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Action ABC's: Learning Vocabulary With Verbs

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Action ABC's: Learning Vocabulary With Verbs

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time At least four 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Melissa Weimer

Waterford, Michigan


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives

Mobile Apps





  • Computers with Internet access and printing capability

  • Bookmaking materials

  • Dictionaries and thesauri

  • Pencils, markers, and crayons

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Alphabet Organizer

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Alphabet Organizer

Students use this online tool to create an alphabet chart or pages for an alphabet book.


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Alphabet Organizer

Grades   K – 5  |  Mobile App  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Alphabet Organizer

The Alphabet Organizer lets users create a calendar-style ABC chart or letter pages for an alphabet book.


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1. Decide how you want to have students create their books. For example, students who are in kindergarten may make a class book together, with each student creating a page; students who are in second grade might each make their own books. You might also have students work in pairs or small groups to write books. This will help you determine how many copies of the Action ABC's: Book Cover and the Sentence Writing Worksheet you need.

2. Visit and familiarize yourself with the online Alphabet Organizer or the Alphabet Organizer mobile app. Decide how to best provide time for students to use it (see Session 2). This will vary from classroom to classroom depending on your technological resources. For example:
  • If you have a computer lab, reserve a block or blocks of time for students to work on their book pages.

  • If you have one or two computers in your classroom, create a schedule so students can work on the computer one at a time or in pairs.
3. Divide your class into groups of four to five students each. Make enough copies of the Alphabet Brainstorming Worksheet so that there is one for each group of students.

4. Gather a supply of pencils, markers, and crayons for writing and illustrating the books. Determine how you would like to bind the book pages together and gather these supplies as well.

5. Prior to Session 1, write the alphabet on the board, leaving enough space to write a few words next to each letter.

6. Depending on the age and ability level of your class, you may choose to assemble dictionaries and thesauri for students to use. You should have one of each for each of the groups you created in Step 3. You can also collect some familiar texts such as magazines or books for students to use to locate verbs (see Session 1, Steps 5 and 6).

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