|1. ACTION ALPHABET by Marty Neumeier.
A. How many words can you
list that are associated with the way this letter
B. Design a computer letter for associative word
|2. ALBERT B. CUB AND ZEBRA by Ann
On the A page
Albert's friend zebra has been abducted. To find
him Albert travels in an airplane and an
automobile passing an accountant's sign, an
Airedale and a little girl crying in anguish. How
many other A words can you find?
Activity: Assign a different letter to teams of
four.Each team has one day to list all the words
they can find in Albert B. Cub and Zebra that
begin with that letter. At the end of a week the
team with the most words is the winning team
challenge teams to see which can write the
longest alliterative sentence using words from
one of the letter pages. Other words can be added
|3. POTLUCK by Anne Shelby. Dial
Each child is bringing one or more foods
to a feast. The food and the way they bring the
food (action verb) both begin with the first
letter of the child's name. "Christine came
with carrot cake and corn on the cob."
Activity: What food(s) would each child in the
class bring? How would the food be transported?
Follow the pattern: Jean juggled jello and jelly
|4. ALLISON'S ZINNIA by Anita Lobel.
A fun book to use in a plant unit.
"Beryl bought begonias for Crystal. Dawn dug
daffodils for Emily."
Activity: Study the pattern and write a similar
sentence that begins with YOUR name.Try the same
idea in a different setting.
Example: What things would be found in a school
"Pauline purchased a pencil for
What items other than foods could be found in a
"Sam sold soap." "Greta gave
5. ABC MYSTERY by
Doug Cushman. Harper
"A is the art that was stolen at
night. B is the ________ who creeps out of sight.
C is the ______that was left in the room. D is
Solve the mystery of the missing art by following
the alphabet to Z.
Activity: Try writing an ABC advice book for
students coming into your class next year.
Brainstorm the information a new student might
Example: A (what are our favorite activities?)
B. (what fun books will we
read?) C (what do we do to show we care for
|6. THE HOLE BY THE APPLE TREE by
Nancy Polette. Greenwillow
An ABC fairy tale adventure where Harold
and his friends meet monsters in moats, question
a queen and try to save Snow White.
Activity: Brainstorm all the fairy tale
characters you can that begin with each letter of
the alphabet. See how many you can find in this
book. Locate some of the tales in the school
library and share them with the class. Use the
same pattern to create a zoo adventure using
animal names from A to Z.
|7. GATHERING THE SUN by Alma Flor
An alphabet in Spanish and English.
Arboles: Trees, companions of my childhood.
Activity: How Many Ways Can We Say Hello?
Challenge students to visit the Dewey 400 shelf
in their school or public library to find foreign
language picture books and discover how children
all over the world greet each other.
|8. TOMORROW'S ALPHABET by George
"A is for seed, tomorrow's apple."
"B is for egg, tomorrow's birds."
Activity 1: Create a Tomorrow's
Cook's Alphabet. Example: F is for potatoes,
Activity 2: Take two of the
words from this book and use them in this
pattern: Eggs are just eggs until they hatch and
then they become birds. Scraps are just scraps
until they are sewn together and then they become
Activity 3: Use the idea of
Tomorrow's Alphabet to create Yesterday's
Alphabet. Example: A is for letter, yesterday's
airmail. B is for man. Yesterday's boy.