Common Core Explorer

W.2.1

These apps, games, and websites will help your students write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g., because, and, also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.
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BrainPOP Jr.
Top-notch educational videos a boon for elementary school teachers
GRADES
K - 3
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Paid
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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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Biblionasium
Site for reviewing and sharing books makes reading a social adventure
GRADES
2 - 6
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
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n/a
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Maggie's Earth Adventures
Follow eco-conscious Maggie on engaging, multidisciplinary journey
GRADES
2 - 5
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Scratch
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Write About This
Fun pictures and prompts are great for getting kids to start writing
GRADES
Pre-K - 5
PRICE
Paid
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n/a
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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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NBC Learn
Video-centric resource good for discussion starters and research
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Treasure trove of lesson resources will benefit from adaptation
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
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Free, Paid
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n/a
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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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Underlined
Major publisher's writing platform has some potential
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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PBS KIDS Lab
Math and language activity guide helps organize and group content
GRADES
Pre-K - 2
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED
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StudySync
Critical analysis intro a great resource; use care when choosing texts
GRADES
2 - 3
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED