Reading Games Lesson Plan: Alphabetical Order a to z

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- Interactive Whiteboard Lesson Plan
- Individual Computer Lesson Plan
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Interactive Whiteboard Lesson Plan

Overview

  • Read the words given on the 'word plant'
  • Click and drag the words into the box in their correct alphabetical order
  • Answers are automatically marked
  • Repeat for all words until reading game is complete

Context of Lesson

To read and arrange given words into alphabetical order

Resources Required

Interactive whiteboard, small individual whiteboards with pens or paper and pencils, small cards (A4 pdf) showing letters 'a' to 'z'

Learning Objectives

  • To secure alphabetic letter knowledge and alphabetic order

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher to explain to class that they will be practicing the alphabet.
  • Teacher to choose 10 small alphabet cards (A4 pdf) at random from 'a' to 'z', and hand out to selected pupils. Ask them to come to the front of the class, say the letter name of their card and give a word beginning with that letter e.g. 'a' is for 'ant' etc.
  • Ask pupils with the cards to arrange themselves into alphabetical order. Other pupils to check if they are correct. This could be played again with other pupils and cards if time allows.
  • Teacher to load 'Alphabetical Order: a to z' on to the interactive whiteboard and read the instructions to the class. Explain that Little Mo needs help with her special word plant because all the words are in the wrong alphabetical order.
  • Teacher to start game and ask pupils to read all the words on the 'word plant'. When this has been done, show pupils the alphabet strip along the bottom of the reading game. Explain to the pupils that they can use the alphabet strip to help them order the words correctly.
  • Teacher to ask pupils which word should come first alphabetically. Teacher to model clicking and dragging the word into the top line of the box.
  • Explain to pupils that if they go wrong they can click on the bird and and it will undo the last word they dragged.
  • Continue with the reading game, selecting pupils to come to the interactive whiteboard and choose the correct word, clicking and dragging it into the box. Encourage the whole class to participate until all 15 words have been correctly ordered.
  • Teaching assistant could sit beside less able pupils and encourage them to use the alphabet strip to look for the next word.
  • PLENARY: Sit pupils in a circle with small individual whiteboards and pens (or paper and pencils). Teacher to shuffle alphabet cards and sit in the middle of the circle. Select a pupil to choose a card from the pile. Ask class to write a word starting with that letter and to say what letter will come next. Put card back to the bottom of the pile and play again.

Literacy Homework

Ask pupils to choose any letter (other than 'z') of the alphabet and write three words that start with that letter and then three words that start with the NEXT letter of the alphabet.
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Individual Computer / Computer Suite Lesson Plan

Overview

  • Read the words given on the 'word plant'
  • Click and drag the words into the box in their correct alphabetical order
  • Answers are automatically marked
  • Repeat for all words until reading game is complete

Context of Lesson

To read and arrange given words into alphabetical order

Resources Required

Interactive whiteboard, individual computers, prepared muddled up letters (A4 pdf), word processing programme

Learning Objectives

  • To secure alphabetic letter knowledge and alphabetic order

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher to explain to class that they will be practicing the alphabet.
    Teacher to select pupils by the first letter of their first name. Ask the pupils to come to the front of the class and organize themselves into alphabetical order.
  • When the above is done, chant or sing the alphabet from 'a' to 'z'.
  • Teacher to load 'Alphabetical Order: a to z' on to the interactive whiteboard and read the instructions to the class. Explain that Little Mo is very upset because she doesn't know her alphabet and can't sort out her 'word plant'. The pupils are going to help her.
  • Teacher to start game and ask pupils to read all the words on the 'word plant'. When this has been done, show pupils the alphabet strip along the bottom of the reading game. Explain to the pupils that they can use the alphabet strip to help them order the words correctly.
  • Teacher to ask pupils which word should come first alphabetically. Teacher to model clicking and dragging the word into the top line of the box.
  • Explain to pupils that if they go wrong they can click on the bird and and it will undo the last word they dragged.
  • Ask class to suggest which word will be next, reminding them about alphabetical order.
    Explain to pupils that they will now play the reading game on their computers working with a partner. Pupils to take turns in using the mouse and reading the words.
  • Teacher and teaching assistant to ensure that the 'Alphabetical Order: a to z' reading game is ready to play on pupils' computers.
  • Teacher and teaching assistant to move around computers giving support where necessary, encouraging turn taking and correct reading of words.
  • Teacher to explain that pupils who have finished the reading game can come and collect some 'muddled up' letters (A4 pdf).
  • Pupils to take turns using a word processing programme to type the letters into an alphabetically ordered list.
  • Teacher and teaching assistant to assist with loading the word processor programme.
  • PLENARY: As for the start of the lesson, teacher to select another group of pupils and ask them to arrange themselves into alphabetical order using the first letter of their first name (this can also be played with the more able pupils, using the first letter of their surname).

Literacy Homework

Ask pupils to choose any letter of the alphabet and write three words beginning with that letter, and then three words that start with the letter that comes BEFORE the letter they have chosen.
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Alphabetical Order a to z
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