Common Core Explorer

RI.7.1

These apps, games, and websites will help your students cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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CommonLit
Feature-rich literacy resource offers superb support for readers
GRADES
3 - 12
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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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StudySync
Superb ELA resource has comprehensive coverage, tons of supports
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
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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
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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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Defined STEM
Stellar collection of STEM resources supports project-based learning
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, 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
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Free
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n/a
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Mayan Mysteries
Captivating archaeology adventure about ancient Mayan culture
GRADES
4 - 9
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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Mission US: For Crown or Colony?
First-person journey through pre-Revolutionary War America
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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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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ProCon.org
Comprehensive, nonpartisan resource navigates controversial issues
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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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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The Learning Network
Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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World of Goo
Stellar physics builder with wiggly, animated goo balls
GRADES
4 - 8
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Paid
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n/a
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Brain Bran
Logic problems and puzzles abound
GRADES
5 - 12
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Paid
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n/a
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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
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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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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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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Inspiration Maps
Versatile mind-mapping tool offers many options for organizing ideas
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, 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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Knowhere
News site aims to remove, expose political bias with mixed success
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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PBS LearningMedia
Treasure trove of lesson resources will benefit from adaptation
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
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Free, 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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PowerNotes
Simple, efficient research tool lacks features for group projects
GRADES
7 - 12
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Free, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Q-files
Enormous illustrated encyclopedia offers kid-friendly history, science
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try
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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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Science News for Students
Cool STEM articles make for fun, informative reading
GRADES
3 - 8
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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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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TimeEdge
Digital news source builds literacy and measures progress
GRADES
7 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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WeKWL
Templates, collaboration options elevate solid graphic-organizer tool
GRADES
1 - 7
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Why Tuesday?
Cool video, good background info introduce key voting rights issues
GRADES
6 - 12
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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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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