Common Core Explorer

RI.5.7

These apps, games, and websites will help your students draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
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
Website
Newsela
Absorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
4
App
9/11 Museum Audio Guide
Thoughtful, expansive tours personalize sobering museum experience
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
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
Website
BrainPOP
Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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
Hackasaurus
Puts the hacking power in your hands as you unlock, remix, recode
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
3
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
Website
MindMeister
Powerful mind mapper aimed at adults, simple enough for older kids
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Museum Box
Curate a bit of history in a box with this unique creation site
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
My Pop Studio
Slightly dated, still fun app teaches kids media messages
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
3
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
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
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
Website
Ted-Ed
Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short videos
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
The Pyramids
Tap into students' inner archaeologists as they discover Ancient Egypt
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
U.S. Geography by MindSnacks
Absorb facts with these challenging U.S. geography and states games
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
VoiceThread
Easily collaborate and create with voice, video, or image
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Admongo
Media-literacy site has strong material, weak gameplay
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
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
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
Discovery VR
Immersive videos let students enter the magical world of VR
GRADES
3 - 10
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
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
Website
instaGrok
Research anything with customizable mind mapper
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Journey Into the Deep
Multimedia journey into the ocean depths with text, images, and video
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
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
Listhings
Sweet and simple note sharing could use a dash of spice
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
Meograph
Turn a series of moments into a layered multimedia experience
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
National Parks by National Geographic
From Acadia to Zion, text-heavy app highlights America's best parks
GRADES
4 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
1
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
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
Website
United States Mint: h.i.p. Pocket Change
Dated interface tarnishes otherwise valuable currency-related resource
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
WeVideo
Solid editing site makes video creation simple and social
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
App
Today in History
Simple reference app lists facts about the past, day by day
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
2
Website
BrainPOP
Fun videos help teach most anything, from Poe to prepositional phrases
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
BrainPOP Jr.
Charming civics videos, high-energy history, and more pump up the fun
GRADES
Pre-K - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
5