Common Core Explorer

RST.6-8.1

These apps, games, and websites will help your students cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
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
App
Crack the Books
Interactive biomes textbooks impress; subscribe for premium features
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Lifeliqe
Impressive, interactive 3D models augment classroom learning
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
NOVA Elements
Info-packed science resource great for teaching the elements
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Solar System Explorer
Visit and explore this beautiful, vast handheld planetarium
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
3
Game
Backyard Engineers
Accessible introduction to engineering could use more depth
GRADES
6 - 9
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, 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
Google Treks
Cool tool uses maps to create fun projects, could use some updating
GRADES
4 - 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
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
Website
Science News for Students
Cool STEM articles make for fun, informative reading
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Seymour Simon
Award-winning author's books come to life with online science content
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth
Venerable Civ series returns to space with a mix of old, new mechanics
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
Universal Zoom: All About Sizes and Distances
Snappy tool for measuring, comparing objects from electrons to planets
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
NOVA
A fascinating look into the history of military technology
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
NOVA
Vast video resources explore key STEM concepts
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
PBS LearningMedia
Space videos engage students while PD videos support teachers
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED