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Ideas for English Lessons



Subject: Cardinal numbers


This game is designed to help new classmates to get to better know each other, while playing, in first lessons.

Skills: Speaking, Listening.

Level: A1

Recommended Age: 8-10 y.o.

Number of Participants: 6-12 players.

Time: 15-20 minutes.

Place: Classroom.

Equipment: A calculator; Board.

Materials: A piece of chalk / a marker.

Preliminary Preparation: Not required.

Immediate Preparation: Not required.  

How to Play. First you ask the players: 'How old are you?' As the children take it in turns to answer, you put the corresponding digits on your calculator. When everyone has answered, you ask:'How old are you altogether?' Once one of the players has said the accurate number, you write it on the board. Next you ask, e.g.: 'How many sisters have you got?' and follow the same procedure. Then calculate brothers, aunts, uncles and so on. At the end of the game, the players count up the class statiscics by saying all together:'Altogether we are one hundred and twenty-seven years old, we've got five sisters, four brothers, etc'. There is no winner in this game, but icebreaking effect is great!

Note. At higher levels, you can also count the total weight and height of the class.