Numbers ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Let's Practice Numbers

ESL Numbers Worksheet - Reading, Spelling and Writing Exercises - Beginner (A1) - 25 minutes

This engaging numbers worksheet helps students learn and practice numbers. First, students write numbers 1 to 20 using words from a box. Students then spell numbers to find a hidden message. Next, students count pictures and write sentences with 'There is/are...', e.g. 'There are three chickens'. In the last exercise, students fill in missing words to spell increasingly higher numbers.
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Interactive Version - In this numbers interactive worksheet, students work through a variety of exercises to learn numbers 1 to 100.


Numbers 1 to 20 Worksheet

ESL Numbers 1 to 20 Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Spelling Exercises - Beginner (A1) - 20 minutes

This numbers worksheet helps students learn and practice spelling numbers 1 to 20. Students begin by writing missing letters to make numbers and then matching the numbers to pictures. Students then write the next number in a set of sequences. Next, students complete sums. Lastly, students find the numbers from Exercise C in a word search.
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Sum it up

ESL Numbers Crossword - Reading, Listening, Writing and Spelling Activity - Beginner (A1) - 20 minutes

In this free numbers crossword activity, students complete a number crossword by doing sums. In pairs, sudents take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of the missing numbers on their crossword, e.g. 'What's 1 down?' Their partner then reads the sum that corresponds to that number on their worksheet. The other student does the sum to find out the number. When the student has the answer, they spell the number. If the spelling is correct, the student writes the number on their crossword. If not, the student must try to spell the number again until they get it right. When the students have finished, they compare their answers.
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Interactive Version - In this free numbers breakout room activity, pairs of students do sums in order to complete a numbers interactive crossword.


Can I check your phone number?

ESL Phone Numbers Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this useful saying phone numbers activity, students check and correct phone numbers by asking and answering questions. This activity is useful for practicing numbers 0 to 9. In groups, students assume the identity of the person whose name and phone number is at the top of their card. The other names and phone numbers on their card are the other students in their group, but each phone number is wrong. The students' task is to speak to each person in their group and correct their phone number by asking and answering questions. Students stand up and go around their group, speaking to each classmate in turn. When a student speaks to another classmate, the student asks for their name and checks the phone number next to the name on their card. Their classmate then gives the student the correct phone number. The student confirms the number back to their classmate and corrects the phone number on their card. When the students have finished, they compare cards with a partner to make sure they have the same corrected phone numbers.
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Mathematical Bingo

ESL Numbers Bingo Game - Listening, Writing, Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this free numbers game, students play bingo by completing sums and matching the answers to numbers on a bingo card. This game helps students practice numbers 0 to 50. You or a student reads out a sum at random from a caller's sheet and puts a tick next to the sum to show it has been read out. All the students then do the sum. If a student has the answer on their bingo card, they cross the number out. When a student has crossed out all nine numbers, they shout 'bingo'. The student then reads out the numbers they crossed off. If they match with the numbers that were ticked on the caller's sheet, the student wins the game. Students repeat the game a few times using a different bingo card each time.
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Confusing Numbers

ESL Confusing Numbers Activity - Reading, Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this challenging saying numbers activity, students practice saying large numbers ending with 'teen' and 'ty'. In groups, the student with 'start' on their card begins by saying the number indicated in the 'Say' column next to 'start'. The other students listen carefully and try to find the number in the 'Hear' column on their card. This can be quite challenging as the numbers have a very similar sound, e.g. 118 and 180. So, the students need to pay particular attention to how they pronounce the numbers. If a student sees a matching number in the 'Hear' column, they say the corresponding number in the 'Say' column for the other students to recognise. The turn then passes from student to student until they reach the finish. When the students have finished, distribute the cards for Game B. The groups then repeat the activity with the new game cards.
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Numbers Quiz

ESL Numbers Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this fun numbers game, students dictate and write down large numbers and then use the numbers to complete a quiz. Each student memorizes a number on a card. The students then write numbers 1 to 16 on a piece of paper and go around the class telling each other their numbers. The students listen to their classmates' numbers and write them on the piece of paper. When the students have written down all 15 numbers, they sit down and add their number at the end. In pairs, students compare numbers with their partner. After the numbers have been checked, the pairs try to match the numbers with the facts on a worksheet and write their answers in the spaces provided. When the students have finished, elicit the correct answers from the class. Pairs score one point for each correct answer. The pair with the most points wins the game.
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The Population Game

ESL Large Numbers Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this large numbers game, students guess the exact population of a country by asking 'Are there more/less than...?' questions. In groups, one student picks up a card and tells the group the name of the country on the card, e.g. Brunei. The group members then take it in turns to ask a question to the student to determine the exact population of the country. They do this by asking 'Are there...?' questions with 'more than' and 'less than', e.g. 'Are there more than one million people living in Brunei?' The student with the card answers 'Yes, there are' or 'No, there aren't', according to the number written on the card. If a group member receives a 'yes' answer, they ask another question. If the answer is 'no', play passes to the next student. This continues until a group member has established the exact population on their turn. When this happens, the student asks an 'Are there...?' question about the exact population size, e.g. 'Are there 422,500 people living in Brunei?' to which the student with the card replies 'Yes, there are'. That student wins the round and keeps the card. Then, the next student picks up a card and so on. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Fraction and Percentage Dominoes

ESL Fractions and Percentages Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 20 minutes

In this fractions and percentages game, students play dominoes by matching numerical concepts expressed in different terms or symbols. The first player tries to match quantities of equal value by placing a domino down either before or after the domino on the table. If the player does this successfully, they read the fraction or percentage aloud. The next player then tries to put down one of their dominoes at either end of the domino chain and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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