Common Core Explorer

W.5.4

These apps, games, and websites will help your students produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
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EduTyping
Complete and entertaining typing program for all ages
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
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NOT YET RATED
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BetterLesson
Exemplary Common Core-aligned lessons from rock star peers at large
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
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
PLATFORM
n/a
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Elegy for a Dead World
Compelling sci-fi world imagined -- and written -- by its players
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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ePals
Kids learn together in well-rounded, collaborative global classroom
GRADES
4 - 7
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Kerpoof
Media-making tools help young kids with digital skills
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Mozilla Thimble
Inspiring platform teaches coding through remixing
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Pages
Writing and publishing tool is an increasingly satisfying option
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Pixton
Popular comic creation tool well-tuned to classrooms
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Scoodle Jam
Interactive whiteboard inspires learning beyond the blank page
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Scratch
Jump-start future programmers with adaptive sandbox tool
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Writable
Smart writing platform places focus on feedback and revision
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
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TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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Write About
Engaging prompts, flexible collaboration options empower young writers
GRADES
1 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Big Universe Learning
An extensive e-library at your fingertips, but no adaptive features
GRADES
1 - 4
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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BoomWriter
Collaborative writing platform has the potential to motivate
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Clicker Docs
Pricey, but serves a clear purpose for iPad word processing
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Common Core Quest
Comprehensive CCSS-aligned resource for instruction and assessment
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Creaza Cartoonist
Versatile cartoon creator for silly or serious storytelling
GRADES
3 - 9
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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DimensionU
ELA and math games alternate between play and practice
GRADES
2 - 10
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
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Game Classroom
Fun, game-based homework helper can supplement classwork
GRADES
K - 6
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Kidblog
Safe, supportive blogs boost kids' writing skills and digital citizenship
GRADES
1 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
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
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
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
PLATFORM
n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Treasure trove of lesson resources will benefit from adaptation
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Prompts
Creative tool gives students something to write about
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Quest Atlantis
Jam-packed with proven content but technically finicky
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
Mac, Windows
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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Underlined
Major publisher's writing platform has some potential
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
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NOT YET RATED
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WPS Office
Flexible app brings MS Office to mobile devices
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Write
Awesome word processor for handwritten text has limited practicality
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Blogger
Sparse features offer limited access to a strong blogging platform
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
TEACHER RATING
NOT YET RATED
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Dragon Dictation
Empowers kids to express themselves, but accuracy is limited
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Field Day: Project-Based Learning Think & Do Tool
Well-intentioned PBL tool shows promise, needs consistency, support
GRADES
4 - 12
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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TenMarks Writing
One-size-fits-all approach drains the heart and soul out of writing
GRADES
4 - 8
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Flocabulary
Add a beat and a rhyme to students' language arts learning
GRADES
2 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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LearnZillion
Quality videos and lesson plans support both students and teachers
GRADES
5
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED
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StudySync
Great selection of texts, prompts engage kids at a range of levels
GRADES
4 - 5
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
COMMON SENSE RATING
NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED