Common Core Explorer

SL.5.1

These apps, games, and websites will help your students engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Website
Code.org
Popular games, big names get kids and teachers pumped to program
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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BrainPOP Featured Movie
Incredibly engaging cartoons on a wide range of topics draw kids in
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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ConversationBuilder
Themed scripts help kids practice successful social exchanges
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
ePals
Kids learn together in well-rounded, collaborative global classroom
GRADES
4 - 7
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Folger Shakespeare Library
Teacher's resource digs deep into the Bard's work
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Harry Potter Reading Club
The fun and fantasy of Harry's world plus literary discussion
GRADES
3 - 7
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Website
My Pop Studio
Slightly dated, still fun app teaches kids media messages
GRADES
5 - 9
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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App
Recap: Video Response and Reflection for Education
Video-reflection app puts new spin on formative assessment
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Website
Smithsonian: TweenTribune
Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Social Quest
Robust and direct social learning tool provides thorough practice
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Social Stories
Quick and simple behavior-reinforcement tool for kids with autism
GRADES
Pre-K - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Website
Ted-Ed
Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short videos
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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WeLearnedIt
Digital portfolio and management tool for project-based classrooms
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
Game
Zoo U
Research-based social game has terrific assessment potential
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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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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Kidspiration
Aging tool uses visual learning to teach ELA and math concepts
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are
Must-read graphic novel teaches relatable tween lessons
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs the Other Kind
Quizzes spark engagement in authentic teen scenes
GRADES
5 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Middle School Confidential 3: What's Up with My Family?
Relatable characters, situations help kids build family relationships
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Quest Atlantis
Jam-packed with proven content but technically finicky
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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NOT YET RATED
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Skype
Live video communication has potential to open lots of doors
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Splashtop Classroom
Collaboration tool lets kids annotate and share from their own devices
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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Stick Pick
Differentiate, engage with assessment app aimed at higher-order skills
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Story Dice
Accessible story-starters spark creativity for all ages
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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Verso
Flip the classroom, gather student feedback with easy-to-use tool
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
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n/a
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Voki Classroom
Fun vocal avatars engage, but learning potential can only go so far
GRADES
4 - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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Play Catan
Digital remake of brilliant board game is tough to learn
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, PS3, Windows, Xbox 360
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Website
Ted-Ed
Video lessons engage, inspire a deeper look into the language arts
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
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