Posted by: jockmackenzie | March 17, 2011

Student Alphabet Booklet – Page 4

Another of the many facets of the Mackenzie Middle Years Alphabet is the phonetic alphabet. Shown here is E for Echo. Students are given the entire NATO Phonetic Alphabet – Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, etc. but are also made aware that this is not the only phonetic alphabet in existence.

This page in the booklet talks briefly about a different alphabet used by the Los Angeles Police Department. It also encourages students to create a phonetic alphabet of their own.

Yet another creative opportunity awaits students as they are introduced to the concept of the pangram. A pangram is a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once. By using one of the pangrams on the page, students can practice their knowledge of a phonetic alphabet. ie. instead of saying the pangram as a sentence, the student may say it letter by letter. The five boxing wizards jump quickly becomes Tango, Hotel, Echo – Foxtrot, India, Victor, Echo – Bravo, Oscar, X-Ray, India, November, Golf – and so on.

And, as they say, “The sky’s the limit.” This page introduces students to the idea of codes and opens the door to study of any of the many ways of communicating in a system agreed upon by a number of people.


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