Common Core Explorer

SL.7.1c

These apps, games, and websites will help your students pose questions that elicit elaboration and respond to others’ questions and comments with relevant observations and ideas that bring the discussion back on topic as needed.
Website
Roadtrip Nation
Outstanding site motivates kids to follow dreams, work hard
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Paid
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
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
Website
Chalkup
Elegant LMS tool keeps classroom conversation, collaboration going
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Game
Community PlanIt
Custom-designed civic engagement game helps kids make local impact
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
1
Website
Flipgrid
Pose questions, spark thoughtful video responses with stellar tool
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
Google Hangouts
Communication, learning, and fun converge nicely in Google's slick platform
GRADES
6 - 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
Listenwise
Bring real-world stories from public radio into the classroom
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
The Learning Network
Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
Cosmeo
Info-rich site could use detailed performance tracking tools
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Engineer Girl
Female engineers give girls career advice on this visually appealing site
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Google Groups
Basic forums can encourage online discussion and collaboration
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Level Up!
High-level lesson plans aspire to turn classrooms into game studios
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
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