Common Core Explorer

RI.7.6

These apps, games, and websites will help your students determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
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
Subtext
Collaborative, customizable digital reader for all subject areas
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
5
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
Front Row
Zero in on Common Core math and ELA with personalized practice and assessments
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
Genius
Collaborative tool lets kids annotate songs, literature, news
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
LearnZillion
Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
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
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
Poets.org
Vast array of poets and poems; on the serious side
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
ProCon.org
Comprehensive, nonpartisan resource navigates controversial issues
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
The Learning Network
Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
Website
CliffsNotes
A decent support for understanding reading, but not a replacement
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Game
Code Fred: Survival Mode
Fight or flight biology charmingly explored from the inside out
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
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
Website
Curating Change
Inspiring showcase of women from all over the world
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
DimensionU
ELA and math games alternate between play and practice
GRADES
2 - 10
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Engineer Girl
Female engineers give girls career advice on this visually appealing site
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Google News
Breaking stories, customizable home page take students inside the news
GRADES
6 - 12
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
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
Game
Power Play
Useful but bite-sized intro to states’ rights vs. federal law
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
2
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
Website
Simple English Wikipedia
Adapted resource can help some ELLs, with potential for other students
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Smore
Create online flyers, learn a little about marketing with design tool
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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
TimeEdge
Digital news source builds literacy and measures progress
GRADES
7 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Field Day: Project-Based Learning Think & Do Tool
Well-intentioned PBL tool shows promise, needs consistency, support
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
LearnZillion
Worthwhile, yet somewhat limited support for Common Core ELA skills
GRADES
7 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
4