Common Core Explorer

RI.6.10

These apps, games, and websites will help your students by the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
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CommonLit
Feature-rich literacy resource offers superb support for readers
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Epic! - Unlimited Books for Kids
Free, expansive digital library unlocks treasure trove of books
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free, Free to Try
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n/a
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StudySync
Superb ELA resource spurs critical thinking with dynamic multimedia
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Subtext
Collaborative, customizable digital reader for all subject areas
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Accelerated Reader 360
Boundless, flexible tools promote instructional, independent reading
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Curriculet
Elegant, customizable e-reader empowers close reading, boosts skills
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Digital Is
Engaging space for tech-forward instruction, teacher collaboration
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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FluencyFinder
Tool lets teachers save time, track data while testing reading fluency
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Front Row
Zero in on Common Core math and ELA with personalized practice and assessments
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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iTooch 6th Grade Language Arts
Quality lessons, challenging quizzes help kids learn core concepts
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Maps101
Maps and more in this vast history, geography, and civics resource
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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Monster Heart Medic
Brilliant medical sim engages kids, promotes heart-healthy lifestyle
GRADES
3 - 6
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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News-2-You
Draw kids into weekly news with powerful symbols and voice narration
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Pines to Vines - The Forest Biome
Amazing digital science textbook for a range of abilities
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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ReadWorks Digital
Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Rewordify
Text-leveling tool gives every student access to complex readings
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Scratch
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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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
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Smithsonian Learning Lab
Discover, create, remix, and share Smithsonian resources
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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This I Believe
Long-running radio show, curriculum help students explore core values
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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America's Story from America's Library
Kid-friendly tidbits of history are fun; site feels dated
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Brain Bran
Logic problems and puzzles abound
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Choosito
Filter expert-curated sites by grade and subject with safe search tool
GRADES
3 - 9
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Code Fred: Survival Mode
Fight or flight biology charmingly explored from the inside out
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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Windows
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Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Cosmeo
Info-rich site could use detailed performance tracking tools
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Excavate!: Rome
Clever archaeology sim uses object-based inquiry, but gets repetitive
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Grade 6 Vocab Audios and Pics
Quirky cartoons, great audio features bring fun to vocab study
GRADES
5 - 7
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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JogNog
Full access to extensive library of standards-aligned quizzes can get pricey
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Kids in the House
Detailed, age-appropriate intro to the U.S. Congress and its history
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Kids.gov
Resource hub mostly links to other websites
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Knewton
Adaptive instructional site simplifies lessons, tracks progress
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Loot Pursuit: Pompeii
Kids learn about ancient artifacts while brushing up on math skills
GRADES
3 - 6
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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National Parks by National Geographic
From Acadia to Zion, text-heavy app highlights America's best parks
GRADES
4 - 7
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NBC Learn
Video-centric resource good for discussion starters and research
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Power Play
Useful but bite-sized intro to states’ rights vs. federal law
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Qlovi
Virtual library, lesson platform could be more reader friendly
GRADES
4 - 8
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n/a
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Reading A-Z
Leveled texts with extensive teaching supports
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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ReadTheory
Useful, adaptive tool for assessing, tracking reading ability
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Scholastic Kids Press Corps
Captivate classes with real journalism for kids, by kids
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Simple English Wikipedia
Adapted resource can help some ELLs, with potential for other students
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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The Sandbox
Kids build subject-area knowledge as they create their own worlds
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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The Strange & Wonderful World of Ants
Interesting look at ants with message of cooperation over competition
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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TIME for Kids
Kid-friendly news/info resource can help boost brain power
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Word Raider: Quest
Good variety of vocab study but lacks inventive game design
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Xyza: News for Kids
Subscription-based, kid-friendly news site keeps kids up-to-date
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Alchemy ~ Genetics
Crossing animals endlessly too much of a one-trick pony
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Field Day: Project-Based Learning Think & Do Tool
Well-intentioned PBL tool shows promise, needs consistency, support
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Flocabulary
These timely rhymes help jazz up your current-events lessons
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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LearnZillion
Worthwhile, yet somewhat limited support for Common Core ELA skills
GRADES
7 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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StudySync
Fab resource for differentiated texts, both contemporary and classic
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED