Common Core Explorer

W.6.7

These apps, games, and websites will help your students conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
Website
After the Storm
Engaging ELA game makes you the editor of your local newspaper
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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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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Community PlanIt
Custom-designed civic engagement game helps kids make local impact
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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Front Row
Zero in on Common Core math and ELA with personalized practice and assessments
GRADES
K - 8
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Gooru
Personalized tool fosters exploration, teacher-led meaningful learning
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Impressive collection of classroom-ready, free digital resources
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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PowerSchool Learning
Full-featured LMS great for instructional design
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
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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Smithsonian Quests
Research Smithsonian-style subjects online, get cool digital badges
GRADES
4 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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Spiral
Provide instant feedback with collaborative, multimedia assessment tool
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Free, Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Weava
Chrome extension helps organize web-based research
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free, 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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Corkulous
Brainstorm, organize, and present on this tidy virtual corkboard
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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Earthquakes for Kids
Fact-heavy site could shake things up with more kid-friendly design
GRADES
1 - 6
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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findingDulcinea
Quality search tool with curated resources and links to credible sites
GRADES
6 - 10
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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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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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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Scrible
Browser extension helpful for annotation and research organization
GRADES
8 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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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NOT YET RATED
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Mind Plan
Confusing design limits potential of mind-mapping tool
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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PBworks
Wiki service provides collaborative workspace but not enough structure
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Space videos engage students while PD videos support teachers
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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NOT YET RATED