Skills: Writing, Reading
Recommended Age: 10+
Number of Participants: 2-12 players, preferably even or multiple to three
Time: 15-20 minutes
Equipment: A black- or whiteboard
Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker
Preliminary Preparation: Not required
Immediate Preparation (3-5 minutes)
1. Divide the game participants into two or three parts of (roughly) equal size.
2. Ask the players to make a list of words, using as many letters of the alphabet as possible, whitout repeating them. Allow the students a reasonable amount of time for completing this task. While they are working, circulate, monitor and assist, if necessary.
How to Play. When the teams have finished, bring the class to order. Afterwards, invite the teams to nominate secretaries, who come to the board and write their lists. The board might end up looking like this:
А В С
box awful bus
luck dry cashpoint
fisherman something red
__________ __________ __________
16 letters 17 letters 15 letters
At the same time, the competitors carefully check the spelling and count up the number of used letters. In the given case, by the number of letters used, Team A gets 16 points, Team B gets 17 points and Team C gets 15 points. Threby the winner of the game is Team B.
Advice. In a class of adult learners, it would be more feasible to carry out the game for individual standing.
Variation. This activity can also be used as a solo game. In this case, the player competes with themself, trying to find the most optimal combination.