Alphabetical Order Lesson Plan


There are two alphabetical order lesson plans below, one for use with an interactive whiteboard and the other for use with a computer suite or individual computers / tablets. There are links to printable resources that can help you extend the lesson, use them with Little Mo’s alphabetical order reading game.

Interactive Whiteboard Lesson

Overview

The alphabetical order reading game is required for this interactive whiteboard lesson plan.

  • 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

The following resources are required for this alphabetical order lesson plan. Alphabetical order reading game, interactive whiteboard, small individual whiteboards with pens or paper and pencils

Learning Objectives for the Lesson

This lesson plan helps to secure alphabetic letter knowledge and alphabetical order

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher to explain to the class that for this lesson they will be practising the alphabet.
  • Ask the class to chant the alphabet from ‘a’ to ‘g’ several times (if pupils are uncertain about this, teacher could write these letters on the whiteboard to help).
  • Teacher to load ‘Alphabetical Order: a to g’ on to the interactive whiteboard and read the instructions to the class.
  • Teacher to start the 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.
  • Class to identify the word starting with the letter ‘a’. 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 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. As the lesson progresses encourage the whole class to participate until all 15 words have been correctly put into alphabetical order.
  • Teaching assistant could work with less able pupils, helping them to identify the next correct word by chanting the alphabet from ‘a’ to ‘g’.

PLENARY

Using their small whiteboards and pens, or paper and pencil, ask pupils to write out the alphabet from ‘a’ to ‘g’ (more able pupils could write a word for each letter, less able can be assisted by teaching assistant). Whole class to chant alphabet from ‘a’ to ‘g’.

Literacy Homework

On prepared strips (A4 pdf) of paper, ask pupils to write out the alphabet from ‘a’ to ‘g’.

Find more alphabetical order lesson plans…

Further versions of this alphabetical order lesson plan are available at Club Roy. Including - letters h to n, letters o to z and two versions which cover the complete alphabet from a to z.


Individual Computer, iPad or Computer Suite Lesson

Overview

Please see the following points for an overview of the individual computer / iPad lesson plan.

  • 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

Alphabetical order reading game, interactive whiteboard, individual computers, prepared words (A4 pdf) on paper, prepared worksheet (A4 pdf) for homework

Learning Objectives for the lesson

This lesson plan aims to help secure alphabetic letter knowledge and alphabetical order

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher to explain to the class that they will be practising the alphabet.
  • Ask the class to chant the alphabet from ‘a’ to ‘g’ several times (if pupils are uncertain about this, teacher could write these letters on the whiteboard to help).
  • Teacher to load ‘Alphabetical Order: a to g’ on to the interactive whiteboard and read the instructions to the class.
  • Teacher to start the 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.
  • Class to identify the word starting with the letter ‘a’. 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 it will undo the last word they dragged.
  • Ask the 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 iPads or 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 g’ reading game is ready to play on pupils’ iPads / computers.
  • Teacher and teaching assistant to move around the computers / iPads 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 extra words. Pupils to take turns using a word processing programme to type the extra words into an alphabetically ordered list. Teacher and teaching assistant to assist with loading the word processor programme.

PLENARY

Chant alphabet from ‘a’ to ‘g’. Ask pupils to call out any word beginning with ‘a’, then a ‘b’ and so on up to ‘g’.

Literacy Homework

Ask pupils to draw a picture for each letter of the alphabet from ‘a’ to ‘g’ on prepared worksheets (A4 pdf). Less able pupils to draw pictures for each letter of the alphabet from ‘a’ to ‘d’ on prepared worksheets (A4 pdf).