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Programme 3: Proper Order, 2nd October

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In Proper Order Leon McAuley presents the pupils with a fresh look at how we structure words and information lists to facilitate access and retrieval. To help P4 and P5 pupils become independent learners, we encourage the use of dictionaries, encyclopaedias, thesaurus, the index and glossary of books and other structured information sources. Alphabetical order skills are crucial to the mechanics of using these learning aids. Click to Print PDF Worksheets
  • The programme draws the pupils' attention to the alphabetical basis of our organised lists and also deals with chronological order and numerical order as well as ordinary functional lists.
  • Leon concludes by illustrating the importance of chronological order when telling or writing a story. By breaking the sensible chronological order of a story he amusingly shows how difficult it makes the story to follow and how it can reduce a simple story to the absurd.
Key Words:

alphabetical order; numerical order; chronological order; lists; dictionary; encyclopaedia.

Before The Programme:
  • Class discussion of alphabetical order and quick revision of knowledge of the alphabet may be useful.
  • Explain chronological order to class.
  • Re-cap with class examples of numerical order.
After The Programme:
  • Answers for Leon's final question "where was the cat?"
  • Discuss the merits of arranging certain material in alphabetical order.
  • What are the merits of chronological order? Any examples?
  • Can the class think of any practical examples of lists, at home, at school, in sport, TV listings, etc?
  • In class, school or local library find and list examples of materials in alphabetical, numerical or chronological order.
  • Explore with class examples where other 'orders' are used, e.g., grouping by size, colour weight etc.
  • Worksheet 6: Re-arrange Leon's story in the right order.
  • Worksheet 7: Alphabetical, chronological and numerical order.
  • Worksheet 8: Alphabetical lists of words and pictures. Choose a topic and fill in the boxes.
  • Worksheet 9: My Day in chronological order

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