ABRACADABRA, A Balanced Reading Approach for Children Always Designed to Achieve Best Results for All, is a highly interactive, early literacy web-based tool that supports beginning readers through 33 engaging activities linked to 20 stories of different kinds.
ABRACADABRA (ABRA) is guided by a multidisciplinary team of education professionals. Building on the best available evidence for teaching literacy skills, the tool offers a balanced program of instruction.
Several stories are embedded in ABRA, but users can also access READS, a repository of over 700 free digital stories in 34 different languages. They have been catalogued by theme, genre, reading level, country of origin, format, and language.
Empirical studies show that ABRA is highly effective. An average student exposed to the tool for about 24 hours performed at a higher level on all reading-related skills than students who didn’t use the tool.
Over years ABRACADABRA has been used by thousands of students from countries around the world including:
* United Kingdom
* and others.
A Balanced Literacy Approach
ABRACADABRA (ABRA) activities support four key literacy skills: alphabetics, fluency, comprehension, and writing. These skills have been identified by researchers, including the National Reading Panel, as being foundational for success in literacy.
Alphabetics: This skill refers to the ability to associate sounds with letters and then to use those sounds to create words. Children need frequent opportunities to practice sounds and words in order to make gains in fluency and comprehension as well.
ABRA offers 17 activities for practicing important alphabetic subskills such as syllable counting, auditory blending, rhyme matching, letter sound search, and auditory segmenting.
Fluency: This skill refers to the ability to read a text out loud accurately, at the proper speed, and with expression. Fluent readers are able to decode the words in a text quickly, and thus can concentrate on the meaning. ABRA fluency activities help children recognize high frequency words (those used often in texts), practice reading with expression, and improve their reading accuracy and speed.
Comprehension: This skill targets reading for meaning, i.e. comprehension, which is the goal of learning how to read. ABRA helps children develop comprehension skills through evidence-proven techniques such as sequencing, summarizing, and predicting events in a story as well as responding to questions about a text.
Writing: This skill addresses the use of letters and words to create sentences and texts for others to read, so that children can learn important lessons about communication. ABRA provides activities to help children spell words and write out sentences correctly.
Are you curious about ABRACADABRA, but don’t yet have access to the tool? You can request access to our demo version by filling out this form.