As soon as I found out that I’m gonna teach the alphabet and spelling with one of my groups, I started searching the Internet for various ideas, games and activities and now I want to share all these ideas with you.
- Teacher names or shows a letter FC – the first S who raises his/her hand and says the word that starts with this letter wins.
- Two groups. Ss stay in two rows. T says a letter. The first S who runs and writes the letter on the board gets a point.
Extension: Two groups. Ss from both groups write the alphabet on the board (one side for one group). After that T says a letter, one S from each team runs to the board and crosses the letter
- Alphabet Sculptures – Split Ss into 2-3 people groups. T says a letter. The 1st team that will make the letter with their bodies gets a point.
- Alphabet Touch – T says a letter. Ss have to find the letter somewhere in the classroom – on a poster, in a book etc.
- Alphabet Song – Each S holds two letter FCs. Ss raise their FC when they hear appropriate letter.
- Stick some FCs to the walls. Each S holds a letter. Play some music. Children dance/walk/sing. Stop the music. Ss must find ‘their’ picture and say the word. For example, student A has a letter “G”, when the music stops he must find a picture that starts with this letter, e.g. ‘a goose’ and then say “G is for goose”.
7. Fried Eggs.
Prepare laminated eggs cliparts. Write letters on the other side with a dry-wipe marker. Split Ss into two teams. Ss sit opposite each other. Two first Ss hold paddles to turn the eggs upside down. Then the 1st S have to say as fast as possible his opponent’s letter.
8. I have/who has
You can download the game here
9. GO FISH
Ohhh I found those super extra cute Disney alphabet cards and I couldn’t resist to print and laminate them 😀 You can download the cards here. I’m gonna use them for Go Fish game. I guess everybody knows this game. If don’t here are the rules:
Ss must collect pairs of cards (A plus A, B plus B and so on). Each S holds a few cards. Then he/she asks the person on his/her left side for a letter he needs. The other person must give them this letter card. If the other S hasn’t got that card, they say ‘go fish’ and the previous S draws a card from a pile. The winner is the person who gets rid of all pairs first.
You can also use the Disney cards for playing memory
11. Word Maker
I printed the alphabet on colourful paper and then laminated. The cards have lasted till today 😉 Each group gets two sets of the alphabet cards (with one additional set of vowels). T shows a FC, Ss must make a word from the letters. The first team gets a point. I always give 3 points for the first team, 2 for the second and one for the third.
Alternative: Ss can use stamps to make words.
12. Reverse Spelling
Ss work in pairs. One S spells a word from behind and the other S writes it down. The task is to guess the word as quickly as possible.
13. Spelling Rows
Ss stay in two rows. T shows the FC to one team. Ss in this team must spell the word giving the letters one by one. Let’s say they have to spell “garden”. !st person says G, and A, third R and so on. I measure their time and then gives another word for another team. The team with better time gets a point.
14. Fishing game.
You can use these cute fish-letters for this game, or if you want just like me save some colour ink, you can use these these colouring pages and print them on colourful paper and then laminate.
To make a rod you need only a stick (I used the stick for baloons), a piece of string, magnet, paper clip and some blu-tack. Combine everything and tadam! You have a beautiful rod 🙂
15. Alphabet Puzzles
You can use these cards as puzzles or as I will – as a classroom project.
Each S receives one or two letters. They stick it to a colourful piece of paper. Then They match words with pictures. You can also prepare words with missing letters to complete.
16. Alphabet Craft
If you have time or want to give creative homework to do you can ask your Ss to make Letter Crafts. There are plenty of ideas on the Internet. Here you can find and example.
17. Magic Letters
I bought these toy letters in Tesco for 11.50 zł. 🙂 I think I’m gonna ask my Ss close their eyes and choose one letter to name it.
18. Alphabet Sunglasses.
The idea comes from this post and there are all the instructions.
19. Snakes and Ladders you can download here.
20. Abbreverations to teach alphabet.
Older students know some popular abbreverations that they can associate when struggling with spelling. Here are some examples:
I – point your finger at your chest 🙂
MTV, BBC, ABC, LOL, CNN, DVD, www, FM, TV, CD, SMS
I’ll be glad if you share your ideas in comments 🙂