Numbers - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets
Sum it up
ESL EFL Listening, Speaking and Writing Activity - Beginner - 20 Minutes
Here is a fun crossword activity for beginners to help them practice spelling numbers one to twenty. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Both students have the same crossword, but Student A has the words across and Student B has the words down. Their task is to ask their partner for clues and complete sums to work out the missing numbers on their crossword, and then spell the numbers correctly. Students take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of the missing words on their crossword, e.g. What’s 1 down? Their partner then reads the sum that appears on their half of the crossword. 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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Can I check your phone number?
ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
In this group speaking activity, students check and correct phone numbers by asking and answering questions. This activity is useful for practicing numbers 0 to 9. The class is divided into groups of up to eight students and each student is given 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. Their 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 round their group, speaking to each classmate in turn. When a student speaks to another classmate in their group, 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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ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this entertaining class activity, students play bingo by completing sums and matching the answers to numbers on their bingo card. This game helps students practice numbers 0 to 50. After practicing some basic add and subtract sums, the students are told that they are going to play bingo to practice numbers 0 to 50. However, instead of just hearing numbers, students have to work out the numbers from simple sums. Each student is then given a bingo card. The teacher or a student reads out a sum at random from the bingo master card and puts a tick in the appropriate column to show the sum has been read. 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 bingo master card, the student wins the game. Students repeat the game a few times using a different bingo card each time. This game can also be played in groups of three or four to give students more practice with the numbers.
ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
This listening and speaking activity helps students to practice saying large numbers ending with 'teen' and 'ty'. The class is divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of cards for Game A. 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, 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, the cards for Game B are distributed. The groups then repeat the activity with the new game cards.
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ESL EFL Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
Here is an engaging class activity to help students practice saying large numbers. In the activity, students complete a quiz by matching the numbers to facts. Each student is given a number card. The students memorize the number on their card and then return the card to the teacher. Each student is then given a piece of paper. Students go around the class taking it in turns to tell each other their numbers. When a student hears a classmate’s number, they write it on the piece of paper. When a student has all 15 numbers, they sit down and add their number at the end. The students are then divided into pairs and they compare their numbers. After the numbers have been checked, each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. In their pairs, students try to match the numbers with the facts on their worksheet. Pairs win one point for each correct answer. The pair with the most correct answers wins the game.
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The Population Game
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
In this class activity, students play a guessing game to practice large numbers. In the game, students guess the exact population of a country by asking yes/no questions using 'Are there...?' The class is divided into four teams. One student comes to the front of the class and is given a population card. The card shows the approximate population of a country. The student tells the class the name of the country on the card, e.g. Brunei. The teams 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 using 'more than' and 'less than'. For example, Are there more than one million people living in Brunei? The student with the card answers 'Yes' or 'No'. If a team receives a 'Yes' answer, they ask another question. If the answer is 'No', play passes to the next team. This continues until a team has established the exact population on their turn. When this happens, the team asks 'Are there 422,500 people living in Brunei?' to which the student replies 'Yes'. That team wins the round and is awarded one point. Then a new student comes to the front and so on. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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