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Stingray Chaser

Free stingrays and remove harmful algae from the ocean. After removing enough debris from the stingrays, you will be asked to select the correct answer to continue.


Vocabulary Pinball Click on the red flipper buttons to keep the ball in play. Try to hit all of the letters with the ball to spell a word. Next, choose the correct definition for the word. A correct answer gives a free ball and an incorrect takes a ball away. Hold down and release the green button to launch the ball! Try all of the lists or register to make your own!

Word Find

Play the classic Word Search and find game.

Word Scramble - Words Only

Solve the scrambled words by moving the tiles around. Use the vocabulary definition or math answers to provide you the hint you need!

Word Scramble - Problems and Definitions

Solve the scrambled words by moving the tiles around. Use the vocabulary definition or math answers to provide you the hint you need!


Play hangman with your words. Guess letters to form words from the lists that are added by people just like you! Practice your classroom lists.

List Content

At the Beach

  • cockles -- saltwater clams with two-ridged, heart-shaped shells
  • concealed -- put out of sight; hidden
  • lamented -- felt or showed grief for
  • tweezers -- small pinchers for picking up small objects
  • emphatically -- said or done forcefully; strongly
  • algae -- group of related living things, mostly living in water
  • hammocks -- hanging beds or couches made of canvas, cord, etc.
  • sternly -- strictly; firmly
  • dislodged -- driven or forced out of place or position
  • driftwood -- wood carried along by water or washed ashore from the water
  • sea urchins -- small, round sea animals with spiny shells

Ch'i-lin Purse

  • distribution -- act or process of giving some of to each; dividing and giving out in shares
  • recommend -- to speak in favor of; suggest favorably
  • footmen -- uniformed male servants who answer the bell, wait on tables, o with a car or carriage to open the door, etc.
  • benefactor -- person who has given money or kindly help
  • procession -- something that moves forward; persons marching or riding
  • traditions -- customs or beliefs handed down from generation to generation
  • pavillion -- a light building, usually somwhat open, used for shelter, pleasure, etc.
  • behavior -- manner of behaving; way of acting
  • gratitude -- kindly feeling because of a favor received; desire to do a favor in return; thankfulness
  • sacred -- worthy of reverence
  • matchmaker -- person who arranges, or tries to arrange, marriages for others
  • astonished -- surprised greatly, amazed

Dinosaurs of Waterhouse

  • mold -- a holow shape in which anything is formed, cast, or solidified
  • tidied -- put in order; clean and made neat
  • dignitaries -- people who have positions of honor
  • foundations -- parts on which the other parts rest for support; bases
  • proportion -- a proper relationship among parts
  • anatomy -- structure of a living thing
  • erected -- put up; built
  • occasion -- a special event
  • workshop -- space or building where work is done
  • monumental -- very great

Exploding Ants

  • mucus -- a slimy substance produced in the nose and throat to moisten and protect them
  • sterile -- free from germs
  • predator -- animal or person that lives by killing and eating other animals
  • enables -- gives ability, power, or means to; makes able
  • specialize -- to develop in a special way
  • nauseating -- sickening; casuing nausea
  • critical -- becoming important to the outcome of a situation
  • scarce -- hard to get; rare
  • aborigines -- the earliest known inhabitants of Australia


  • reputation -- what people think and say the character of someone or something is
  • shutdown -- a stopping; a checking of
  • assignment --
  • guaranteed --
  • essential -- absolutely necessary; very important
  • worshipped --
  • procedures -- ways of proceeding; methods of doing things
  • sidetrack --
  • cameo -- a semiprecious stone carved so that there is a raised design on a background, usually of a different color
  • aquainted --
  • expanded --
  • assignment -- something assigned; especially a piece of work to be done
  • reputation --
  • guaranteed -- made certain that something would happen as a result
  • shutdown --
  • worshipped -- paid great honor and reverence to
  • sidetrack -- to draw someone's attention away from something
  • essential --
  • aquainted -- made aware; informed
  • procedures --
  • expanded -- made larger; increased in size; enlarged
  • cameo --

Ghost Towns

  • economic -- of or about the management of the income, supplies, and expenses of a household, government, etc.
  • scrawled -- written or drawn poorly or carelessly
  • prosperity -- prosperous condition; good fortune; success
  • overrun -- to spread over
  • mercantile -- of merchants or trade; commercial
  • independence -- freedom from the control, influence, support, or help of others
  • vacant -- not occupied
  • tumbledown -- ready to fall down; not in good condition; dilapidated

