Common Core Explorer

RST.6-8.3

These apps, games, and websites will help your students follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
Website
Appinventor.org
Great mobile app creation site has solid teacher resources
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
Roman Town
Puzzles and mini-games make Roman history come alive
GRADES
6 - 7
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Animoto Video Slideshow Maker
Slick video slide-show tool lets kids tell stories and share them
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
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
Game
Crazy Plant Shop
Shop sim makes Punnett squares playful
GRADES
4 - 10
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
DIY Sun Science
Exciting astronomy resource brightens learning in the classroom
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Fotobabble
Talking photo-maker a powerful storytelling tool; not so private
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Frog Dissection
Amazingly detailed virtual lab means a clean, frog-friendly dissection
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
iBiome -- Wetland
Smartly designed environmental sim great for learning about ecosystems
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Instructables
Slick DIY app with projects that have classroom potential
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Instructables
Endless collection of DIY projects; good for sharing and inspiration
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Monster Physics
Awesome puzzler lets kids build, test, modify, and retest
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
Motion Force
Thrilling projectile puzzle game features solid physics principles
GRADES
5 - 10
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Numbers
Organize and analyze data with gorgeous, customized spreadsheets
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Game
PLEx: Life Science Suite
Brilliant life science games (with curriculum) captivate and challenge
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game
Apply principles of force and motion to build fun, wacky machines
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
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
App
Sound Uncovered
Interactive science tool teaches with virtual experiments, exploration
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Game
Stencyl
Code-free game development tool helps kids program and publish
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Weebly
Impressively easy-to-use website-creation tool
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free, 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
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
Exploratorium
Science experiments and activities abound in this comprehensive resource
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
Game
Fossil Forensics
Appealing science game has strong concept, leans on external context
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Hackety Hack
Download with decent intro to coding basics that kids can test
GRADES
7 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Make: Online
Fuel creative makers with project ideas, reviews, and community
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Mr D's Science Club
TEKS-aligned hands-on experiments require teacher prep, follow-up
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
NASA's Space Place
Stellar smorgasbord of space and technology materials
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
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
App
Osmos
Fun, challenging physics-based game focuses on concepts, not content
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
Patterns
Well-rendered 3D geometric world needs purpose to reach its potential
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Game
Quest Atlantis
Jam-packed with proven content but technically finicky
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Rat Dissection
Virtual lab helps students learn about rat anatomy in cool 3D
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Rough Science
Great videos, but activities lack interactivity and depth
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
2
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
App
SimpleRockets
A few tweaks could rocket space sim from merely good to simply stellar
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
The Sandbox EDU
Cool open creation platform could use more content focus
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
App
Apparatus
Without conceptual background, this physics puzzler could frustrate
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
2
App
Bridge Constructor FREE
Fun challenge for budding engineers; potentially frustrating for others
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
2
App
Curiosity School - Stem Series
Seven cool science experiments, but limited content and interactivity
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Kids Ruby
Learn-to-code application with so-so instruction
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
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