Common Core Explorer

WHST.6-8.4

These apps, games, and websites will help your students produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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iCivics
Exceptionally well-designed games, lesson plans demystify government
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Bear
Write, edit, and sync content on the go with flexible note-taking tool
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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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
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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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Kaizena
Nifty add-on enables audio and text feedback in Google Docs
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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Microsoft OneNote
Note-taking giant built for flexible, collaborative work
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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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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Scoodle Jam
Interactive whiteboard inspires learning beyond the blank page
GRADES
3 - 8
PRICE
Paid
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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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Writable
Smart writing platform places focus on feedback and revision
GRADES
3 - 12
PRICE
Free to Try
PLATFORM
n/a
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NOT YET RATED
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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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Bitstrips for Schools
Safe site where students can make and share easy-to-create comics
GRADES
6 - 8
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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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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ForAllRubrics
Free but clunky rubric tool allows for consistent assessment
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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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
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n/a
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PBS LearningMedia
Treasure trove of lesson resources will benefit from adaptation
GRADES
Pre-K - 12
PRICE
Free, Paid
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n/a
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Mind Plan
Confusing design limits potential of mind-mapping tool
GRADES
6 - 12
PRICE
Free
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n/a
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NOT YET RATED