with a sample word list!
Note: Although this activity is designed for the grade levels above, it can also be used as a remediation or enrichment activity at any grade level with an appropriate word list.
- Foundational Skills
Whether organizing notes in an outline, looking up a word in the index of a book, or finding a document on your laptop, putting letters and words in ABC order is a necessary skill.
In grades 2, 3, 4, and 5, students continue to practice and expand on the alphabetic principle by alphabetizing words by the first, second, and more beginning letters.
How to teach: Teachers often assign weekly alphabetizing tasks using words from their students’ spelling and vocabulary word lists. Alphabetize turns this ordinary spelling and vocabulary assignment into an engaging activity.
When a word is dropped into the wrong spot, the student gets immediate feedback. Students continue to work until they have successfully put all the words in alphabetical order. Students can choose from two different scenes for this game. The younger students may prefer to have Jojo, the monkey holding up their list. The older students can just see the list without Jojo.
For first graders and some second graders, provide an alphabet chart so students can refer to it when alphabetizing a group of words. For students in grades 3-5, place a timer in your literacy center so students can either time themselves or compete with a partner to see how quickly they can alphabetize their assigned words.