Common Core Explorer

W.1.1

These apps, games, and websites will help your students write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
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
Website
Front Row
Zero in on Common Core math and ELA with personalized practice and assessments
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Kid in Story Book Maker
Easy-to-make personalized stories can help boost social skills
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
Scratch
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
5
App
Write About This
Fun pictures and prompts are great for getting kids to start writing
GRADES
Pre-K - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
App
WriteReader Classroom
Versatile, easy-to-use book maker for beginner writers
GRADES
Pre-K - 1
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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
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
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
BrainPOP Jr.
Videos and more explore the written word, from basic to complex
GRADES
K - 3
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
5
Website
PBS KIDS Lab
Math and language activity guide helps organize and group content
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED