How To Teach Alphabetic Order To Your Kids

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Teaching kids how to put words into alphabetic order is just one of the many grammar skills we introduce to students in the primary grades. Use the activities in this blogpost to teach alphabetic order to your students. Most of the activities are printable. Want a digital option? Scroll down in this blogpost.

Grammar Teaching Objectives

In the Alphabetic Order (ABC Order) activities, students will:

  • be introduced to alphabetizing words to the first, second, and third letters.
  • practice putting words (to the first, second, and third letters) in alphabetic order.

Materials For Alphabetic Order Activities

Here are the files you’ll need for these activities:

Hands-On Activities
Task Cards

How To Use the Alphabetic Order Grammar Activities


  1. Pre-Assessment – The assessments can be used to pre-assess your students to find out what they know about putting words into alphabetic order. Look closely at the assessments and choose the one that you want to use. Some require students to alphabetize words by the first letter only, some to the second letter, and some to the third letter.
  2. Formative Assessment – You can also use the assessments or activities as a formative assessment to see what students have learned about ABC order and what else you need to teach them.
  3. Summative Assessment – After your students have learned about alphabetic order and you’ve completed a number of activities, provide students with the appropriate assessment to see if they’ve mastered your lessons.

Hands-On Activities and Task Cards

  1. Language Arts Program – Use the alphabetic order hands-on activities and task cards as part of your regular language arts program. Kids can work independently or in small groups to complete the activities.
  2. Learning Center – Place the hands-on alphabetic order activities and task cards in a learning center. Students can practice putting words in alphabetic order as one of the activities they complete at a learning center.
  3. Bell Work Activity – Students can complete the task cards on their own or with a partner when they enter the classroom to begin their school day. Providing students with bell work gets them engaged and learning the moment they walk into the classroom.
  4. Early Finishers – If you have students that are always finished their work before the majority of the class, have them complete the alphabetic order activities and task cards. These activities will keep your early finishers busy and allow them to practice their alphabetizing skills at the same time.


  1. Introduce Skill – Worksheets are a great way to introduce students to a new skill. Every student can be completing their own worksheet as you work through the process with the class or with a small group of students.
  2. Practice – Give students alphabetic order worksheets to practice the different alphabetic skills until they have reached mastery.
  3. Homework – Worksheets are an easy way to provide students with homework practice. Send the worksheet home that matches the skill the students are mastering – alphabetizing to the first, second and/or third letter.

Differentiation Ideas

You can differentiate the activities by:

  • demonstrating the activities to students before assigning the activities to students.
  • providing your students with different grammar activities, worksheets, and assessments.
  • reducing or increasing the number of activities/worksheets that students need to complete.
  • assigning a partner to students who need extra support.
  • adjusting the expectations to meet the individual needs of your students.
  • building in breaks if needed by students.
  • allowing students to complete activities over multiple sessions.

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ABC Order Digital Vocabulary Activities

PLEASE NOTE: These activities are meant to be used with Google Slides™. You need a Google™ account (free) to download and use the Google Slides™ student edition version.

  1. Click on one of the student edition resources above.
  2. When prompted, click ‘Make a Copy.’
  3. Choose the slides you want your students to practice.
  4. Share the slides with your students.

Grammar Activities

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  • abbreviations, ABC order, adjectives, adverbs, antonyms, articles
  • categories, compound words, conjunctions, contractions
  • homonyms
  • nouns
  • parts of speech, prefixes, prepositions, pronouns
  • rhyming words, root words
  • suffixes, syllables, synonyms
  • verbs

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