Common Core Explorer

SL.5.1c

These apps, games, and websites will help your students pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.
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
BrainPOP Featured Movie
Incredibly engaging cartoons on a wide range of topics draw kids in
GRADES
2 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
ConversationBuilder
Themed scripts help kids practice successful social exchanges
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
Folger Shakespeare Library
Teacher's resource digs deep into the Bard's work
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Harry Potter Reading Club
The fun and fantasy of Harry's world plus literary discussion
GRADES
3 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Smithsonian: TweenTribune
Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
Social Quest
Robust and direct social learning tool provides thorough practice
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Game
Zoo U
Research-based social game has terrific assessment potential
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
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
Game
Kidspiration
Aging tool uses visual learning to teach ELA and math concepts
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
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
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
App
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
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
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
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
Website
Voki Classroom
Fun vocal avatars engage, but learning potential can only go so far
GRADES
4 - 6
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
StudySync
Great selection of texts, prompts engage kids at a range of levels
GRADES
4 - 5
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
TEACHER RATING
4