Or After Or Before
By Mrs. Alphabet Copyrighted 5/98
Objective: Children will be able to explain the game and apply the concepts after and before to the alphabet.
Materials: Alphabet Line of upper or lower case letters, red, green, and yellow markers.
Procedure: Teacher explains and models the game using the poem and a puppet or the poem and a student.
I am thinking of a letter between A and Z
Can you solve the mystery for me?
Choose any letter
I'll tell you whether
You guessed the mystery letter or
If your guess comes after or before.
The alphabet makes a line you see (teacher runs finger or pointer from A to Z).
26 letters in a row alphabetically.
Green dot(place a green dot under an after letter guess) means after, guess a letter toward the Z. (point to Z)
Red dot (place red dot under a before letter guess) means before, guess a letter toward the A for me (point to A).
Now try again and look at the clues (point to red and green dots)
If you're right I'll draw a star for you (draw a star with yellow marker under the mystery letter when the child guesses correctly).
Extensions: For younger children use less letters for example A-E. For older children try using without the visual cues and when they guess just say before or after. Try the game with an overhead projector.