Teacher Review for Starfall

Easy to navigate website for primary students

A H.
Classroom teacher
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Teacher-led lessons
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use it for students' independent work in the computer lab and in the classroom. I also used many of their songs during my mini lessons for phonics. I also encouraged parents to have their children use it at home to practice skills, read books, etc.. There are a variety of activities at different levels so the website can meet individual student needs.
My Take
Starfall is bright, colorful, and high interest. It's also easy for inexperienced computer users to navigate. Because students can use it independent I often have them use it while I am working with small groups elsewhere in the room. I also have parents tell me that their child enjoys the songs, stories, and games at home. So I made it a choice on their homework contract that students will enjoy and learn from. There are also printable worksheets that go along with the phonics skills taught. These can be used for practice, or assessment.