This section provides different tools, including videos, lesson plans, and guides, that will help you make the best use of ABRA with your class.
These in-depth guides provide detailed information on using ABRA, including tool activities, best practices, tested classroom management suggestions, and information on the assessment module (for tracking student progress in ABRA).
Country-specific guides help teachers use ABRA to meet their specific curriculum requirements.
UK Edition Kenya 2nd Edition North American Edition
These lesson plans provide information and ideas for activities that help build and reinforce skills targeted in ABRA.
Sounds, Letters, and Words (Alphabetics)
Understanding the Story (Comprehension)
Teachers can use the LTK Manage feature to support their classroom management. For example, teachers can retrieve and modify students’ nicknames and passwords so they can more easily sign into the tool. Also, teachers can link other teachers and students to their classes to share information. To learn more, please refer to this guide: Quick Tips.
The Teacher Assessment feature allows teachers to monitor students’ progress within the tool and identify which students are experiencing difficulty. Teachers are able to use the assessment tool to generate a report for each activity. Information provided in these reports will include: time spent on activities, errors made, and stories read.
Avatar and Group Work
ABRACADABRA (ABRA) can be used very successfully with pairs or groups of three children (the maximum size we recommend).
When working in groups, we suggest making sure each child has an avatar, a picture chosen by the child to represent her or himself. Children select avatars by clicking the My Profile button on the ABRA home page. Many different avatars are available.
Before starting to work in pairs or small groups, one child should log in, making sure her or his avatar is displayed. Then, the next child will click on the Add User button and enter her/his log-in information. This child’s avatar should then appear on the bottom of the home page screen. The third child user will repeat this process, clicking on the button, logging in, and seeing the avatar displayed. Note that only three avatars can be displayed at any given time.
When students take turns working on an activity, they can click on their avatar at the bottom of the screen, which will then display them as the active user.
ABRA with other LTK+ Tools
There are other LTK+ tools that can support students’ acquisition of literacy skills.
ePEARL, an electronic portfolio, has a built-in connection to ABRA, which allows students to record their readings and/or to create original content inspired by the ABRA stories. Students can also set goals and reflect on their work. Both teachers and parents can provide feedback on ePEARL work. To explore how ePEARL can best support the skills targeted in ABRA, please read this document:Using ABRA and ePEARL Together.
READS provides a number of additional stories that can be used in classrooms. We suggest using this resource to help students further develop their comprehension strategies and writing skills.