The Busy Educator Classroom Management
Busy Educator Newsletter Sign Up
Rob Plevin - Free Ebook!
Magic Classroom Management Strategies
Clickbank Affiliate Sales (new)
Visit Here to Get Your Affiliate Link
Dave Mitchell's Media Colection (new)
Individual Origami & Math Videos
Complete Origami & Math Collection
Math, Music & Mayhem Audio Set
Go Forth & Multiply Audio Set
The Ultimate Interview Series (new!)
Dr. Gary Page Interview
The Back To School Interview
The Brian Walsh Interview
The Laurie Skilling Interview
The Mike Litman Interview
The Ruth Wells Interview
The Rob Poulos Interview
The Adam Waxler Interview
The Master Collection
Professor Tom Daly
Marjan Glavac
Ruth Herman Wells, MS.
Dr. Brina Ayala Rubin
Adam Waxler
Pat Wyman
Gary S. Page
Stevan Krajnjan
Educator News
Origami & Math /Art by Dave Mitchell
The Busy Educator Teleseminar
November 2008
“Do You Want To Know How To Create Your Ideal Classroom, Motivate Your Students, Maintain Their Attention And Keep Them On Task Without Screaming, Pleading Or Burning Yourself Out?”

ADHD - Resource
November, 2008
You got into teaching for all the right reasons but find yourself occasionally frustrated by problem studentswho have the whammy on you and send you home feeling frustrated, defeated, disillusioned, unhappy, or worse.

Ruth Herman Wells - Teacher/Author
October, 2008
Presents the Quickest Kid Fixer-Uppers all in one place. These eBooks are adapted from Ruth's widely applauded Bright Ideas Newsletters, and now her Quickest Kid Fixer-Uppers ebooks are available organized by problem area.

corner top corner

Alphabet Adventure

There are 26 letters in the alphabet, and 26,000 ways to use them. Here are a few.

Grades K-8
Subjects Language Arts
Time Frame Will vary depending on the project
Materials Paper, pencils, imagination

For younger students

  • Do a shared writing chart. Pick a category and try to come up with one word for each letter of the alphabet (for example, animals, food, names, toys).
  • Sing fun alphabet songs. Some favorites are:

Backwards ABCs (to the same tune as the traditional ABC song)

Write the letters from Z to A on the board or on a chart, and point to each one as you sing. End with "now we know our Z Y Xs, next time we will go to Texas."

I Am Learning (to the tune of London


I am learning letter A

Letter A, letter A

I am learning letter A

a a a a a (for this line sing the sound the letter makes, not its name)

In the middle grades

  • Give one page of a newspaper to each student or pair of students. Each student should have a highlighter. Each individual or team highlights one word that starts with each letter of the alphabet on their newspaper page. This can also be done as a race.
  • Challenge students to write sentences that feature words in alphabetical order, for example, "Michael never ordered pancakes." Students may pick their starting letter and work at writing longer and longer sentences.

In the upper grades

  • Have students research the history of the English alphabet. Students can make a large chart showing various alphabets from around the world (Greek, Cyrillic, Egyptian, Arabic, etc.) and use it to compare and contrast the features of each one.
  • Students will write an autobiography in which each paragraph features a reflection on a facet of the student's life that begins with a given letter, for example, H for hobbies, F for family. Depending on the grade and ability level, students may be required to use all the letters or only a given number.

Book Tie-ins

There are thousands of alphabet books, from simple ABCs to wildly creative volumes. Here are some favorites:

So Many Bunnies by Rick Walton

A to Zen by Ruth Wells

Antics by Cathi Hepworth

Arlene Alda's ABC by Arlene Alda

Q is for Duck by Mary Elting and Michael Folsom

Tomorrow's Alphabet by George Shannon

Printed with permission from Firefly Books Ltd.

Great Teacher Projects K-8 by Laura Mayne

Get The Book
Great Teacher Projects: K-8


Get The Book

Product Details

Get The Book


Product Details
Get The Book Product Details
Get The Book Product Details
Get The Book Product Details
Get The Book Product Details


corner corner