Inside Out

  • gestured -- made a movement to help express an idea or a feeling
  • caterpillar -- the wormlike larvae of insects such as butterflies and moths
  • emerge -- to some into view; come out; come up
  • unscrewed -- loosened or taken off by turning
  • disrespect -- to show a lack of respect; to be rude
  • sketched -- drawn roughly and quickly
  • suspenders -- straps worn over the shoulders to hold up the trousers
  • cocoon -- case of silky thread spun by the larvae of vairous insects, to live in while they are developing into adults
  • migrant -- worker, especially a farm worker, who travels from one area to another in search of work

Island of Blue Dolphins

  • brackish -- slightly salty
  • gnawed -- bitten at or worn away
  • lair -- den or resting place of a wild animal
  • sinew -- tendon
  • deafening -- very loud; amazingly noisy
  • kelp -- any of various large, tough, brown seaweeds
  • shellfish -- a water animal with a shell
  • cove -- a small, sheltered bay; inlet on a shore
  • headland -- a narrow ridge of high land jutting out into the water
  • ravine -- a long, deep, narrow, valley eroded by running water

Jane Goodall

  • tapeworms -- long, flat worms that live as a parasite in the intestines of humans and animals
  • conservation -- preservation from harm or decay; protection from loss or from being used up
  • environment -- condition of the air, water, soil, etc.
  • loggers -- people whose work is cutting down trees
  • enthusiastic -- eagerly interested
  • humane -- not cruel or brutal; kind
  • contribute -- to help bring about
  • investigation -- a careful search

Journey to the Center

  • extinct -- no longer exsisting
  • serpent -- snake, especially a big snake
  • plesiosaurus -- any of several large sea reptiles that lived about two-hundred million years ago
  • encases -- covers completely; encloses
  • plunged -- fell or moved suddenly downward or forward
  • ichthyosaurus -- a large fishlike reptile, now extinct, that lived in the sea
  • armor -- any kind of protective covering
  • hideous -- very ugly; frightful; horrible
  • calculations -- careful thinking; deliberate plans

King Midas

  • lifeless -- without life
  • spoonful -- as much as a spoon can hold
  • inconvenience -- something inconvenient; a cause of trouble, difficulty, or bother
  • cleanse -- to make clean
  • realm -- kingdom
  • exquisite -- very lovely; delicate
  • adorn -- to add beauty to; put ornaments on; decorate
  • precious -- having great value; worth much
  • bequeath -- to give or leave by means of a will when a person dies

Leonardo's Horse

  • architect -- person who designs and makes plans for buildings
  • depressed -- gloomy; sad
  • philosopher -- a person who attempts to discover and understand the basic nature of knowledge and reality
  • Renaissance -- the great revival of art and learning in Europe during the 1300-1500's
  • achieved -- carried out to a successful end
  • cannon -- a big gun, especially one mounted on a base or wheels
  • midst -- in the middle of
  • rebirth -- a new birth; being born again
  • bronze -- a dark yellow-brown alloy of copper and tin
  • fashioned -- mad; shaped, or formed
  • rival -- a person who wants and tries to get the same thing as another or one who tries to equal or do better than another; competitor
  • togas -- loose, outer garments worn in public by citizens of ancient Rome

Mahalia Jackson

  • posthumously -- happening after death
  • barber -- person whose business is cutting hair and shaving or trimming beards
  • religious -- much interested in the belief, study, and worship of God or gods; devoted to religion
  • gospel -- religious music with much emotion and enthusiasm
  • appreciate -- think highly of; value; enjoy
  • released -- permitted to be published, shown, sold, etc.
  • teenager -- a person in his or her teens
  • spirituals -- religious songs which originated among African Americans of the southern United states
  • choir -- a group of singers whos sing together, often in a church service
  • slavery -- the condition of being owned by another person and being made work without wages

Passage to Freedom

  • cable -- message sent through wires by electric current; also called a telegram
  • refugees -- people who flee to another country for safety
  • visa -- official signature or endorsement upon passport or document, showing it has been examined and approved
  • Soviets -- persons belonging to or fighting for the former Soviet Union
  • agreement -- harmony in feeling or opinion
  • issue -- to send out; put forth
  • superiors -- people who are higher in rank or postion
  • Nazis -- members of the National Socialist Party, a fascist political party in Germany led by Adolf Hitler
  • diplomat -- person whose work is to manage relations between nations
  • representatives -- people appointed or elected to act or speak for others
  • Hanukkah -- a yearly Jewish festival lasting eight days, celebrating the redication of the temple in Jerusalem

