Common Core Explorer

RST.6-8.5

These apps, games, and websites will help your students analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to an understanding of the topic.
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BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Cell and Cell Structure
Visually stunning tool great for supplementing lessons about cells
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Crack the Books
Interactive biomes textbooks impress; subscribe for premium features
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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DK The Human Body App
Terrific reference tool with impressive illustrations, supporting text
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Focus on Earthquakes
Content-rich resource digs deep into the causes and consequences of earthquakes
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Solar System Explorer
Visit and explore this beautiful, vast handheld planetarium
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Achieve3000: eScience3000
Blended program with great texts could offer more conceptual learning
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Engineer Girl
Female engineers give girls career advice on this visually appealing site
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Hackety Hack
Download with decent intro to coding basics that kids can test
GRADES
7 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NBC Learn
Video-centric resource good for discussion starters and research
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Seymour Simon
Award-winning author's books come to life with online science content
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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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
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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
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NOT YET RATED
Website
Kids Ruby
Learn-to-code application with so-so instruction
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOVA
A fascinating look into the history of military technology
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED
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NOVA
Vast video resources explore key STEM concepts
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED