Common Core Explorer

RI.6.8

These apps, games, and websites will help your students trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
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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
PRICE
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
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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After the Storm
Engaging ELA game makes you the editor of your local newspaper
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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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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My Pop Studio
Slightly dated, still fun app teaches kids media messages
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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New York Times App
Easy access to news, but most content is available only to subscribers
GRADES
9 - 12
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NowComment
Rich collaboration and discussion site engages students and teachers
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NYPL Biblion: World's Fair
Dive deep into treasures from the 1940 World’s Fair
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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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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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 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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ThinkCERCA
Critical-reading program buoyed by high-interest texts, clear structure
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Admongo
Media-literacy site has strong material, weak gameplay
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Awesome Stories
Explore dynamic, media-rich stories, bring news and history to life
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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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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Code Fred: Survival Mode
Fight or flight biology charmingly explored from the inside out
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
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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findingDulcinea
Quality search tool with curated resources and links to credible sites
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Google News
Breaking stories, customizable home page take students inside the news
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
PRICE
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
PRICE
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
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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Scrible
Browser extension helpful for annotation and research organization
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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SweetSearch
Search engine with filtered results leaves room for critical thinking
GRADES
6 - 10
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
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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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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NOT YET RATED
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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
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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C-SPAN Classroom
High-impact activities get students reading, writing, debating
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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