By Amy Rudd, Verizon Education Blogger
As I was hunting for more great lessons from ReadWriteThink, I found Alphabetizing with Original Stories, which will go well with the ABC unit that I will use to start the school year. First, I'll gather my many ABC books for students to use as resources in our inquiry.
My ABC Concept Book List and some interesting notes on the authors:
- A Was Once an Apple Pie by Edward Lear Adapted and Illustrated by Suse MacDonald
- Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
- Alphabet Mystery by Audrey and Bruce Wood
- Chica Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
- Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky
- The Z was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg
- 26 Letters and 99 Cents by Tana Hoban
Then I'll introduce them to the Alphabetizing with Original Stories interactive from ReadWriteThink. I like how this lesson allows students to clip pictures and insert them in the alphabet organizer (which is interactive on the site and can be saved).
Here's a picture of an example I started in the alphabet organizer:
The organizer is user friendly allowing for letters, words, pictures, and descriptions to be saved while one makes a class ABC book (if desired). It will also allow for a copy of the book to be printed when completed (each letter on a single page or as an organizer). I love this organizer! The lesson, Alphabetizing with Original Stories, can engage students in a variety of ways and can be tailored for a whole class, small groups, or individuals. Thank you for this great resource ReadWriteThink! And, even though it is listed as K-2, older students also may benefit from an inquiry project on the topic of their choice.
This lesson has the option to be adaptable for content area study as well. I think it could be used to study specific parts of speech - like all nouns or all verbs in ABC order.
The standards that could be addressed with this work are as follows:
- Writing 1.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects.
- Speaking and Listening SL 1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about topics and texts with peers and adults in small or larger groups.
- Language 1.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar when writing or speaking.
Now *sing* ...H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, and Z...exploring this lesson was fun for me!
How could you use this lesson to be alphabetically organized? Are there any additional books you might suggest to add to our ABC Concept Book List (above)?