How I Use It
I have a very limited amount of software available to me and do not have money to purchase "full versions" of websites. I use Abcya with grades K-4 in my Technology class to give students a chance to practice their math and literacy skills. They also have time to work on the holiday activities or various games. My primary students (K-2) seem to enjoy the site more than the older students and consider it their "favorite." But all grades get excited when I tell them they will have some time to play and create on Abcya.
Abcya is an engaging website for students in grades K-5. It has math, literacy, art, critical thinking, games, and holiday activities. This my "go to" website for all of my students when I have extra time at the end of a lesson. For my Kindergarten students, it serves the purpose of teaching them how to use a mouse and the basics of using a computer while playing fun games and creating interesting art. Student favorites are the Holiday Lights, Carve a Pumpkin, Create a Car, and Drop Sum. I have played many of the games and the critical thinking games are some of my favorite for students to try. Favorites are Sugar, Sugar, Letter Blocks, Thanksgiving Challenge, and Trick or Treat. I also like to use Abcya's tool Word Clouds. It is similar to Wordle, but a little easier for the kids to use.
The upsides are the variety of activities and tools available on this site for each grade level. It is extremely hard to find a website that includes this many options for free. Students do NOT need to log in or an email address to play any of the games. This makes set up super easy!
The downsides are the advertisements. The students accidentally click on them and then have a difficult time figuring out how to get out of it.