Preapproved Websites

Below are a list of sites that are preapproved for use at school. You must be finished with work and have your teacher’s permission to play games before visiting them. Visiting any sites that are not approved can result in loss of computer privileges.

***UPDATE – Turtle Diary is no longer pre-approved. 

Kindergarten – Fourth Grade:

PBS Kids (plan to use headphones with this one. The games require listening to instructions.


Knowledge Adventure


Spelling City

Code Monster I recommend this game for 3rd and up.

Math Playground

Dance Mat Typing

Digital Dialects

Cool Math Games. – this one works for now. If the plug-ins quit, go to 5th grade, strategy and skills games. Same games, better hosting. It plays nicer with Chromebooks.

Middle School:

Discovery Ed

Fun Brain


Christmas Bounce Game You’re welcome. Current top score is 1450. If you can beat that score (and prove it), there might just be a prize in it for you.

Code Monster

Cookie Clicker  Approval for this one will depend on you. It is very, very rough on the mouse pad on the computer. The repeated clicks will wear it out. If it’s a game that is played too often, approval will be revoked.

Coolified Math This one has provisional approval. The games seem okay, just not very educational. Don’t abuse the privilege of having this game on the preapproved list.

If you have websites and games you would like me to consider for this list, please put them in the comments. I’m looking primarily for games that are educational and they must be appropriate for school (no violence or other inappropriate stuff). I also steer clear of games that are heavy on advertising. If you think you’ve got a winner, list it below, and I’ll have a look.

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More October Writing!

Today we are going to continue our creative writing practice. You may either:

  • continue your story from last week
  • start a new story from an idea of your own
  • use one of the prompts that I give you.
  1. Open a Google Doc
  2. Rename with YOUR NAME and TODAY’S DATE (Oct 12)
  3. SHARE IT WITH ME (if you are continuing last week’s story, rename it, reshare it)

If you do not share it, you get a zero for classwork 😦

Story Prompt generators are as follows

  • K5 Computer Lab
  • Story Starters (Scholastic)
  • Creative Visual Prompts – This one offers many pictures to start stories from. BE CAREFUL. It’s easy to get pulled into the vortex and spend class cruising pictures.



My aunt’s house

Whale of a Tale

Rewind or Pause?

The Cloud


Want a prize? Anyone who beats last week’s word count will get a prize. You can do it!

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NaNo 2017 Is Just Around the Corner!

Today we’re going to warm up our creativity muscles and practice some story prompts.

  • Please open a blank Google Doc
  • Rename it with your name + Week 1 NaNo Prep

You may choose one of the following prompts, or you may come up with your own. Write as much as you can in the time given. Our goal over the next four weeks is to figure out your word goal. Remember, your word goal for National Novel Writing Month is YOUR GOAL, not mine. You are only competing against yourself.

Grades 1-4

  • One day, you wake up and you are two inches tall. Tell me the story.
  • You have two superpowers and one weakness. What are they? Tell me the story.
  • You eat a magic cookie and suddenly you turn into an animal. What animal? Tell me the story.
  • You have the power to make three wishes. What do you wish for? Why?
  • Write about the best gift you ever gave to someone. What was it? How did you choose it?
  • Write about the best gift you ever RECEIVED.


Middle School

  • Imagine you are Egyptian royalty. Ancient Egyptians believed that when people died, their tomb should be filled with things they would want in the next life. What is in your tomb, and why?
  • You are a Great White Shark. Tell me your story. How do you spend your day?
  • Imagine you can travel through time. Where do you go? Who do you meet? What do you see?
  • What would happen if middle schoolers were in charge of the world?
  • Imagine you are on a deserted island. How did you get there? How do you survive?
  • What do you wish other people knew about you?
  • Harry Potter and Luke Skywalker engage in a duel. Tell their story.
  • Write an owner’s manual for pet dragons.

You won’t finish early. We’re going to spend the whole class period writing. If you run out of ideas for the prompt that you chose, go back and give more detail. We want as many words as possible here!


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