Common Core Explorer

RST.6-8.9

These apps, games, and websites will help your students compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.
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
TEACHER RATING
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
TEACHER RATING
Game
Contraption Maker
Solve problems, puzzles, brain teasers while creating wacky machines
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
Frog Dissection
Amazingly detailed virtual lab means a clean, frog-friendly dissection
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
Website
PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
App
Pines to Vines - The Forest Biome
Amazing digital science textbook for a range of abilities
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
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
TEACHER RATING
App
Solar System Explorer
Visit and explore this beautiful, vast handheld planetarium
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
Website
Achieve3000: eScience3000
Blended program with great texts could offer more conceptual learning
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
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
TEACHER RATING
Game
Garry's Mod
Complex physics sandbox is daunting but rich
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
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
TEACHER RATING
Website
NASA's Space Place
Stellar smorgasbord of space and technology materials
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
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
TEACHER RATING
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
TEACHER RATING
Game
Quest Atlantis
Jam-packed with proven content but technically finicky
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
TEACHER RATING
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
TEACHER RATING
App
Star Chart
Powerful pocket-sized map of the universe delights
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
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
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Venn Diagram
Create classic Venn diagrams with up to three circles
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
Website
Kids Ruby
Learn-to-code application with so-so instruction
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
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
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
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Science Monster
Accessible content has limited interactivity and lacks depth
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
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
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