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Unpacking the Common Core: Best Middle School Apps

September 25, 2013

Posted by Sarah Pliske

As promised, we’ve come back this month with a new list of the 12 best middle school apps educators teaching the Common Core can’t live without! Download these apps for middle school math and reading to help your students master the state standards with a little classroom screen time.

(Short on time? Download the free How to Find a Common Core App eBook featuring the Top 13 Middle School Math & Reading Apps!)



These 12 middle school apps scored highly on all dimensions of our rubric criteria. Additionally, based on student engagement and achievement data from within the eSpark app, these 12 apps consistently receive positive student ratings and demonstrate academic rigor.

5 Dice: Order of Operations Game


Developer: Justin Holladay, Price: Free

  • 5th Grade, Math
  • Higher-order thinking
  • Multi-step problem solving
  • Utilizes gyromotion


 Sail Through Math

Common-Core-App-Sail-through-mathDeveloper: McGraw-Hill Education Group, Price: $1.99

  • 6th – 8th grade, Math
  • Covers math facts, algebra, number sense, rational numbers
  • Fun, highly engaging, intuitive
  • Progressively more challenging


ThUMP Ultimate Calculus and Algebra Training


Developer: Mathtoons, Price: $1.99

  • 6th – 8th grade, Math
  • Exponents, radicals, algebra (varying levels), trigonometry, geometry
  • Well-aligned to CCSS
  • Fun interface and beautiful graphics


Thinking Blocks Ratios


Developer: Math Playground, Price: Free 

  • 6th – 7th grade, Math
  • Word problems
  • Addresses multiple learning styles
  • Provides feedback 


Middle School Math HD


Developer: Interactive Elementary, Price: $2.99

  • 6th-7th grade, Math
  • Covers a variety of math topics
  • Well-aligned, especially for hard-to-find standards (e.g. coordinate planes)
  • Funny characters and sound effects


Chicken Coop Fractions Game


Developer: Lumpty Learning, Price: Free

  • 7th grade, Math
  • Fraction and decimal equivalents
  • Covers very challenging, targeted skills
  • Fun and engaging game structure


Frankie for Kids


Developer: Yellow+Blue Digital Content, Price: $4.99 

  • 8th grade, Literature
  • Teaches classic Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • CCSS Exemplar text
  • Beautiful graphics and visuals


Wild Dolphins


Developer: Polymash Inc, Price: Free

  • 6th grade, Informational Text
  • One of highest rated by eSpark students
  • Rich in interactivity and multimedia



Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are

Common-Core-App-Middle-School-ConfidentialDeveloper: Electric Eggplant, Price: $2.99

  • 6th-7th grade, Literature
  • Topically relevant for middle schoolers
  • Socio-emotional learning
  • Engaging graphic novel format


The Jungle Book, adapted for the iPad

Common-Core-App-Jungle-BookDeveloper: Random House Digital, Inc., Price: $1.99

  • 5th-6th grade, Literature
  • Option of picture book or classic novel
  • CCSS exemplar text
  • Can be aligned to multiple standards


Chicktionary - A Game of Scrambled Words


Developer: Blockdot, Inc, Price: Free

  • 6th-8th, Language
  • Spelling and vocab building game
  • ELL student-friendly
  • Competitive, board game-like




Developer: KIDS DISCOVER, Price: Free

    • 8th Grade Reading Informational Text
  • Text supported by engaging interactive features
    • Includes quizzes, puzzles, and other games to reinforce learning
    • Simple and clean interface makes navigation easy


Want more Common Core apps for middle school math and reading? Download our free eBook on How to Find a Common Core App featuring the amazing apps above plus one bonus app!

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This post was updated on November 6, 2015.


Topics: App Recommendations  Middle School Education


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