Review by Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Education | Updated April 2016

Studyladder

Lots of solid practice for kids, plus advice for teachers

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Skills
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Subjects
  • Arts
  • English Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
Grades This grade range is a recommendation by Common Sense Education and not the developer/publisher.
Pre-K-6
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Pros: Teacher-created content is standards-aligned, easily accessible, and free for teachers and their students.

Cons: Material isn't always very engaging; the avatars and reward system may be distracting.

Bottom Line: Though the format is often formulaic, there is so much here for both kids and teachers that it's worth a serious look.

You can use Studyladder to supplement nearly any classroom curriculum. Whether you throw in a Studyladder game as a reward or use the activities every day, it's easy to work content into your lesson plans. There's a wealth of good stuff for your students to learn from the site, and the resources for you to work with are plentiful. You can arrange for kids to work on specific topics or let them explore freely on their own. It's also easy to track students and their progress within the site. Plus, kids will have at-home access to anything you assign.

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Studyladder is a website (and Chrome app) that features lessons on a wide variety of subjects for kids in preschool through sixth grade. Subjects are meticulously aligned to and searchable by Common Core State Standards and include, among others, mathematics, literacy, science, music, art, language, culture, health, safety, and even citizenship. The site also includes some interactive games, videos, and other content. From handwriting practice exercises that let students write directly on the screen to worksheets on how to get to school safely, Studyladder is jam-packed.

Schools and teachers can access quite a bit of Studyladder's program for free or pay for additional features. The site is easy to search; grade levels are color-coded, and you can also search by type of resource (tutorial, printable, whiteboard, interactive play). The site also makes it easy to maintain a school-home connection, as kids can log in from home to complete activities. Finally, the site is accessible from a variety of Internet-connected devices.

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As a free resource for teachers and their students, Studyladder is outstanding in terms of depth and variety of activities. There's simply so much standards-aligned curriculum here, and there are all kinds of goodies for teachers, such as templates for letters to parents and a great system for organizing classes within the site.

The content itself isn't always stellar -- for example, some tutorials are bare-bones and dry, and assessments are simple with repetitive multiple-choice questions (often with only two answer choices, which makes it quite easy for kids to fly through without having a real understanding of the material). Also, some kids might not like the site's system of motivation and rewards. Kids earn "rewards points" by completing activities. They can then spend points in the Rewards Room, adding features to their avatar or room. It may be fun for some kids, but not all kids are motivated in the same way.

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Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

The point system will likely be the biggest motivator here. Although activities are colorful and kid-friendly, they're still pretty ho-hum.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Quick, clear video tutorials, interactive activities, and lots of multiple-choice activities are at the core of the learning material. Kids will enjoy tracking their progress in a wide variety of subjects.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Kids can click to hear text read aloud. Downloadable PDF guides for parents, students, and teachers are very helpful when you're getting started. Kids can explore material to learn new things but don't get any support within assessments.


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Crissy W. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Village of Barboursville Elementary School
Barboursville, WV
Free, multi-subject online resource

This is an excellent teaching tool to reinforce and reteach concepts. I like how easy it is to use and how much the students enjoy using it. It improves my teaching because students are working at their own paces so that work is individualized. It has a free version and a paid version. The free version is sufficient to use in the classroom. Each student has an individual log in, and students can access the assigned tasks at home. I would recommend this online resource for teachers.

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