Resources to learn and teach English vocabulary


guessing game

Pencase Guessing Game

Learn and practise new English words! In the guessing game, kids guess words letter by letter. There aren't picture clues in this activity.

  • If kids are new to the topic, or if they need some help with their spelling, introduce the vocabulary by using our Vocabulary Words list before playing the game.
  • Otherwise, they may find it quite difficult.
  • To start, click on the Guess the mystery word text.
  • The word to guess is represented by a row of yellow boxes (one box for one letter) at the top of the game board.
  • In the middle of the board there are ten pencils that belong to the piglet.
  • At the bottom of the board you can see two rows of letters. Click on any letter that you think is in the word.
  • If the mystery word has this letter, it appears in the proper yellow box.
  • If you choose a letter that is not in the word, the piglet loses one pencil.
  • Try to guess the word before our friend loses all the pencils.
  • When you complete the word (no matter as a winner or loser), click on the Next word button to continue the game.
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Vocabulary Words

From the image to the word. This picture reference helps you learn, practise or repeat English words that appear in our game.

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activity ideas

If your students enjoy our guessing game, you could expand it (or give your students extra practice) by playing related classroom word games. Here are some ideas to inspire you. These activities can be used in any topic!

Teaching English in a fun way

If you are right handed, write your words with your left hand. If you are left handed, write your words with your right hand.

Learning English in a fun way

Choose five words. Write your letters scrambled up. Leave them alone until tomorrow and unscramble them.

Classroom games ideas

Write five spelling words with missing letters. For example, G _ U E (glue). Leave them alone until tomorrow and fill in the gaps.

Related Printables

Learn and practise English with our printables that go well with the guessing game. You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print these resources.

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  • This activity, suitable for beginners, is a fun way to practise vocabulary and spelling skills. There are nine hidden words, and they go accross and down only.
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  • In this unscrambled words activity, kids must rearrange the letters in the correct order to make a word. Great for practising spelling and revising new vocabulary.
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  • There are ten words, and each word is missing two letters. Students look at the picture first, then fill in the mising letters to complete each word.