Common Core Explorer

RL.5.4

These apps, games, and websites will help your students determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
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
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
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
Folger Shakespeare Library
Teacher's resource digs deep into the Bard's work
GRADES
4 - 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
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
App
War Horse Featuring Michael Morpurgo
Exceptional interactive features bring historical fiction to life
GRADES
3 - 6
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Game
World of Goo
Fun puzzler about building structures with unique materials
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Wii, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
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
Google Dictionary
Get Web content definitions, pronunciations with not-so-fancy add-on
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
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
Game
Kidspiration
Aging tool uses visual learning to teach ELA and math concepts
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
App
Word Runners - Touch Press Games
Clever combo of vocab and puzzle solving is a tad limited
GRADES
4 - 5
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Zing!
Rich source of content and lots of lesson ideas and support for teachers
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
LearnZillion
Quality videos and lesson plans support both students and teachers
GRADES
5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
StudySync
Great selection of texts, prompts engage kids at a range of levels
GRADES
4 - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED