Common Core Explorer

W.5.10

These apps, games, and websites will help your students write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
App
Book Creator
Magically easy way to create and publish digital books and multimedia
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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
Website
Edublogs
Customizable classroom blogs get students writing and collaborating
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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
Website
Kerpoof
Media-making tools help young kids with digital skills
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
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
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
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
Scribble
Terrific book creator encourages self-expression for all young writers
GRADES
K - 5
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
Website
Write About
Engaging prompts, flexible collaboration options empower young writers
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
4
TEACHER RATING
4
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
Website
Artsonia Kids Art Museum
Online art museum empowers students to exhibit, explain their work
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
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
Website
Kidblog
Safe, supportive blogs boost kids' writing skills and digital citizenship
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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
Lensoo Create
Create multimedia presentations with back-to-basics virtual whiteboard
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
3
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
App
Prompts
Creative tool gives students something to write about
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
4
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
App
Write
Awesome word processor for handwritten text has limited practicality
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
3
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
Website
BrainPOP
Fun videos help teach most anything, from Poe to prepositional phrases
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
TEACHER RATING
5