Learning how to alphabetize is an important early reference skill that allows students to use a dictionary to check word meanings and spellings. It also allows them to use glossaries, directories, find items located in a store, and eventually have the skills to create their own organized lists.
This resource includes sixteen printable student pages for practicing alphabetical order to the first letter. Each page has two lists of words that students alphabetize by writing the words on the lines provided. There are five words within each word list to alphabetize. The words are grouped in categories such as clothing, insects, or something else. The letters of the alphabet are printed across the top of the page to assist students with writing the words in alphabetical order.
Pocket chart cards are included to accompany every printable student page. These could be used as an alphabetical order sorting center or a word category center on a pocket chart. I recommend printing these on cardstock paper. The word cards could also be used as a teaching tool by taping them to the whiteboard to guide students through the activity.
Answer keys are included so that the teacher can check work quickly. The answer keys could also be used for students to check their work independently.
The topics included are:
1. Musical Instruments
3. School Supplies
4. Names (CVC)
5. Names (CVCe)
6. Parts of the Body
7. Animal Sounds
11. Compound Words
This file is ideal for first graders that are beginning to alphabetize. Use one every day for over three weeks to complete your alphabetical order unit or pull a sheet out when you are teaching insects, mammals, compound words, and so forth.