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ELA Products Aligned to Common Core Standards

The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts are designed to prepare students for success in life by the time they graduate from high school. These tools will help students develop skills like phonics, text analysis, and supporting arguments with evidence, which will help them collaborate and communicate in their future careers. From vocabulary building to reading comprehension to writing clearly, you'll find terrific apps and websites that match the standards that are most relevant and useful to you and your students.

Homer -- #1 Learn to Read Program: Educational Games, Stories and Songs Publisher: Homer
A captivating, comprehensive beginning reading resource
Grades Pre-K-1
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
ReadWorks Digital Visit Website: http://digital.readworks.org
Research-based site makes it easy to assign, differentiate readings
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
SpellingCity Publisher: SpellingCity
Charm kids with custom spelling games certain to engage
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
ReadWorks Visit Website: http://www.readworks.org/
An ELA teacher's one-stop shop for reading-comprehension resources
Grades K-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Flocabulary Visit Website: http://www.flocabulary.com/
Schoolhouse Rock meets Tupac in this delightful hip-hop-based platform
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
LightSail Publisher: LightSail Inc.
Robust, responsive reading tool measures meaningful literacy outcomes
Grades 1-12
Type App
Price By subscription
Platforms Android, iPad, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
News-O-Matic for School, 2016-17 Nonfiction Reading Publisher: Press4Kids
Flexible, interactive daily stories for elementary school students
Grades 2-5
Type App
Price $6.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
BiblioNasium Visit Website: http://www.biblionasium.com
Site for reviewing and sharing books makes reading a social adventure
Grades 2-6
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
Quandary Publisher: Learning Games Network
Slick but dialogue heavy ethics game teaches students to make tough decisions
Grades 2-8
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
StudySync Visit Website: http://www.studysync.com/
Superb ELA resource spurs critical thinking with dynamic multimedia
Grades 3-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
LearnZillion Visit Website: http://learnzillion.com/
Quality Common Core-aligned lessons with great modeling for teachers
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Newsela Visit Website: https://newsela.com/
Absorbing daily news stories offer kids just-right learning content
Grades 2-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Grammaropolis.com Visit Website: http://grammaropolis.com/
Catchy parts-of-speech instruction, from hook to assessment
Grades 2-10
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
iTooch 6th Grade Language Arts Publisher: eduPad Inc.
Quality lessons, challenging quizzes help kids learn core concepts
Grades 5-8
Type App
Price Free to Try, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
CommonLit Visit Website: http://commonlit.org/
Feature-rich literacy resource offers superb support for readers
Grades 5-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Mars Gen One: Argubot Academy Publisher: GlassLab
Hone powerful persuasive skills on a red-planet adventure
Grades 6-8
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Actively Learn Visit Website: http://www.activelylearn.com/
Empowering social ereader keeps kids actively, independently engaged
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
ThinkCERCA Visit Website: http://www.thinkcerca.com
Critical-reading program buoyed by high-interest texts, clear structure
Grades 4-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
The Learning Network Visit Website: http://www.nytimes.com/learning
Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
The Sports Network 2
Make news and build ELA skills with this cable sports show sim
Grades 7-12
Type Game
Price Free
Platforms Linux, Mac, Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
WordFlex Touch Dictionary
Amazing interactive visual dictionary makes exploring words exciting
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free to Try
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 5
Youth Voices Visit Website: http://youthvoices.net/
Vibrant online community hosts authentic student writing
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Shakespeare In Bits: Macbeth iPad Edition Publisher: Mindconnex Learning Ltd.
Multimedia shines in this elegant remix of an old classic
Grades 9-12
Type App
Price $14.99 for iPad
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Shakespeare's The Tempest for iPad Publisher: Luminary Digital Media LLC
Explore Shakespeare's wild island in excellent, well-rounded reading app
Grades 11-12
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5