Common Core Explorer

RST.6-8.7

These apps, games, and websites will help your students integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
Game
Algodoo
Sandbox tool enables engaged, conceptual physics inquiry
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
5
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
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
Britannica Kids: Solar System
Blast off to learning with articles, puzzles, games, and more
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
3
Game
Contraption Maker
Solve problems, puzzles, brain teasers while creating wacky machines
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
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
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
Game
Extrasolar
Immersive exoplanet exploration game makes sleuths out of rover drivers
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Focus on Earthquakes
Content-rich resource digs deep into the causes and consequences of earthquakes
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
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
App
Meet Science: Magnetism and Electricity
Super-handy classroom resource has lessons, quizzes, videos, and more
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
MIT App Inventor 2
Fun programming site gets kids to build their own mobile apps
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
Puzzling Plates
Piece together Earth's plates with fun science activities
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
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
Website
Smithsonian Quests
Research Smithsonian-style subjects online, get cool digital badges
GRADES
4 - 10
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
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
Website
Achieve3000: eScience3000
Blended program with great texts could offer more conceptual learning
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
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
Game
Lifeboat to Mars
Ecosystem sim still educational, but has seen better days
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Mindomo
Visualize thoughts, make mind maps with simple site for complex ideas
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Molecular Expressions
Basic site has school resources, stellar library of microscopic images
GRADES
4 - 12
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
NASA: Solar System Exploration
Highly visual, interactive site could overwhelm with so many resources
GRADES
5 - 12
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
Nutrition Data
Database includes info for 8,000 foods, fast foods, and brand names
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
OneZoom Tree of Life
Online tree of life intrigues with zoom, could use more instruction
GRADES
9 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
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
App
QuakeFeed Earthquake Map, Alerts and News
Track earthquakes across the globe with real-time technology and layered maps
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
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
Redshift - Astronomy
Virtual planetarium is a solid companion for classroom instruction
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Science360 for iPad
Amazing images, videos, and fact-packed text on many science topics
GRADES
2 - 10
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
Solar Walk - 3D Solar System model
Virtual 3D model uses interactive features to engage and instruct
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Star Chart
Powerful pocket-sized map of the universe delights
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
The Fluid Ether
Engaging physics game has learning potential but requires context
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks
Fun coding puzzler for the basics, less robust than companion website
GRADES
3 - 7
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
5
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
Whack A Bone
Fun and quirky pirate-themed games teach students about bones
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Wolfram Alpha
Calculations, computations, algorithms give kids just the facts, ma'am
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Bones
So-so study tool teaches bare bone basics
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
1
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
App
KineScript: Visual Programming
Drag-and-drop coding environment is too complex, lacks support
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Legends of Learning
Large collection of simple games is mostly quantity over quality
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Game
Oncology
Outdated cancer treatment game is narrow in focus and light on context
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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
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