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ABC Bingo

Deborah Ford
Santa Rosa District Schools


This lesson reinforces the alphabet through a homemade ABC bingo game.


The student knows the names of the letters of the alphabet, both upper and lower case.


-Construction paper folded to make 16 squares, one per student
-Chalkboard or dry erase board
-Overhead projector and transparency


1. Have construction paper folded with 16 blocks prior to lesson.
2. Write the lower case alphabet on the board.
3. Have a sample bingo card on transparency for the overhead projector.
4. Gather stickers for winners.


Note: This lesson focuses only on knowing and recognizing lower case letters of the alphabet.

1. Tell the boys and girls we are playing ABC Bingo.

2. Pass out to each student a piece of construction paper that has been folded into 16 blocks.

3. Ask, “Who can tell me how many letters are in the alphabet?” (Allow time for student response.)

4. Say, “There are 16 blocks and there are 26 letters. Do you think you will use all the letters to fill in your bingo card?” (Allow time for student response.) “Of course not. But you will mix them all up. Watch how I do my card on the overhead.”

5. Write the letter “q” in the first block. (Remember the letters are to be lower case.)

6. Write the letter “w” in the second block. Keep going until the card is filled up. (Do not use a letter more than once.)

7. Now have students write a different lower case letter in each block on their card. Circulate and monitor their progress as they complete the card.

8. Begin the game by selecting and calling out a letter. Tell students to cross out the letter that is called out. For example: Ask, “Does anyone have the letter ‘c’ on their card?” (Circle the letter ‘c’ in the alphabet that was written on the board prior to the lesson.) “If so, now cross it out. I don't have it on mine so I can't cross it out.” Explain that when there are four crossed out letters in a row, up and down, across or diagonally, then the student yells “BINGO!”

9. Ask, “Is everyone ready?” (Allow time for student response.) “Okay, here we go!”

10. Each time a letter is called out, circle it on the board. This way, when a student says “BINGO!” his/her card can be checked by looking at the board. Check to make sure they do have Bingo and then allow them to select a sticker.

11. Play the bingo game several times.


Teacher assesses the students through observation.
-Look for students to cross out the letter when they recognize the letter called out and/or circled on the board.
-Assist students who have difficulty by asking them to look again at the letter that was just circled. Does the letter on the board look like a letter written on their bingo card? If the student still doesn't find it, point to each letter on the bingo card and have the student compare the letters until it is found.
-Be alert to students that still have problems. Watch them closely to see if there are any other problem areas that need further instruction and/or testing.
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