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Review of the Teacher Resource Site ABCteach

written by: Marlene Gundlach • edited by: Wendy Finn • updated: 9/11/2012

The site ABCteach boasts 5,000+ free printables and worksheets and over 20,000 for members. Is it worth checking out? And what about becoming a member -- find out if I think it's worthwhile after using it extensively to give you a true picture...

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    Site Offerings

    When you first visit the site at ABCteach, you are met with a huge listing of topics that organize their offerings. These include:

    • subjects
    • reading comprehension
    • research/reports
    • teaching extras
    • portfolios
    • flashcards
    • fun activities
    • clip art
    • holidays, months, & seasons
    • theme units
    • think green, teach green
    • learning centers
    • PreK-early childhood
    • middle school/junior high
    • languages/ESL

    As you can see, this site covers everything imaginable, starting with early childhood up through junior high. When you click on one of the categories, you are taken to a page with sub-directories for that particular topic. For example under teaching extras, you will find a sub-directory that contains things like alphabet letter patterns, book report forms, calendars, and newsletter forms. Once you select one of the topics in the sub-directory, you are taken to another page listing the specific pages offered along with a brief description of each. This is useful in helping you better decide which pages are the best match for what you are looking for. Once you find a page that fits what you are looking for, you can click on it and it will bring that page up in a separate window. The page will be in pdf form and is ready to save to your desktop or print.

    Under the extensive lists of topics, you will see a yellow banner that reads "Handwriting Generators". This is such a great tool when teaching children to write. Clicking on the banner will take you to a list of various options. Members can choose their style of writing and then create their own handwriting sheet by putting in what words or letters to practice. This allows you to put in spelling words or words from a theme you may be studying, very handy! There are also printable worksheets for free that include practice pages as well as various types of blank writing paper for you to print and use.

    One last section is titled "abctools" and allows you to make your own documents. This offering is for members only, but you can sample some of it for free. Here you can use their on-line tools to create custom documents to fit your needs. Here you can create custom:

    • ABC sorts
    • handwriting worksheets
    • shapebooks
    • word walls
    • word searches
    • word unscrambles
    • crossword puzzles
    • math worksheets
    • sudoku puzzles
    • word shapes
    • spelling lists
    • missing letters
    • circle & spell
    • bingo games

    Each of these does offer to let you try one for free. When you choose this option, your choices are limited, but it does give you an idea of all you can do with a membership.

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    Membership

    Membership rates to access the full offerings of abcteach include:

    • $40 per year for an individual or groups of 2-9
    • $35 per year for groups of 10-29
    • $25 per year from groups of 30 or more
    • You can also get special pricing for a group of 100 more

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    Conclusion

    This site is chock full of free tools for teachers, teachers cannot pass up free! I think their membership is very reasonable for all they offer. Being able to build custom worksheets is such an invaluable option. No more scrounging through idea books to find just the right page to match what you are teaching, you can choose your tool and customize it to fit your class' needs. This site is worth checking out.

Useful Teacher Resource Sites

Here is a listing of sites that offer a lot of free teaching resources. They are all worth checking out.
  1. Classroom Support From Scholastic.com
  2. Review of the Teacher Resource Site ABCteach
  3. Review of Nancy Kean's Children's Literature Webpage
  4. Review of KidsReads.com

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