In this activity, students challenge each other to find the word (from a page with lots of words on it, ideally in picture form) with the hint being all the letters in the word, only shuffled into a random order.

Basic Info

Time: 10 mins
Level: Elementary grade 6
Works with: ABCs
Class size: small to large

You will need:

  • The Hi, friends! 2 textbook
    (or a printout of a picture with a lot of words on it)


  1. In groups (or pairs), one student selects a word from the page.
  2. That student then reads the letters out in a random order.
  3. The other students then hunts for the word in the picture.
  4. Answers can be read out or pointed to.


  • Demonstrate how to play this game with your co-teacher or do it with you providing the hint and the class guessing. Once the students understand how it works, they can try it in groups or pairs.
  • To make it even simpler (as a first stage of the demonstration), write two words on the blackboard (e.g. "fast" and "play"), read the letters out, then ask the students which word
  • You may also wish to play (and demonstrate) this game in two stages. The first where the letters are not shuffled, then step up to playing with shuffled letters.


This activity works well as part of Hi, friends! 2, Lesson 1. I've done this activity in various forms, without the shuffle, with shuffled letters, and both in the same activity period (making it a step up challenge). The students really enjoyed it. This activity will also work well as warm-up reviews once you've moved past the ABC lessons but to keep the alphabet fresh for students.

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