Common Core Explorer

RST.6-8.8

These apps, games, and websites will help your students distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.
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
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
Mars Gen One: Argubot Academy
Hone powerful persuasive skills on a red-planet adventure
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
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
findingDulcinea
Quality search tool with curated resources and links to credible sites
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Game
MedMyst: Animal Alert!
Science investigation simulation game puts students in the field
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Game
MedMyst: Disease Defenders
Scientific method simulation game puts students in scientists' shoes
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
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
Website
SweetSearch
Search engine with filtered results leaves room for critical thinking
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
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
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
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