Free Sources for Common Core Aligned Content

Browse the following sites

These resources were recently highlighted in a document from a website I follow The School Improvement Network.  They are well designed sites, with a wealth of common core aligned materials.  Any of these may take a while to fully explore, but each has a search bar and organization that allow you to drill down to topics you are teaching.  There are materials available for all grade levels.

Activate Instruction

From their website.

Activate is built around the idea of playlists. An Activate playlist is like a music playlist, except instead of songs, teachers can group educational resources like free public videos, readings, games, and other resources that they have created themselves or have permission to share. Teachers can use the playlist as a lesson plan for their own use, to share resources with colleagues and parents, or distribute to students for independent study.

There are more than 5,600 playlists available at


From their website

Find Products Aligned to Common Core

Our educational experts have examined each product deeply to determine which Common Core State Standards are supported. Just use our intuitive filters to select products by standard.

Graphite is a free platform from Common Sense Education that saves you time by making it easy to discover the best apps, games, and websites for your classroom. With thousands of reviews of tools such as EdmodoKahootClassDojo, and LightSail, our community of educators take the guesswork out of finding innovative ways to transform your teaching practice.

Kahn Academy

Kahn Academy’s math resources have now been aligned with the common core. They contain interactive math problems for all Common Core Math standards k-12.


Containing over 250,00 resources for every common core standard with many differentiable.  These resources are searchable by grade, type, common core standard, or subject.  They include assessments (pre, post, diagnostic, formative, and summative), instructional materials and lesson plans.

SAS Curriculum Pathways

From their website

We develop interactive resources that utilize technology to create learning environments otherwise difficult to achieve in the classroom setting. Our resources are intended to supplement instruction to engage students in meaningful learning experiences that foster a deep, robust understanding of concepts.

All of the resources in SAS Curriculum Pathways are directly aligned with state and national standards.

Using the standards database and alignment system provided by Academic Benchmarks, our curriculum specialists employ a three-step process to align our resources:

  1. Assign key terms to our resources.
  2. Review the alignments the system generates.
  3. Manually tweak those alignments to ensure that we are including all relevant matches—and no irrelevant ones.

Standards mapping is a labor-intensive process for our team; we place paramount importance on the accuracy of such alignments.


From their website

A website for independent math practice, instruction, and assessment, TenMarks was acquired by Amazon in fall 2013. Its library of 20,000- plus math problems is Common Core-aligned and includes questions that vary in answer type and difficulty. To guide students through math practice, TenMarks provides hints and video lessons that offer scaffolded explanations.

Wolfram Education  Portal

From their website

Wolfram has long been a trusted name in education—as the makers of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha, and the Wolfram Demonstrations Project (all which use the Wolfram Language), we’ve created some of the most dynamic teaching and learning tools available. We are pleased to offer the best of all of our technologies to you here in the Wolfram Education Portal, organized by topic. In the portal you’ll find dynamic textbooks, lesson plans, widgets, interactive Demonstrations, and more, built by Wolfram education experts.


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