Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Social Alphabet Book


I love to read alphabet stories to my students that are related to what we are studying. These two are my favourites to read in Social Studies class, and I thought, wouldn't it be fantastic if we could make our own Alphabet story? I made activities to fit with each letter of the alphabet that cover every outcome for the ENTIRE YEAR in first grade!

The first thing we needed to do was to get our notebook ready for the year. I like to use the Hilroy 1/2 plain 1/2 interlined books so they have room to draw pictures and write, but any notebook would work. I don't teach the letters in order, so they needed 2 pages designated for each letter prior to starting. When I first did these activities, I had the students write the letters in. At the very beginning of the year...in first grade...it didn't go so well. To solve this problem I made a page with all of the letters and we worked as a class to cut and glue the letter in at the top of the page. It is a great little assessment to see who knows their letters at the beginning of the year as well.


Once we have each letter in our book
I HAVE THEM LEAVE TWO PAGES FOR EACH LETTER
then it's time to get started!
I figured out an activity to do with each letter, and then grouped the activities into units that followed the Program of Studies. I used related literature, internet pictures/videos, discussions and real life examples to introduce a topic and then had students complete an activity in their notebook to accompany the lesson.

UNIT 1 I BELONG
1. F is for Family: Students bring in pictures of their family and we talk about how all families look different and why families are important. After looking at pictures students make their own family tree to show who belongs in their family. After they draw their family, students glue the picture into their Social Alphabet notebook under the letter F.                                                                

*CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO USE THIS ACTIVITY IN YOUR CLASSROOM!*
2. B is for Belong
3. S is for School
4. C is for Clothing
5. S is for Symbol
6. L is for Language
7. R is for Rights and Responsibilities

UNIT 2 MY COMMUNITY
1. K is for Key to Citizenship
2. I is for I take Care
3. E is for environment
4. J is for Job
5. D is for Decision
6. P is for Problem Solving
7. T is for Timeline

UNIT 3 MY WORLD
1. F is for floor plan
2. M is for map
3. X is for X marks the spot
4. A is for Alberta
5. G is for globe
6. O is for Oh Canada
7. W is for Where in the World
8. L is for land
9. U is for Urban
10. R is for Rural
11. P is for Postcard
12. Z is for Zoo

UNIT 4 NOW AND THEN
1. T is for tradition
2. C is for Changes
3. N is for Now and Then
4.V is for Venn Diagram
5. Y is for Young and Old
6. H is for Heritage
7. O is for Old Time News
If you would like to use the activities to go with each letter and try making a Social alphabet with your students click on the picture below!

If you make an alphabet book with your students, let me know how it goes and what it looks like in your classroom in the comments below!
Mrs. Dunn
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6 comments:

  1. This looks VERY cool. I just bought it and am going to adapt it slightly to BC.
    Thank you!

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  2. Love this resource, do you use this Alphabet resources along with other social resources that are in your TPT store?

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    1. Hi Caitlin! This resource has everything for the whole year in it! The centres I use as well in my classroom.

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    2. Now that I have had a better look at the different resources I'm starting to see how to use both in the classroom!

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  3. I used this resource this year. I loved it. I would love a list of books you used for each letter or videos to introduce a topic. I am making a smartboard file to help keep lessons more organized for each letter and would like to make a link or picture of the book for each letter to help better plan for this Subject.

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