Lesson plan

Thanksgiving ABC's

Young students like order and categorization. They’ll get both along with reading skills practice in this Thanksgiving-themed alphabetizing lesson!
Grade Subject View aligned standards

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to recognize letters and put them in alphabetical order.

(5 minutes)
  • Call students together.
  • Read Thanksgiving Alphabet: An Amazing Autumn ABC’s Book aloud.
  • Ask students to think about how the book was organized. What did students notice about the book? (Students should notice the letters and alphabetical order it follows.)
(5 minutes)
  • Remind students that alphabetical order is the order the letters of the alphabet go in.
  • Sing the ABC song to help students recall this order.
  • Next show students the letter flashcards. Go through the deck having students identify each letter.
(5 minutes)
  • Mix up the cards and pass out at least one letter flashcard to each student or group of students.
  • Have students lay the letter flashcards out in alphabetical order.
  • Repeat several times if necessary.
  • Pass out the Alphabet Maze to Thanksgiving worksheet to each student.
  • Explain to students that they will be drawing a path through the maze. In order to draw the correct path, they will need to connect the letters in alphabetical order from A to Z. If they can do this, they will get their car to the turkey at the store! Demonstrate how to do this with the letters A-C.
  • Before sending students off to work independently, review any rules for quiet work periods (ex. no talking above a whisper and raising hands for needs when seated).
(10 minutes)
  • Any adults in the room should be circulating, answering questions, and making sure that students are staying focused on the task at hand. It can be helpful to play quiet music in the background as students work. (The alphabet song may be appropriate in this case!)
  • Early finishers can be encouraged to color in the maze or review available Thanksgiving books.
(5 minutes)
  • Remind students that alphabetical order is the order the letters of the alphabet go in.

Support: Post and point out alphabet signs in the classroom as a reference tool. Working in partners can also provide a helpful scaffold. Alternatively, allowing students to trace the maze path with their finger instead of drawing it with a pencil/pen can be a helpful adaptation to the lesson.

Enrichment: Encourage students to complete the alphabet maze backwards, tracing over each letter of the alphabet as they complete the maze.

(5 minutes)
  • Take anecdotal notes of student enthusiasm and participation during group discussions as possible indicators of their knowledge about letters, alphabetizing, and early literacy skills.
  • Review student alphabet mazes, noting completion and alphabetical order organization.
(5 minutes)
  • Call students back together.
  • Discuss students’ experiences with the maze: Was it easy? Were any parts tricky? Did everyone make it from the car to the shop?
  • Conclude by singing the ABC song.

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