Review by Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Education | Updated October 2013
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Alphabet Organizer

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Graphic organizer turns letters and words into books

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Pros: Easy to create custom pages and books.

Cons: Non-readers won't be able to use it indepentently.

Bottom Line: Versatile word-wall tool for building vocabulary.

Create teacher-prepared books easily (and attractively) for emerging readers to use, or have students create their own books or lists for any topic. Older students can create personal word walls for spelling lists, vocabulary words for content areas, literary terms, vivid words to use in writing, and much more. Teachers can get lesson plan ideas incorporating Alphabet Organizer from ReadWriteThink. Alphabet Organizer can also be used by content-area teachers to incorporate reading strategies into their lessons and help kids organize and remember information.

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Alphabet Organizer is a tool for organizing words and ideas alphabetically. Each device can host multiple user accounts, so kids start by choosing a username and icon and naming a new project or opening a past project. They then choose to create a page with a list of words, or a page with a word and picture (one per letter). Word lists are limited to five words, and each word must start with the selected letter. The list is stored in what looks like a drawer that opens and closes on the calendar-style wall of letters. To create a page with images, students enter a word, a description, and an image, and save it. The completed alphabet organizers can be printed as individual word pages or as charts with notes. These documents are saved as PDFs and can be emailed, printed, or saved to the app.

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Because Alphabet Organizer has so many possible applications across subject areas, it's a great app for students to have on their own devices, and it's certainly a handy app for teachers. As kids create word lists and pages for their books, they'll be engaged in learning about those words and letters. Words aren't limited by categories or content; the only requirement is that words must begin with the chosen letter. If kids enter a word that doesn't start with the correct letter, they won't be able to save their list and will get an error message reminding them that they can only enter words starting with the selected letter. This allows students to self-check their work and fix their errors.

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Overall Rating
3

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
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Visually, Alphabet Organizer might not appear too interesting, but giving kids a choice of the words they enter and how they use the organizer can engage them.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
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Developed by the International Reading Association's ReadWriteThink program, Alphabet Organizer is a visual organizer that allows early readers or their teachers to use words and images to create an alphabet book or chart.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
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ReadWriteThink.org provides lesson plans, organized by grade level, that show how teachers are using Alphabet Organizer in the classroom. Each device supports multiple user accounts.


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Great graphic organizer for creating ABC lists or books!

This graphic organizer can be used on the ReadWriteThink website as well as in this app format. It's easy to follow the step-by-step process from beginning to end. There are several options to choose from when creating your organizer - words only or one word and picture per letter. You can select to view as word pages or charts and notes. A nice feature of the app allows users to save in draft form and edit later. The final product can be saved to the camera roll or shared by email as a PDF. If you want to make an ABC book, then this is your go-to app!

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