Ideas for English Lessons


Subject: Cardinal numbers


This game is designed specially for helping you and your new students to know each other better in first lessons.

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Beginner

Recommended Age: 8-10 y.o.

Number of Participants: 6-12 players

Time: 15-20 minutes

Place: Classroom


- A calculator

- A black- or whiteboard

Materials: A piece of chalk or a marker

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation: Not required  

How to Play. To start the game, you ask the children: 'How old are you?' As the players take it in turns to answer, you put the corresponding figures in your calculator. When everyone has answered, you ask: 'How old are you altogether?' Once one of the children has said the precise number, you write it on the board like this:

Age: 127


Next, you ask, e.g.: 'How many sisters have you got?' and follow the same procedure. Then you calculate brothers, aunts, uncles and so on. At the end of the activity, the players count up the statiscics of the class by saying all together: 'Altogether we are one hundred and twenty-seven years old, we've got five sisters, four brothers, ...'. There is no winner in this game, but its effectiveness as an 'icebreaker' is great!

Note. At higher levels, you may wish additionally to count up the total weight and height of the class.