Turn Around Activity
This activity was originally called ‘Close your Eyes’, but the pupils found it impossible to do so!
- Write the numbers, as figures, on the board, from 1-10 or 1-20 depending on how many numbers they have learnt. The numbers should be written all over the board randomly, not in sequence, nor in lines or columns.
- Tell the pupils they have one minute to study the numbers. Help any pupils who have difficulty with any of the numbers.
- Tell the pupils to turn around, with their backs to the board.
- Quickly rub off one number.
- Tell the pupils to turn around, and say what number is missing.
- Whoever says the number first comes out, and becomes the teacher. Encourage the pupil to say Turnaround, and then the pupil rubs off one number, and another pupil comes out the front etc.
The game gets more frantic as the board loses numbers, but this is a good opportunity for all the class to be calling out numbers in English!
Groups of …
This activity involves a lot of movement, so a big space is recommended!
- Have all the pupils up and walking around – if you want, you can give instructions while they are walking, as in the game Simon Says, eg Eat spaghetti!, Swim!, Hop!, Clap your hands!, etc.
- When they have been walking for about a minute, suddenly announce Groups of four, for example, and the pupils have to get into groups of four as quickly as possible. Anyone left out of a group is eliminated!
- The remainder continue walking around, and you announce another Groups of …
- Continue as above until there are only two pupils left. They are the winners.
You need copies of the Numbers: Groups of … worksheet. Each pupil should have their own copy. The pupils have their worksheet in front of them, and you call out, for example, Groups of 7! The pupils ring with a pencil a group of seven items (dogs) on their worksheet. Then you call out another Groups of …and the pupils ring another set. Continue until all the dogs have been circled.
Afterwards, in pairs, each pupil can point to a ringed set on their partner’s worksheet, and ask How many?. Their partner has to count and give the answer. Then he/she does the same with their partner’s worksheet.