Common Core-Friendly English and Language Arts Apps, Games, and Websites

If you want a way to help your kids improve their Common Core skills this school year, look no further than this list of English and language arts games, apps, and websites. The titles on this list have been handpicked by experts from our teacher site Common Sense Education to align with the Common Core State Standards. From spelling games to kid-friendly news, these fun and engaging digital tools will help your kids meet key ELA learning goals, no matter what grade they're in. And be sure to also check out our Common Core-Friendly Math Apps, Games, and Websites.

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HOMER Learn & Grow

age 3+

Personalized early literacy program chock-full of choices.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2020)
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Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1

age 4+

Kids play with words that morph into their own meanings.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2012)
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Wallykazam! Letter and Word Magic

age 4+

Magical adventure uses excellent early literacy approach.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2014)
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VocabularySpellingCity

age 5+

City of fun, clever language games is worth visiting.

URL: https://www.spellingcity.com/ (2013)
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Toontastic 3D

age 6+

Same great easy animated story creator, new 3D graphics.

Devices: Android, Chromebook (2017)
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News-O-Matic: Reading for Kids

age 7+

Fun, interactive way for kids to learn about current events.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2020)
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Grammaropolis.com

age 8+

Schoolhouse Rock! reborn for fun grammar practice.

URL: https://grammaropolis.com/ (2013)
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Newsela

age 8+

Stellar news tool connects kids to absorbing leveled reads

URL: https://newsela.com/ (2014)
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Biblionasium

age 9+

A safe place where kids can review and share favorite books.

URL: https://www.biblionasium.com/ (2013)
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Kids' Vocab - Mindsnacks

age 10+

Fast-paced vocabulary practice with lessons, games.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2013)
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The Learning Network

age 12+

NYTimes blog gives young people fluff-free news, discussion.

URL: https://www.nytimes.com/section/learning (2011)
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Vocabulary.com

age 13+

Intense, game-style vocab practice challenges teens.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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