The A to Z game – a quick and fun vocabulary race

a quick and fun vocabulary gameThe A to Z game is a quick and fun vocabulary game which is sure to inject a lot of energy into the classroom. It’s ideal as a warmer and great way to introduce a new topic or review some subject based grammar. Themes might include adjectives, jobs, food, things you take on holiday, etc.

Write the letters A to Z in columns down the board (see the illustration). Make sure that there’s enough space next to each letter for a word to be written.

A to Z gameDivide the class into two teams (three is possible but can get chaotic). Get each team to nominate a writer who comes to the front and stands on the board.

Each writer will need a different coloured board pen or piece of chalk.

As soon as you say start, students must race to write an appropriate word next to each letter. For example, if the theme is adjectives then they might write. Angry, Beautiful, etc. Teammates help by shouting out suggestions and giving spelling tips. I don’t stop my students from using any resources they have to hand such as textbooks and dictionaries. Only one word can be written for each letter so the first to start writing claims the letter.

After a five or ten minute limit, or when all the letters have been used (I usually leave out X) give a point for every word each team has written, and congratulate the winners. If there are any spelling mistakes then elicit the correct spelling from the class.

8 Replies to “The A to Z game – a quick and fun vocabulary race”

  1. its very interesting activity. I am going to try out it day after tomorrow with the mentees in district level Symposium Program. there i am going to give a lecture on importance of using warm up activity in classroom

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