Teacher Review for Starfall ABCs

Alphabet fun for ELL students!

Jess T.
ELL teacher
Westside Elementary Norfolk, Nebraska
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My Subjects English-Language Learning
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used this app within my ELL classroom many times. It is a great introduction and practice of letter identification and sounds. I have used it with my students as one of the stations they go to during rotations during independent work time. Even my non-English students are able to follow the cues that the app provides, to get to the next stage. There are also alphabet and phonics songs, and even some holiday games that students can play. My only suggestion would be to have the ability for the students to speak and record themselves saying the letter names and sounds. Overall, this is a great early literacy program for my beginning ELL students.
My Take
Starfall ABCs is an excellent app to be used for young students, or ELL students just learning the language. It is a great introduction to letter names and sounds. It also introduces some basic vocabulary with videos, photographs, and songs. I especially appreciate how cues are given to students, to help them move on in the app. A speaking aspect of the app would be beneficial, especially for ELL students. Overall, this is a great tool in my classroom for introduction and practice of alphabet and phonics skills.