Teacher Bio

Elisabeth Apel joined Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic School as a first year teacher this year.  She graduated from Emporia State University in May 2015. Last year she completed “student teaching” at Meadows Elementary School in 1st and 4th grade classrooms. Miss Apel is eager to share her faith with her students and believes she will learn as much from them as they learn from her. In addition to teaching fourth grade during the day, she also teaches fourth grade religious education on Wednesday evenings and assists with our parish youth group.  Miss Apel is excited to be back at Most Pure Heart of Mary; she attended school here herself from pre-k through 8th grade.


Click on the ReadBox picture for the students' book reviews and book trailers they created. After everyone was done we also found picture of their book cover, created a QR code, and printed them out side by side. Now in the classroom is a binder of QR codes students can scan to read and watch a trailer about a book to see if it is something they want to read. I hope to add to this website and the binder each year for a wonderful collection of book reviews.

Recommended Websites

Sites for Science 

Science Fair Project Ideas

Science Buddies

Science Fair Central

Science Fair Adventure



Sites for English Language Arts

Spelling City

AR Book Finder

Wonders Log-In (Connect Ed)

Reading A-Z





Classroom Inc


Sites for Social Studies

Electoral College



State Symbols

Ben’s Guide

Enchanted Learning

Ducksters Geography


Sites for Math

A-Plus Math

Math Playground

Math is Fun

Hooda Math


TenMarks Education



NCTM’s Calculation Nation



Kids Click

Scholastic for Kids

Scholastic for Parents


Sites for independently practicing skills

MobyMax: Personalized learning for every K-8 subject with lots of built in student motivation so kids enjoy practicing. Students take a placement test and then receive practice in the skills they need help with.

IXL: mostly rote skill practice and timed drills in math, ELA, science, and social studies for PreK-12. It’s easy to find the specific standard you want your child to work on. 

Khan Academy: K-12 interactive exercises and tutorials for a wide array of subjects. Your child will have a custom learning dashboard that lets him or her practice skills based on the individual level. Students can see how they’re doing and also receive fun rewards along the way like badges and points. 

NCTM Illuminations: K-12 activities and games for nearly every math topic. 


Sites for fun educational games 

ABCMouse: fun online practice for a wide variety of skills and subject areas for grades PreK-2. 

Sheppard Software: has top-quality games for every subject spanning PreK-8. Fun and easy to use. There are ads on the site, so be sure to remind your child not to click on anything to the left or right of the game.

PBS Kids: great for younger students. There are educational and just-for-fun games, which you can sort by subject area and skill. Be warned that some games are premium and require a subscription. I also recommend the PBS CyberChase collection of math games.

FunBrain: makes the list because kids return to the site again and again even when they have the choice to play non-educational games. The online books and comics addition is wonderful. It’s not the easiest site for kids to navigate independently if they’re looking for a specific game, but that’s mostly because there’s so much there.

BBC UK: features a kid-friendly landing page which makes learning look like all fun and games, or use the schools-games page which organizes activities by subject area.

Utah Education Network: a curated collection of free useful and developmentally appropriate games from all over the web. Look in the sidebar on the righthand side and click K-2, 3-6, or 7-12 interactives.

BrainPOP’s GameUp: highly vetted free educational games for K-12 on a variety of topics. BrainPOP’s collection focuses on higher-level thinking skills and critical thinking rather than rote practice and include topics such as coding and STEM skills.

Learning Games Network: Lengthy critical thinking games for grades 5-12 where students apply skills across the curriculum in meaningful, video-game like contexts. 

Manga High: twenty original math games for grades 5-12. Create a free account to play, or  purchase a subscription to get analytics on student game play. 


Content-specific educational games 

Vocabulary Spelling City: the best site for engaging, differentiated practice with spelling and vocabulary (use the built-in sets of words or help your child develop his or her own list!)

Electric Company: high quality and engaging  phonics, vocabulary and reading games for K-3.

PlayPower: grades 1-5 math aligned with Common Core and available in app versions. 

Explore Learning (Gizmos): grades 3-12 math and science interactive activities and games searchable by skill and standard. 

Tynker: coding games for kids in grades K-12

Learning Games Lab: engaging, in-depth games on unique topics from elementary and middle schoolers, including food safety, water conservation, and more. Science teachers should check out the virtual labs and math teachers should check out Math Snacks and Monster School Bus. 

Taking IT Global: grades 6-12; seriously in-depth games on important real-world topics

Miss Apel