Common Core Explorer

RI.6.2

These apps, games, and websites will help your students determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
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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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Newsela
Absorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content
GRADES
2 - 12
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Free, Paid
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n/a
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Accelerated Reader 360
Boundless, flexible tools promote instructional, independent reading
GRADES
3 - 12
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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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Britannica School
More interactive support and instruction than Wikipedia -- for a price
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Curriculet
Elegant, customizable e-reader empowers close reading, boosts skills
GRADES
3 - 12
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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
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Free, Paid
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n/a
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iTooch 6th Grade Health
Comprehensive lessons, quizzes offer solid content and whimsical style
GRADES
6 - 8
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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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Kerpoof
Media-making tools help young kids with digital skills
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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LearnZillion
Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Listenwise
Bring real-world stories from public radio into the classroom
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, 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
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Free, 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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Scratch
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Smithsonian: TweenTribune
Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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ThinkCERCA
Critical-reading program buoyed by high-interest texts, clear structure
GRADES
4 - 12
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Free, Paid
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n/a
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VoiceThread
Easily collaborate and create with voice, video, or image
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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AdLit
A multitude of no-frills literacy support tools for teachers
GRADES
4 - 12
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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C-SPAN Classroom
Video clips, activities take kids inside the White House and Capitol
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Channel One News
Kids' daily news site a solid starting point for nonfiction learning
GRADES
3 - 12
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Free, Paid
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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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DimensionU
ELA and math games alternate between play and practice
GRADES
2 - 10
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Disaster Hero
Fun way to teach FEMA disaster guidelines
GRADES
3 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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EconEdLink
Epic econ and financial info resource could use some jazzing up
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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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
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Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Loot Pursuit: Pompeii
Kids learn about ancient artifacts while brushing up on math skills
GRADES
3 - 6
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Paid
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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
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Mac, Windows
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Q-files
Enormous illustrated encyclopedia offers kid-friendly history, science
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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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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United States Mint: h.i.p. Pocket Change
Dated interface tarnishes otherwise valuable currency-related resource
GRADES
K - 12
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Free
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n/a
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WeKWL
Templates, collaboration options elevate solid graphic-organizer tool
GRADES
1 - 7
PRICE
Free
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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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Today in History
Simple reference app lists facts about the past, day by day
GRADES
4 - 12
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Free, Paid
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n/a
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Flocabulary
“Don’t know much about history” no longer applies with these rhymes
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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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
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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