May 25, 2017
by Jasmine Gibson

Lesson plan

Alphabetical Order

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Students will understand how to put words into alphabetical order.

(5 minutes)
  • Gather the class for the start of the lesson.
  • Begin to write the alphabet on the whiteboard.
  • Say, “Today we will practice using the letters of the alphabet to sort words in a different way. We are going to learn how to alphabetize. This means to sort things by the order of the letters in a word. Sometimes we also call this putting things into alphabetical order.
(5 minutes)
  • Display the picture books you chose for this lesson lined up against the whiteboard or the wall. Make sure that each title is visible to the class.
  • Read through the titles with the class, pausing to notice the first and second letters in each title.
  • Model finding the title that starts with the closest letter to (or the letter) A by thinking aloud as you re-read each of the book titles.
  • Demonstrate moving the book to the front of the line of books.
  • Continue to move the remaining books into an alphabetical order list as you explain to the class what you are doing.
  • Pause to discuss what to do when two books begin with the same letter (look at the second letter in the word).
(10 minutes)
  • Write the letters of the alphabet on the whiteboard (or use an existing letter chart if you have one displayed already).
  • Pair students up into groups and pass out a picture book to each student pair.
  • Ask students to put their book under the correct letter of the alphabet. If two book titles begin with the same letter, review how to look at the second letter in the title when sorting into alphabetical order.
(15 minutes)
  • Pass out the Order It Bookstore worksheet and have students complete the worksheet independently.
  • Support: Invite struggling students to use the whiteboard alphabet chart (used during guided practice) to support them during independent work time.

  • Enrichment: Have advanced students gather additional books from the classroom library and place them in alphabetical order.
(5 minutes)
  • During both the guided practice portion and independent work portions of the lesson assess students’ understanding by observing students as they sort books and complete the worksheet.
  • When finished, students compare their worksheets with a partner.
(5 minutes)
  • Review alphabetical order by adding two to three additional picture books to the collection used in the beginning of the lesson.
  • Answer student questions as needed.

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