Over the years, I used A-Z lists to get students to expand their thinking. You can select any topic and have students identify words that begin with each letter of the alphabet that describes the topic. Use it as a pre-assessment and again as a post-assessment to show how much they learned. Make an event collaborative by assigning each child a letter and a slide in a Google presentation. Introduce the activity in September, so students become familiar with the task. Each student creates an A-Z list about him/her self.
Yes, this would make a great bulletin board but not before you introduce your students to this great resource – Spell with Flickr! Spell with Flickr lets you spell out any word using photos from Flickr. Type in the word and select spell. It will even give you and embed code. Here is an example!
You might want to share a cool animation on how our alphabet evolved – The Evolution of the Alphabet. If you are a primary teacher, try this website by the BBC. It has great games and learning tools – Cbeebies. High School students might appreciate reading and analyzing this Alphabet Primer from 1846. It was published by the Anti-Slavery Society.
And a completed A-Z list for you by Angela Maiers – 26 Keys to Students Engagement. You might want to focus on one a week. Then start again to complete the year. My personal favorite is her word for the letter K.