Common Core Explorer

WHST.6-8.2

These apps, games, and websites will help your students write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
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iCivics
Exceptionally well-designed games, lesson plans demystify government
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
PLATFORM
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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Instructables
Endless collection of DIY projects; good for sharing and inspiration
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Lifeliqe
Impressive, interactive 3D models augment classroom learning
GRADES
K - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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National WWII Museum
High-quality resources and activities offer an in-depth study
GRADES
7 - 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
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n/a
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Zoom In
Top-notch lessons teach historical content, boost analytical skills
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Backyard Engineers
Accessible introduction to engineering could use more depth
GRADES
6 - 9
PRICE
Paid
PLATFORM
Linux, Mac, Windows
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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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Dictionary - Merriam-Webster
No-frills reference isn't highly engaging but gets the job done
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Dictionary.com
Useful reference tool with voice recognition and daily updates
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Exibi
Comprehensive but complex tool for creating and publishing portfolios
GRADES
7 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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Inspiration Maps
Versatile mind-mapping tool offers many options for organizing ideas
GRADES
5 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try, Paid
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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
PLATFORM
n/a
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