Paul Revere's Ride

  • glimmer -- a faint, unsteady light
  • somber -- having deep shadows; dark; gloomy
  • grenadiers -- members of a speciality chosen unit of foot soldiers
  • fearless -- without fear; afraid or nothing
  • magnified -- caused something to look larger than it actually is
  • belfry -- a space in a tower in which bells may be hung
  • fate -- what becomes of someone or something
  • lingers -- stays on; goes slowly, as if unwilling to leave
  • steed -- a horse, especially a riding horse
  • stealthy -- done in a secret manner

Satchel Paige

  • confidence -- firm belief in yourself
  • outfield -- the three players in the outfield
  • windup -- a swinging movement of the arms while twisting the body just before pitching the ball
  • semi-pro -- a part-time professional athlete
  • mocking -- laughing at; making fun of
  • weakness -- a weak point; slight fault
  • potholes -- deep holes in the surface of a street or road
  • fastball -- a pitch thrown at high speed with very little curve
  • unique -- having no like or equal
  • duo -- pair

Shutting Out the Sky

  • elbow -- to push with the elbow; make your way by pushing
  • luxury -- something pleasant but not necessary
  • crannies -- small, narrow openings; cracks; crevices
  • circumstances -- conditions that accompany an act or event
  • immigrants -- people who come into a country or region to live
  • peddler -- a person who travels about selling things carried in a pack or in a truck, wagon, or cart
  • pushcarts -- light carts pushed by hand
  • advised -- gave advice to; offered an opinion
  • hustled -- hurried along
  • newcomer -- a person who has just come or who came not long ago
  • greenhorn -- a person without training or experience
  • advice -- an opinion about what should be done

Special Effects

  • landscape -- a view of scenery on land
  • reassembled -- came, brought, or put together again
  • spectacular -- making a great display
  • background -- the part of a picture or scene toward the back
  • prehistoric -- belongings to periods before recorded history
  • prototype -- the first or original type or model of anything that is designed or constructed
  • miniature -- reduced image or likeness; done on a small scale
  • boundaries -- limits

St Matthew Island

  • bleached -- whitened by exposure to sunlight or the use of chemicals
  • parasites -- living things that live on or in others, from which they get food, often harming the others in the process
  • suspicions -- beliefs; feelings; thoughts
  • die-off -- to die one after another until all are dead
  • decay -- process of rotting
  • starvation -- suffering from extreme hunger
  • absence -- conditions of being without; lack
  • carcasses -- bodies of dead animals
  • scrawny -- having little flesh; lean; thin; skinny
  • tundra -- a vast, treeless plain in arctic regions
  • nutritious -- valuable as food; nourshing

Stormi Giovanni Club

  • demonstrates -- shows how a thing is done
  • strict -- very careful in following a rule or making others follow it
  • scintillating -- sparkling; flashing
  • combination -- a series of numbers or letters dialed in opening a certain kind of lock
  • profile -- low profile, moderate attitude or position, deliberately chosen in order to avoid notice
  • digressed -- turned aside from the main subject in talking or writing
  • cavities -- hollow places; holes in teeth caused by decay
  • episode -- one part of a story that is published or broadcast in several parts, one at a time
  • audacious -- rudely bold

Stretching Ourselves

  • artificial -- made by human skill or labor; not natural
  • therapist -- a person who specializes in treatment of diseases, injuries, or disorders
  • cerebral palsy -- paralysis caused by damage to the brain before or at birth
  • abdomen -- the part of the body containing the stomach, intestines, and other important organs
  • handicapped -- having a physical or mental disability
  • blender -- an electric kitchen appliance for grinding, mixing, or beating
  • gait -- a manner of walking or running
  • wheelchair -- a chair on wheels, used by people who are sick or who are unable to walk
  • stroke -- a sudden attack of illness, especially one caused by a blood clot or bleeding in the brain

Sweet Music in Harlem

  • bass -- the largest, lowest-sounding stringed instrument in an orchestra or band
  • forgetful -- apt to forget; having a poor memory
  • secondhand -- not new; already used by someone else
  • waitress -- woman who serves or brings food to people in a restaurant
  • fidgety -- restless; uneasy
  • nighttime -- time between evening and morning
  • vibraphone -- musical instrument similar to the xylophone, with metal bars and artifically increased vibration
  • clarinet -- woodwind instrument, having a single mouthpiece with a reed and played with holes and keys
  • jammed -- made music with other musicians without having practiced
  • onstage -- on the part of a stage that the audience can see

