This activity is suitable for lessons with young learners and various ABC parties in primary school, great to use both with groups and individual learners.
Should it be quiet in the library?!
Tell the students that the school library has moved to a new room and all the books were mixed up. Now they need to help the librarian arrange the books in alphabetical order. Divide students into pairs or mini-groups, give them bookshelves with several books inside, and mix up all the missing ones. Each team has their own bookcase, where they need to clean up, correctly placing the books on the shelves (sets of books can be all the same or different). Those who cope with it faster and better, get the title of the best librarians of the day/week/year.
Books can be arranged in the following ways:
- fill the empty shelves with books in alphabetical order;
- there are already a few books on the shelves (…D…G...J...M…O...RS...) and the kids need to fill the empty space with the missing books BEFORE and AFTER each one (you can start and finish with any letter, for example: in the example above, have the children correctly arrange the books C,E,F,H,I,K,L,N,P,Q,T);
- arrange books by pairs: capital + small in various combinations (see above);
- put 2-3 books on each shelf in alphabetical order, and the children need to logically continue the series (e.g.: there are E F G and they have to fill the remaining space on the shelf with H I J books or complete L l M m N n row with O and o books, etc. Do the same with other shelves);
- there isn't always the name of the book (or the author's name) starting with every letter of the alphabet, the books must be in order. Therefore, the most difficult option is to fill the bookcase with 10-12 books, where some letters are missing (for example: b e f h j l p q s w y).
For more advanced young learners:
- young writers at a meeting with their readers.
Everyone chooses a book, comes up with its name, short contests or a little story about his new book and presents it to the fans, practicing the well-known grammatical structures and vocabulary (e.g. Letter P book - This book is about Peter the Dog. He is brave and strong. He has got big clever eyes, a wet nose, four legs and a long brown tale. He can run fast. He likes bones etc).
Readers can ask tricky questions in order to learn more about the book and decide to buy it or not. In large classes, it is better to organize the work in small groups where everyone will be in the role of the writer and the reader.
☛ The set includes the bookcase with empty shelves and books with capital and lowercase letters.
☛ You can print smaller ones and use them to create lapbooks or interactive notebooks in the classroom.
☛ To make the materials last longer, print them on a cardstock, laminate, glue a strip of Velcro on every shelf, play and enjoy!
☛ Books can also be used for matching and memory game.
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