Teaching Resource

Alphabetize the Aquarium Activity

PDF | 15 pages|Grades: 1 - 3

A set of 4 mats for students to practice alphabetizing.

This activity has students alphabetize words to the first, second, and third letter!

Each mat has a different fish theme and alphabetizes to different letters:

  • Goldfish – alphabetize all to the first letter
  • Purple Fish – alphabetize most to the first letter with some to the second letter
  • Seahorse – alphabetize some to the first letter with most to the second letter
  • Puffer Fish – alphabetize all to the third letter.

How to use this resource:

  1. Print the fish and mats on cardstock.
  2. Cut the fish out and keep them with the matching mat using a container or sealable bag.
  3. Put the fish and the blank mats into your reading center for students to practice alphabetizing words.

You can print a recording sheet for each student to record their answers, or you can print the answer mats (the last four pages of the document) for students to self-check or to check a partners answers.

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