Naming and ordering letters

Learning focus

To build knowledge of letters and practise sorting words into alphabetical order.

This lesson includes:

  • an introduction to alphabetical order

  • three activities


There are 26 letters in the alphabet.

In upper case (or capital letters) they look like this:

  • A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z.

In lower case they look like this:

  • a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y and z.

We often sort letters and words into alphabetical order. This means we order them as they appear in the alphabet.

When sorting words in to alphabetical order, we look at the first letter of the word.

For example:

  • the word cat comes before the word dog because c comes before d in the alphabet.

Watch this short video to find out more.

Learn about alphabetical order with Marty.


You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1: Helping Marty order boxes

Click on the box below to help Marty put the words into the correct alphabetical order.

Activity 2: Match the letters

Match the lower case letters with their capital letter.

Copy out the lower case letters and then write their upper case letter next to them.

  • a
  • r
  • t
  • b
  • m
  • d

Now write these six letters out in alphabetical order.

Activity 3: Ordering more words

Take a look at the different lists of words below and re-write them into alphabetical order.

  • dog, hammer, cat, mouse, pig, rabbit

  • orange, purple, red, blue, green, white

  • Sunday, Friday, Monday, Thursday, Wednesday

  • March, November, February, August, June, September

Where next?

In this lesson you have correctly put words into alphabetical order.

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