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World War Alphabet


This game can be played anywhere, but is best for small groups of students, or tons of students broken up into small groups. Make sure that there are no more than 7 students in each group.

Put the students in a circle and give each of them something to write with and something to write on. When they get their writing utensils and paper, have them write out the English alphabet in a list form:


Now tell them when you say, “go,” they will have 3 minutes to write ONE WORD beside each letter about a certain topic. However, the word they choose MUST start with the letter it is written beside. (For example, if the topic is “food,” they can write hamburger by the “H” and pizza beside the “P.”) If they cannot come up with a word for the letter, they can just leave it blank.

The objective is to be the person with the most points at the end of the game. Students are awarded 1 point for every answer they give that starts with the correct letter on the condition that no one else chose that word as well. So, if the topic is food, and two students write down hamburger for “H,” neither of them gets the point. The words have to be in accordance with the correct letter, and unique to the rest of the group.

After the 3 minutes is up, “score” the students by having one person say their word out loud. Students must pay attention to make sure they do not have the same answer, as it would not count.

Possible Topics Include:
Friends Food
God Fun Activities
School Music
Family TV Shows

Idea by Jasper J.


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

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