I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.
Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it in the classroom?
Also see our Best Tarheel Reader alphabet books.
This is my favorite Alphabet video.... I also used those phonics things/videos on the practice page in phonics. They are cool.
What ages are you thinking of, News? There are so many great alphabet books published in English... it's a genre all by itself! Here is one of my favorites, and I think EFL students can infer the meaning of many of the words by simply paying attention to the illustrations... anybody else love guinea pigs?
I went to go get the voicethread, and decided what the hey, just copy the whole discussion. It resides in the group, English for Friendship & Fun:
My husband has been in America for 30 years, and sometimes when we talk and I don't understand a word, I still ask him to "spell it". Knowing the letter names in English can be very useful!
This video from Real English makes me laugh... sometimes conversations go like this : ) Being able to spell in English comes in handy! (in handy = useful)
I know- you want even more alphabet practice, don't you? (In English, we have a saying, humor me ; ) ) How about a funny picture book that will help you learn at least 26 new words in English, without having to look any of them up in the dictionary? Alright....
Now that you can spell in English, you want to write in English also, yes? Here are the words from the book. Most of them are adjectives (descriptive words), so they are good for writing.
awake, bouncy, clean, dirty, empty, ferocious, greedy, high, itchy, juicy, kind, loud, mean, neat, open, prickly, quiet, rich, slippery, timid, upside-down, vain, wobbly, extra, young, zzzzzz
Let's use the words to write a story. I'll go first.
"I'm awake!" I yelled as my little dog bounced up and down on my pillow. "You are a mean little dog" I said as I got up on my wobbly, still asleep legs. I cooked her breakfast, a juicy chicken thigh, as she jumped high and chased her tail in happy excitement. "You have a ferocious appetite," I said as she greedily cleaned her bowl and gave it several extra licks until the bowl was empty. Then I opened the door so she could go outside and bark loud and get dirty. "Ah, peace and quiet," I said as I went back to bed. Zzzzzzz...
Gabby, the little dog with a BIG BARK
Now you try. Two or three sentences is a good start. Don't worry about grammar or being correct, just practice the vocabulary : )
I also had to add this wonderfully creative alphabet video from our own archive....gotta love this one, always makes me hungry.