captivate classes with real journalism for kids, by kids
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
The Kid Should See This
Kid-friendly STEM-focused videos spark interest, encourage learning
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
The Sandbox
Kids build subject-area knowledge as they create their own worlds
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
2
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
Website
TIME for Kids
Kid-friendly news/info resource can help boost brain power
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
Wondermind
Interactive games and videos make lessons on brain science fun
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Wonderopolis
Daily source of fascinating facts a solid lesson intro or supplement
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Useful info buried by dull site design and way too much text
GRADES
3 - 5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
Cast Your Vote
Point-and-click presidential debate goes too quickly
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Flocabulary
These timely rhymes help jazz up your current-events lessons
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
LearnZillion
Quality videos and lesson plans support both students and teachers
GRADES
5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED