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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NaNo Prep Week 3: How About Some Fan Fiction?

We’re speeding through October, guys! We’re already on week 3 of our preparation for National Novel Writing Month. This week, your task is to write a piece of fan fiction. What IS fan fiction? So glad you asked!

Fan fiction:

  • is a story that takes place with the characters or setting of another author.
  • can use the same main characters, but it doesn’t have to
  • is written by FANS – that means people who are wild about the author’s work.

Please do the following:

  1. Create a Google Doc
  2. Rename it with your name + “Fan Fiction”

If you don’t share it with me, I cannot give you a good grade.

When you have completed the above 3 steps, you may begin writing. Think of a book, movie, or TV show that you really like. Write a story that takes place in that world. Do you love Harry Potter? You could try writing a story about Crookshanks the cat. Like Ramona Quimby? Maybe Howie needs his own story. Or “Turnip/Onion/Rutabaga from Clementine.

Have fun! I can’t wait to read what you come up with!

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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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