Numbers Worksheets, ESL Activities and Games

Numbers 1 to 20 Worksheet

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

This numbers worksheet helps students learn and practice spelling numbers 1 to 20. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. 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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Numbers Worksheet

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

This engaging numbers exercises PDF helps students learn and practice numbers. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. 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.


Sum it up

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

In this free numbers worksheet activity, students complete a number crossword by doing sums. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Both students have the same crossword, but Student A has the numbers across and Student B has the numbers down. Their task is to ask their partner for clues and complete sums to work out the missing numbers on their crossword and spell the numbers correctly. Students 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. Divide the students into groups of eight and give each student a card. The 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. After practicing some basic add and subtract sums, tell the students that they are going to play bingo to practice numbers 0 to 50. However, instead of just listening for numbers, students have to work out the numbers from sums. Give each student a bingo card. You or a student then 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. If you have a large class or want to give students more practice with the numbers, have the students play the game in groups of four with students taking it in turns to be the bingo caller.
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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'. Give each group of three a set of Game A cards. 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 Quiz 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. Give each student a number card. The students memorize the number on their card and then hand the card back. Each student then writes numbers 1 to 16 on a piece of paper. Students then 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. Next, divide the students into pairs and they compare numbers with their partner. After the numbers have been checked, give each pair a copy of the worksheet. Working together, the students try to match the numbers with the facts on the 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.
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The Population Game

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

In this large numbers activity, students play a game where they guess the exact population of a country by asking 'Are there more/less than...?' questions. Give each group of four a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. 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 activity, students play a game of dominoes where they match numerical concepts expressed in different terms or symbols. Give each group of three a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out six each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The students then turn over the top domino from the pile and place it face up on the table. 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. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take a domino from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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