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Sunday, August 19, 2012

ABC Order and Guide Words - Freebie

One of our skills for this week is learning to use a dictionary to determine word meaning. My kiddos have to learn to use alphabetical order before they can look up a word, so I made this activity to use in a small/whole group. I'll probably put it in a literacy station next week.

Give each group of students a set of word cards that all start with the same letter. I printed each set in a different color of card stock so it would be easier to manage when I'm handing out the materials. The groups work to put the words in alphabetical order. I have eight words in each group. Each group can be broken down into two different groups. Once the students have put the words in alphabetical order, they have to determine which set of guide words will contain each group of words. But be careful! They may not all fit!


  1. Thank you for sharing! This will be another great resource in my classroom!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  2. I love getting all your freebies in my mailbox. Thanks so much for sharing all your ideas. I really appreciate you (something teachers don't hear often enough)! Hope you have a great year!


  3. Thank you for this ABC order/guide word freebie. My kiddos will enjoy it :)
    Stories by Storie

  4. Thanks, Mary! This is perfect for my kiddos! We just did this skill last week...& still need to practice! Thanks for sharing!

    Primary Inspired

  5. Thank you for sharing this activity. My kiddos definitely need some extra work on this skill.

    1. Glad you could use it, Nancy! Have a great weekend.