Common Core Explorer

RI.7.7

These apps, games, and websites will help your students compare and contrast a text to an audio, video, or multimedia version of the text, analyzing each medium’s portrayal of the subject (e.g., how the delivery of a speech affects the impact of the words).
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
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
BrainPOP
Clever animated hosts Tim and Moby masterfully tackle complex topics
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Britannica School
More interactive support and instruction than Wikipedia -- for a price
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Curriculet
Elegant, customizable e-reader empowers close reading, boosts skills
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
Hackasaurus
Puts the hacking power in your hands as you unlock, remix, recode
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
3
App
iTooch 6th Grade Health
Comprehensive lessons, quizzes offer solid content and whimsical style
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Little Bird Tales
Easy-to-create digital storybooks empowering, even for younger kids
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
MindMeister
Powerful mind mapper aimed at adults, simple enough for older kids
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Museum Box
Curate a bit of history in a box with this unique creation site
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
My Pop Studio
Slightly dated, still fun app teaches kids media messages
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
3
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
App
News360
Customizable reader has top-notch features, but beware of iffy content
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
NYPL Biblion: World's Fair
Dive deep into treasures from the 1940 World’s Fair
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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
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
Game
SimCity
Exciting city simulator great for online play
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
Smithsonian Learning Lab
Discover, create, remix, and share Smithsonian resources
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Ted-Ed
Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short videos
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
VoiceThread
Easily collaborate and create with voice, video, or image
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
8notes.com
Solid mix of free and paid music ed resources, plus sheet music
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Admongo
Media-literacy site has strong material, weak gameplay
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
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
C-SPAN Classroom
Video clips, activities take kids inside the White House and Capitol
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Channel One News
Kids' daily news site a solid starting point for nonfiction learning
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
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
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
App
Discovery VR
Immersive videos let students enter the magical world of VR
GRADES
3 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
findingDulcinea
Quality search tool with curated resources and links to credible sites
GRADES
6 - 10
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
InnerBody
Macro and micro anatomy lessons need updated multimedia
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Inspiration Maps
Versatile mind-mapping tool offers many options for organizing ideas
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
instaGrok
Research anything with customizable mind mapper
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Learnist
Locate, curate, and share multimedia content on tidy little boards
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Listhings
Sweet and simple note sharing could use a dash of spice
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Meograph
Turn a series of moments into a layered multimedia experience
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
SweetSearch
Search engine with filtered results leaves room for critical thinking
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
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
Website
United States Mint: h.i.p. Pocket Change
Dated interface tarnishes otherwise valuable currency-related resource
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
WeVideo
Solid editing site makes video creation simple and social
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Why Tuesday?
Cool video, good background info introduce key voting rights issues
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
Game
Lord of the Flies Game
Review of classic novel's themes and characters doesn't grab interest
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Today in History
Simple reference app lists facts about the past, day by day
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
2
Website
vozMe
Way too simple text-to-audio tool suffers from lack of content, supports
GRADES
5 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
C-SPAN Classroom
High-impact activities get students reading, writing, debating
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
National Geographic Education
Stellar encyclopedic resource covers topics on E arth and its people
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED