Common Core Explorer

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These apps, games, and websites will help your students use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
Website
NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program
Wildly engaging contest turns students into novelists in 30 days
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
5
TEACHER RATING
5
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
Game
Elegy for a Dead World
Compelling sci-fi world imagined -- and written -- by its players
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Make Beliefs Comix
Comic creation tool stresses self-expression and upbeat messages
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Monster Exchange
Draw, get descriptive with fun, kooky monster-based writing project
GRADES
2 - 6
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
Website
Comic Life
Creative tool for visual storytelling through comics
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
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
Game
DimensionU
ELA and math games alternate between play and practice
GRADES
2 - 10
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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
Word Raider: Quest
Good variety of vocab study but lacks inventive game design
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
App
Writing Prompts for Kids
Writing prompt and word choice app has potential to empower, enrich
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
Website
Comic Master
Limited options hinder learning potential in amusing comic creator
GRADES
4 - 6
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
2
TEACHER RATING
2
Website
LearnZillion
Video lessons, lesson plans serve as exemplars for quality instruction
GRADES
4
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
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