Talk with an Astronaut

  • focus -- the central point of attraction, attention, or activity
  • role -- a part played by a person in real life; role model, person whose patterns of behavior influence someone else's actions and beliefs
  • weightlessness -- the condition of being free from the pull of gravity
  • accomplishments -- things that have been done with knowledge, skill, or ability; achievements
  • monitors -- screens connected to a computer, which shows information and instructions
  • inconceivable -- hard to imagine or believe; incredible
  • gravity -- the natural force that causes objects to move or tend to move toward the center of the earth
  • specific -- definite; precise; particular

The Gymnast

  • bluish -- somewhat blue
  • hesitation -- act of failing to act promptly
  • somersault -- to run or jump, turning the heels over the head
  • backflips -- backwards somersaults performed in the air
  • gymnastics -- a sport in which very difficult exercises are performed
  • skidded -- slipped or slid sideways while moving
  • wincing -- drawing back suddenly
  • spindly -- very long and slender
  • cartwheels -- sideways handsprings with the legs and arms kept straight
  • limelight -- center of public attention and interest
  • throbbing -- beating rapidly or strongly
  • solitary -- without companions

The Hindenburg

  • dirigible -- an airship made with a rigid framework. It is filled with gas that is lighter than air.
  • drenching -- wetting thoroughly; soaking
  • hydrogen -- a colorless, odorless gas that burns easily
  • transatlantic -- crossing the Atlantic Ocean
  • cruised -- traveled at the speed at which the vehicle operates best
  • explosion -- act of bursting with a loud noise; blowing up
  • newsreels -- short news stories for a movie audience
  • criticizing -- finding fault with; disapproving of; blaming
  • era -- a period of time or history

Three-Century Woman

  • spectacles -- eyeglasses
  • Alzheimer's -- disease of the brain that causes confusion and gradual loss of memory
  • eerie -- causing fear because of strangeness or weirdness
  • severe -- serious; grave
  • airtime -- specific amount of time in a television, radio, or any broadcast media program
  • pondered -- considered carefully; thought over
  • withered -- lost or caused to lose freshness; made or became dry and lifeless
  • close-up -- picture taken with a camera at close range
  • intersection -- point, line, or place where one thing crosses another

Thunder Rose

  • devastation -- the act of laying waste; destruction
  • resourceful -- good at thinking of ways to do things; quick witted
  • cantankerous -- ready to make trouble; ill-natured
  • branded -- marked by burning the skin with a hot iron
  • pitch -- a thick, black, sticky substance made from tar or turpentine
  • veins -- membranous tubes forming part of the system of vessels that carry blood to the heart
  • constructed -- put together; fitted together; built
  • varmint -- an objectionable animal or person (DIALECT)
  • lullaby -- song for singing to a child; soft song
  • thieving -- stealing
  • daintily -- with delicate beauty; freshly and prettily
  • irascible -- easily made angry


  • debris -- scattered fragments; ruins; rubbish
  • robotic -- of or for a machine with moving parts and sensing devices controlled by a computer
  • ascent -- the act of going up
  • cramped -- shut into a small place
  • ooze -- a soft mud or slime, especially at the bottom of a pond or river or on the ocean bottom
  • sonar -- device for finding the depth of water or for detecting and locating underwater objects
  • viewpoint -- a small window in a small vessel
  • interior -- inner surface or part; inside
  • sediment -- material that settles to the bottom of a liquid
  • intact -- with nothing missing or broken; whole


  • rustling -- causing a light, soft sound of things gently rubbing together
  • innovations -- changes made in the established way of doing things
  • complex -- made up of a number of parts; hard to understand
  • inspired -- filled with a thought or feeling; influenced
  • breakfasting -- eating the first meal of the day
  • civilization -- the ways of living of a people or nations
  • fleeing -- running away
  • strategy -- the skillful planning and management of anything
  • seedlings -- young plants grown from seeds
  • blunders -- stupid mistakes
  • envy -- feeling of discontent; dislike, or desire because another person hs what you want

Wings for the King

  • parapet -- a low wall at the edge of a balcony, roof, or bridge
  • permit -- to let; allow
  • worthless -- without value; good-for-nothing; useless
  • admiringly -- with wonder, pleasure, and approval
  • subject -- person under the power, control, or influence of another
  • reproachfully -- with disapproval
  • scoundrel -- an evil, dishonorable person
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