3rd Grade - Alphabetical Order

 
     
 
     
 
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3rd
Writing
Alphabetical order
Arrange words in alphabetical order
Student knows the order of the alphabet. Student is able to arrange words in alphabetical order with all words including ones with up to three beginning letters that are the same.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What is alphabetical order?

(2)

What are some strategies that I can use to help me with putting words in alphabetical order? (Underline letters, sort words, look at alphabet cards, etc.)

(3)

If the first letters in the words are the same, what should I do to put the words in alphabetical order?

(4)

How can I write words to make them easier to alphabetize? (i.e. leave enough space for all words in case corrections need to be made.)

Learning Tips

(1)

It is good to have a visual of the alphabet for children to refer to when they are working on problems pertaining to alphabetical order. This visual can be on a standard sized paper that lists the alphabet in order or alphabet cards that are posted on a wall.

(2)

Alphabet cards are a great resource for children to have when they are putting words in alphabetical order. They can lay the cards out in order and refer to them as needed. Then when they are done, they can just put them away.

(3)

Play an alphabetical order game with your child for practice. Find a few objects from around the house and have your child put them in alphabetical order.

(4)

The dictionary gives children good practice with alphabetical order. Tell your child that you are timing how fast they can find a word in the dictionary and make it a game.

(5)

Some alphabetical order problems tend to get more complex when they have the same beginning 2-3 letters. Talk to your child about strategies they can use to help them organize their thinking. Underlining letters that they are comparing, rewriting words on a different piece of paper, etc.

Extra Help Problems

(1)

Put the following words in alphabetical order:

frog, great, fog, gladiator

(2)

Write the days of the week in alphabetical order.

(3)

Catherine, Carl, and Caddy want to sit in alphabetical order. Who should sit first?

(4)

Catherine, Carl, and Caddy want to sit in alphabetical order. Who should sit second?

(5)

Catherine, Carl, and Caddy want to sit in alphabetical order. Who should sit last?

(6)

Which list is in alphabetical order? A) draw, drench, drift, drum B) drench, draw, drum, drift C) drift, drum, drench, draw

(7)

Put the following words in alphabetical order: cat, cape, camp, and carts

(8)

Put the following words in alphabetical order: apron, ant, apple, anchor

(9)

Martin, Marvin, and Marla want to sit in alphabetical order. Who should sit first?

(10)

Martin, Marvin, and Marla want to sit in alphabetical order. Who should sit second?

(11)

Martin, Marvin, and Marla want to sit in alphabetical order. Who should sit third?

(12)

Which list is in alphabetical order? A) Wyoming, West Virginia, Wisconsin B) West Virginia, Wyoming, Wisconsin C) West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

(13)

Put the following words in alphabetical order: Nevada, North Carolina, New York, Nebraska.

(14)

Sara is looking for “Pluto” in the encyclopedia. Where should she look: A) between playschool and plywood B) between Paris and Park Avenue C) between plastic and playschool

(15)

Which list is in alphabetical order: A) excellent, extra, expect B) extra, expect, excellent C) excellent, expect, extra

(16)

Luke is looking for “cargo” in the dictionary. Where should she look: A) between can and canter B) between cart and cast C) between card and cart

(17)

Write the first six months of the year in alphabetical order.

(18)

Write the last six months of the year in alphabetical order.

(19)

Write the first names of five people in your family in alphabetical order.

(20)

Write the following words in alphabetical order: one, two, three, four, five

(21)

For the following five problems, circle the correct answer.


Which list is in alphabetical order? A) Canada, China, Cuba B) China, Canada, Cuba C) Cuba, China, Canada

(22)

Which list is in alphabetical order? A) Torrance, Temecula, Tustin B) Torrance, Tustin, Temecula C) Temecula, Torrance, Tustin

(23)

Which list is in alphabetical order? A) green, gray, grape B) green, grape, gray C) grape, gray, green

(24)

Which list is in alphabetical order? A)meat, meatless, meatball B) meat, meatball, meatless C) meatless, meat, meatball

(25)

Which list is in alphabetical order? A) baseball, basketball, badminton B) badminton, baseball, basketball C) basketball, baseball, badminton

 

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