Common Core Explorer

RST.6-8.2

These apps, games, and websites will help your students determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
App
Bobo Explores Light
Cute robot guides kids through concepts in excellent science app
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Beenpod
Help students surf productively with curated bookmarks, notes
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
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
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
Website
InsertLearning
Useful Chrome extension lets teachers add interactivity to websites
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
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
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
Website
Choosito
Filter expert-curated sites by grade and subject with safe search tool
GRADES
3 - 9
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
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
Disaster Hero
Fun way to teach FEMA disaster guidelines
GRADES
3 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
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
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
National Geographic Education
Variety of multimedia resources support history and science classes
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
4
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