Lesson Planning of Alphabetical Order


Lesson Planning of Alphabetical Order to Locate Words in a Dictionary

Subject English

Grade V

Students` Learning Outcomes

  • Use alphabetical order to locate words in a dictionary for increase in vocabulary and aid in comprehension of texts.

Information for Teachers

  • Alphabetical order comes along with the dictionary skills.
  • Alphabetical order means according to the correct order of the letters of the alphabet. As; abcde,………,yz.

 Alphabetical Order

  • Comprehension means understanding.
  • The selection of the words should be from the students` reading range of familiar words.
  • Students are made familiar with alphabetical order and use of dictionary in the previous grades, but at a very basic level.
  • While teaching the lesson, the teacher should also consult texts at all steps wherein and whenever it is applicable.

Material / Resources

Writing board, chalk/marker, dictionary, word list from the textbook


  • Recap any recent lesson from the textbook. Ask them if they can recall any difficult words for which they don`t know the meanings.
  • Jot down those words on the board.
  • Make them recall dictionary skills learnt in previous class. Ask students about the alphabetical order.
  • Point out how the dictionary has words listed in alphabetical order.
  • After they have done that, repeat the concept in front of the class.



Activity 1

  • Divide the class in different groups depending on the number of dictionaries you have with you.
  • Use the difficult words from their textbook because the words should offer some challenges.
  • Recap the concept of alphabetical order which they have also learnt previously. You can write some words and ask them to arrange the words in alphabetical order. Don`t spend more time on this than you think is necessary.
  • Conclude the lesson by telling the class that dictionaries are very important in their lives.
  • Ask them to tell the words that they have now know meanings of.
  • Draw a table on the board and ask the students to copy the table on their notebook.
  • Give each group 3 different words to locate from dictionary.
  • Then ask them to fill this table for each word.
  • When they have done the activity, ask each group to share the words they have looked up with the other group.
  • This will help to share all the words with each other.


Sum up / Conclusion

  • Conclude the lesson by telling the class that dictionaries are very important in their lives.
  • Ask them to tell the words that they now know meanings of.


  • Give the class more words which have same first and second letters of alphabet but different third and other letters of alphabet (master, marker). Ask the students to fill the table again but this time they must do it individually.
  • Involve the students in solving the problems related to locating words in the dictionary given in the exercise of the text.

Follow up

  • Ask them to underline the words which are new to them and write the meanings of the words with lead pencil over the word, which will help them in reading.

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