Teacher Review For Starfall ABCs

This is a great app to use with ELL students in the early grades. It's great for building their English vocabulary.

Debra P.
Classroom teacher
PS 93
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My Grades 1
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
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
Student-driven work
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Starfall ABC with my first grade ELL students. It not only teaches them the letter sound correspondence in English it is fantastic at teaching the English names on things that students need to acquire. My students have worked individually and in partnerships with this app successfully.
My Take
This is a great product because it is so engaging. The animations and the clear pronunciation of the letter sounds mixed with the variety of presentation of letters and sounds keeps children coming back to the practice of letters and sounds with enthusiasm. This app does the triple duty of teaching letters, the sounds they spell and the teaching the vital vocabulary this population needs to acquire English. I have seen this app improve reading and speaking with my ELL students across the school year.