Alphabet Race

To have students master the alphabet with both uppercase and lowercase letters, and to review words students have learned before. Correct pronunciation of these words should be emphasized in the exercise.


  1. Explain to the students that each letter of the alphabet will be represented by a different number. (A = 1, B = 2, c =3, and so on.) Once students understand this, give them an example problem on the blackboard to work out.  For example: 3-1-20, once deciphered, reads as "CAT."
  2. Split the class into two or more equal teams. Each team should have the same number of students so that everyone in the classroom has a chance. Decide the order of the players for each team -- depending on the class, it may be a good idea to let the students decide this on their own within a time limit.
  3. The first player on each team comes up to the blackboard.
  4. Without showing the students, write out a problem on the small whiteboard. When every student's attention is focused, read out the numbers on the whiteboard and show it to the class and let the game begin.
  5. The student who is able to both write the word and pronounce it correctly first gets a point.
  6. After that round ends, the next student from each team comes up to the board.
  7. At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins.

It helps to have a list of words already prepared and written out in number form before the game begins. In order to make this game more challenging, integrate a grammar point into the game. For instance, have students say "This word is..." or "I like..." in order to win the round. This game has a lot of flexibility, and can be easily adapted to suit the students' needs.


Lesson Topics
Junior High
Blackboard, chalk, small whiteboard, markers