Sometimes it is necessary to teach the very basics because students often believe that they know it, but they don’t. Numbers 1-10 are a typical example of superficial knowledge students often have. Even at a young age, they can count from one to ten, but once the numbers don’t go one after another, they are lost.
In this post, I would like to share a set of activities that I use to teach these numbers. You’ll find a worksheet, a speaking activity, a random repeat activity and bingo cards here. I hope you will find at least some of the activities useful.
Random repeat is the best activity to teach any vocabulary I know. It is very simple and yet effective.
Click the link below and click the START button. When the screen is blue, students just listen and repeat the words. Once the screen turns white, students have to say the word before the native speaker.
Once the random repeat activity finishes it is best to continue the lesson with the worksheet below.
Download the following worksheet and ask your students to work on their own and complete all the exercises.
In the first exercise, the students write the words next to the appropriate numbers. If they are not sure about the spelling, they can see all the words below the lines.
In the second exercise, they should solve the crosswords.
In the third exercise, students try to find the words for the numbers in the word search. The first letters are circled to make the search easier.
Start with the following simple activity. Print the following worksheet and cut it up. Each student needs one stripe.
Students work in pairs and each gets a different card. One student dictates their numbers to their partner. The partner listens and writes the number into the free squares. They take turns and once they finish, they compare their tables. They should be the same.
This activity is a bit more demanding than the previous one and therefore should be included in later lessons. Print the following worksheet and cut it up into tables.
Once again, students work in pairs and each student has a different card. They dictate their numbers (digit by digit) to their partner. Their partners listen and write the numbers they hear. Students take turns and try to complete their cards. In the end, students compare their cards and they should be the same.
Before the start of the game, have an award ready for the winner. The prize makes the activity really exciting and fun.
Print the following worksheet and cut it up into cards. Each player gets one card.
The aim of the game is to cross out all the numbers on their card. Ask one of the students to say one of the numbers. All the students listen and cross out the number they hear. If their card contains the same number more than once, they are allowed to cross just one of them. Then ask another student and so on. When someone crosses all the numbers, they shout bingo.
Be careful to call out all the students. Otherwise, the game wouldn’t be fair. Don’t forget to reward the winner.
You can teach your students the following chant. The only problem is that once again your students will know the numbers in a sequence but they will have a problem when they don’t go in the given order.