Alphabetic Principle


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Sequencing Alphabetic Principle skills

Examples of Tasks Illustrating Alphabetic Understanding

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Curriculum Maps

Curriculum maps list specific skills that relate to each big idea. Each skill can be taught during at an optimal time during the school year.

Click here for an explanation of how to read curriculum maps.

TIP: Go to the Curriculum Maps page in the Resources section to view and download Curriculum Maps for each Big Idea and grade.

Kindergarten Alphabetic Principle Curriculum Map

First Grade Alphabetic Principle Curriculum Map

Second Grade Alphabetic Principle Curriculum Map

Third Grade Alphabetic Principle Curriculum Map

How to read curriculum maps

The numbers in the top row of the curriculum map correspond to the months of the school year. For example, if your school year begins in September, then September would be month 1 on the map. If your school year begins in August, then August would be month one.

The shaded boxes marked with "X" represent the months in which a particular skill should be taught.

The map can be read using either a "horizontal trace" or a "vertical trace". To do a horizontal trace, you select a skill you are interested in, then trace across the row to find the months marked with an "X" for that skill. This will tell you which months a skill should be taught. To perform a vertical trace, select a particular month, then trace down the column to find the shaded boxes. The shaded boxes correspond to the skills that should be taught that month.