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Alphabet Names

Students will love using their own names as they learn about alphabetical order in this fun lesson!
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Students will be able to sort words into alphabetical order.

(5 minutes)
  • Gather the class for the start of the lesson.
  • Ask them to sing along with you as you sing the ABC song.
  • Explain to your students that today, they'll be learning how to use the alphabet in a new way. Describe how people can use alphabetical order to put words in sequence by their first letter.
(5 minutes)
  • Display the word cards you prepared for this lesson on the board. Read each word aloud with the class.
  • Model thinking aloud as you find the word with the letter that starts closest to the beginning of the alphabet (as, a, am would all work well).
  • Demonstrate how to move that word card to the beginning of a word list. Continue to move the remaining word cards into an alphabetical order list as you explain to the class what you are doing.
(10 minutes)
  • Write the letters of the alphabet on the whiteboard (or use an existing letter chart if you have one displayed already).
  • Pass out a blank index card to each student and ask them to write their name on the card.
  • Point to the letter A and ask students if their name begins with an A.
  • Instruct students to put their name under the correct letter of the alphabet. If two student names begin with the same letter, explain to the class how to look at the second letter in the name when sorting into alphabetical order.
  • Continue with the remaining letters of the alphabet.
  • Review alphabetical order with the class using their names as examples.
(15 minutes)
  • Pass out the Alphabet Order worksheet and have students complete it independently.


  • Provide struggling students with an alphabet chart to support them during independent work time.


  • For advanced students, provide an additional list of words to put in alphabetical order.
  • Have students sort books from the classroom library into alphabetical order.
(5 minutes)
  • Assess student understanding during the guided practice and independent work portions of the lesson by circulating around the room and noting which students are having trouble understanding the concept of alphabetization.
  • Ask students to trade their worksheets with a partner to check their work.
(5 minutes)
  • Review how to sort words into alphabetical order by adding 2-3 additional sight words to the word list used in the beginning of the lesson.
  • Answer student questions as needed.

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