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Best Common Core Math Tools for Elementary

Common Core State Standards for elementary-level math cover a wide range of topics from basic counting and operations to fractions and beginning geometry. To hone in on the topics most relevant you, these tools not only offer solid Common Core-aligned content, but also have great support features for tracking progress, differentiating lessons, and personalizing assessments. 

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Adaptive Programs

JumpStart Academy Math

Adaptive classroom math tool offers individualized lessons, fun games

Bottom line: JumpStart Academy is an individualized game-based curriculum that can take the work out of indvidualized instruction.

Redbird Mathematics

Excellent adaptive math for flipped or blended classrooms

Bottom line: If you're looking for courseware for your nontraditional classroom, this is based on solid research and proven technology.

DreamBox Learning Math

Individualized, game-based math adapts to kids' needs

Bottom line: This is a pretty nice all-in-one solution for extra math support and practice with solid adaptive tech, but students might need help with the interface.

Reflex: Math Fact Fluency

Addictive and adaptive games to help kids memorize math facts

Bottom line: If worksheets are too dull but you need the same kind of skill-practice question sets, this is certainly a more engaging format.


Adaptive math practice wrapped in role-playing adventure

Bottom line: Sometimes kids just need some math practice to get things to stick, and Prodigy delivers in a fun format with great teacher support.

TenMarks Math

Responsive and adaptive math practice for every grade level

Bottom line: Adaptive K–12 math practice that hones in on students' areas for growth with lots of potential to empower.


Phenomenal adaptive math games with a killer teacher dashboard

Bottom line: Fantastic tool for flipped or blended classrooms, formative assessment, or extra practice in any setting. It's gamification that really works.

Imagine Math

Great adaptive learning comes with live teacher support, unique rewards

Bottom line: A fantastic, comprehensive program where teachers can track progress and motivate using meaningful rewards.

Curriculum and Supplemental Resources


Immediate feedback and breadth a major plus, despite emphasis on drills

Bottom line: Students can improve targeted skills with tons of practice modules and visually appealing tasks.

BrainPOP Jr.

Top-notch educational videos a boon for elementary school teachers

Bottom line: BrainPOP Jr. sets the bar for top-quality online learning supplements.


Innovative combo of live instruction and adaptive online math lessons

Bottom line: If you're looking for the perfect balance of online lessons and in-person support, at home or in school, look no further.


Engaging supplemental resource encourages conceptual understanding

Bottom line: A fun and engaging conceptual supplement for math lessons with easy-to-find standards-aligned activities.

Front Row

Target standards-based skills with dynamic practice and assessments

Bottom line: Rich with content-aligned assessments, activities, printable worksheets, and progress analytics, this valuable resource promotes skills mastery through practice.


Super STEM resource with highly accessible content

Bottom line: Making STEM content accessible to kids with different learning styles, CK-12 could be the key to mastery for some students.


Schoolhouse Rock meets Tupac in this delightful hip-hop-based platform

Bottom line: Flocabulary has the goods: It's savvy enough to keep kids focused, and teachers will be tapping their toes to the unorthodox learning method.


Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers

Bottom line: An innovative way to enhance lessons and tailor learning for individual needs.

Early Foundations

Gracie & Friends Birthday Cafe

Numbers-and-quantity game has precise focus and superb scaffolding

Bottom line: Super approach to teaching a very specific topic: Help kids develop an easy familiarity with quantities under five.

Gracie & Friends Lemonade Stand

Interactive games thoroughly address small, focused learning goal

Bottom line: Games do a nice job of providing practice with a very specific early math principle; they work even better as part of a whole teaching unit.

Todo Math: School Edition

One arithmetic app fulfills the needs of many learners

Bottom line: A variety of strategies and accommodations make this app classroom-ready for a variety of levels and abilities.


Highly engaging, age-appropriate site with delightful games

Bottom line: Curiosityville is a great online learning tool for kids that addresses a range of topics.

Pattern Shapes, by the Math Learning Center

Virtual pattern blocks with some extra useful teaching tools

Bottom line: If you don't already have a bucket of pattern blocks, or you want a more portable option, this free version may be a great fit for your classroom.

Kindergarten Math for School

Fancy drills, many topics make for an easy-to-use teaching supplement

Bottom line: With a wealth of material and lots of customization options, this can be a great tool for supplementing math instruction right where kids need it.

Bugs and Numbers

Critter app that covers wide array of fundamentals has terrific value

Bottom line: From matching and measurements to telling time and fractions, Bugs and Numbers covers more math skills than most apps.

Tangram for Osmo

Fun hybrid puzzles with excellent classroom supports

Bottom line: Classic puzzler combines toys with digital play to engage and teach all ages.

Game-Based Learning

Jump! A Game of Numbers

Save the Snortles! Build multiplication skills in silly, fun math game

Bottom line: Absorbing gameplay helps students hone their addition and skip-counting skills.

Zap Zap Math - K6 Math Games

Space-themed practice tool aligns well with CCSS, but with distractions

Bottom line: These interactive games give kids plenty of practice, so long as they can focus on the math and not the paid upgrades and rewards.

DragonBox Big Numbers

Carrot-and-stick arithmetic app makes students fluent in regrouping

Bottom line: Hopelessly addictive addition/subtraction app keeps students learning and learning.

The Land of Venn - Geometric Defense

Brilliant, wacky adventure game seamlessly integrates geometry

Bottom line: This captivating game is a great way to introduce or reinforce early geometry concepts.

Motion Math: Zoom

Ingenious way to visualize and explore the number line

Bottom line: Kids have fun while exploring how numbers relate to each other on a number line.


Quests, videos, and games terrific for developing math and problem-solving skills

Bottom line: Cyberchase has excellent potential for math instruction, practice, and review, and highly engages students.

Fog Stone Isle

Fun virtual world builds deep understanding of fractions

Bottom line: A 3D world that uses adaptive computer manipulatives to build important fractions concepts.

DragonBox Elements

Innovative game-based approach to teaching geometry

Bottom line: Kids build fundamental geometry skills as they play, but connections to classroom math will require teacher support.

Questimate! - Pro

Build solid estimation skills through a fabulous math game

Bottom line: A great-looking, fully engaging math experience, from question to answer.

DragonBox Algebra 5+

Mesmerizing step-by-step puzzler sets the foundation for algebra

Bottom line: This innovative game-changer teaches algebra, changes the way kids learn it, and even changes how they feel about it.

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