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Alphabetize for a Reason


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  • Arts & Humanities


K-2, 3-5

Brief Description

This lesson is designed to show students how to organize information by using the alphabet.


Students will
  • use alphabetical order to organize material;
  • alphabetize with the first, second, and third letters of a set of words;
  • discover applications for alphabetical order.


alphabet, order, library, card catalog

Materials Needed

  • index cards
  • markers
  • paper
  • a few library books
  • card catalog
  • dictionary
  • telephone book

Lesson Plan

In the activities suggested in the lesson Alphabetize for a Reason, students review and practice the skill of using alphabetical order. Ten suggested exercises include lining up by first or last name, using the phone book and dictionary, and organizing library books. The lesson is part of the The Big 6 Web site.


All the activities fully engage the group and can be evaluated through teacher observation.

Lesson Plan Source

The Big 6

National Standards


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Originally published 04/12/2002
Last updated 10/31/2007