Teacher Review For ABCya!

Quick, fun learning games

Michelle K.
Instructional Technology Specialist
South Western School District
Hanover, PA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
"In the classroom, I would have ABCya! as an option during center time. Depending on the skill we are practicing, I would assign a game or games for students to use for a specified amount of time. Creating a score sheet for students to record their best time or best score is an option that will make this work for small groups. From time to time, the games are used with the interactive whiteboard, so students can participate whole group. Or the interactive whiteboard is used as a center where students can play the game together as a team. I would recommend this site for all elementary teachers, as there are so many options that everyone will be able to find something that can be used by their students. It's important to realize that the site is not going to be teaching the material, it is merely for practice and reinforcement. Also, there is no reporting option with the site, as there is no way to create accounts for students."
My Take
"The ABCya! website has a nice variety of learning games for grades K-5. The games are skill based, with engaging characters and colorful presentation. Each game has simple directions with different skill levels. Some games advance in skill level, while others allow the player to choose a level at the beginning. There are games for math and language arts, as well as some holiday fun too. One activity that was less game like is the friendly letter creator for grades 3, 4, 5. This activity shows the parts of a friendly letter and then has input screens for students to create their own. Another non-game based activity that is nice is the estorybook. Mostly available in the grades K, 1, and 2 category, these books have audio narration with word to word highlighting as it plays. I really liked the introductory Spanish to English or English to Spanish activities. These teach basic vocabulary words in a fun way. The games and activities are flash based, so not available using a web browser on a tablet for the most part. The site does have learning apps, for $.99 - $1.99 each."