A to Z, Please!

Contributor: Jennifer Blanchard. Lesson ID: 13446

You know your ABC’s and 1-2-3’s! Now, how do we put those together so the ABC’s are in 1-2-3 order? Let's find out!


Grammar, Phonics

English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Read or listen to each of the riddles below and try to guess the letter!

  • How many did you guess correctly?

You can check out these and more Fun Alphabet Riddles for Kids from Kids World Fun.

It looks like you know your alphabet!

In this lesson, you will learn more about the order of the letters of the alphabet.

This will help you with knowing the order of letters, of words, and in everyday life.

A lot of things are kept organized and in order from the letters of the alphabet, like the order of movies and books and files on the computer.

It also helps with phonics, spelling, and word study!

Alphabetical order is when you look at words and which letter they start with so you can put them in order.

Just like the ABC's always go in the same order, you use that order to put words that start with those letters in the same order.

Let's take a look!


  • See all these words?

They are just scrambled all over and not in a specific order. What a mess!

I want to put them in alphabetical order, so I need to:

  1. Think of the letters of the alphabet, and the order that they go in.
  1. Then, I look at the first letter that each word starts with and, knowing the order of those letters in the alphabet, I put the words in that same order.

So, I would put the word apple first because it starts with a. The letter b comes next, so the word book is next. I can follow ABC order until I get to the letter h:


The words hungry and happy both start with h!

  • What now?
  • How do I know which h word comes first?

If words start with the same first letter, then you look at the second letter in the words and see which one comes before the other one in the alphabet.

Both words start with h, so I look at the second letters: a and u. When I go through the alphabet, I know that a comes before u, so happy goes before hungry in alphabetical order:


If I had words like hamburger and happy with the same first two letters, then I look at the third letter, then the fourth letter…and so on! Since m comes before p in the alphabet, hamburger would go before happy.

  • Does it make sense?

Let's watch A Lesson on Alphabetizing, from Vocabulary Spelling City, to review:

Awesome job!

You are ready to move on to the Got It? section.

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