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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.
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.
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.