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Whilst the normal Numbers 1 to 12 song is great for most kids, CD8 also has the new Hip Hop numbers song, which is great for older or "too
cool for school" students.
All you do is to say the number then the kids repeat. You say the next two, then the kids repeat. You could also simply listen to each number, then repeat with the kids. If you want to see how well it works, try it yourself, we have the exact same song for learning Japanese numbers. All it takes is a couple of listens!
1. Put everyone in groups of between 2 and 10 kids.
2. The first person says either "1", "2" or "3"
3. The next person continues on and can say an additional one, two or three numbers.
E.g. if the first person said "1, 2", the second person can say either "3" or "3,4" or "3,4,5"
4. Continue around the group until one person is forced to say "13". They are now out.
5. Start again from 2.
It's also a good idea to start teaching numbers 1-12 first rather than just 1-10.
Eleven ( most kids will know "Seven Eleven") and twelve tend to be tough to learn, but introducing them early helps a lot, plus it means the next set of numbers are thirTEEN, fourTEEN, fifTEEN i.e. really simple. But the main reason is that you can quickly flip to telling the time.
Then the next set of numbers you want to try is up to 31. One reason is it helps teach the dates ( if needed), and all the kids will know 31 thanks to the ice cream flavours!
A good activity for teens or twenties is to get the kids to get people's shoe sizes. Teach them "What's your shoe size?" and get them to ask classmates, parents, teachers in the staff room, or get them to go to other classes and ask the kids there. They can then do things like calculating the average shoe size of each grade or other activities that link with their maths lessons.
Next is up to 60, so you can do times like 12:50 or 9:45.
Then it's pretty much up to you, but for big numbers a cool activity is to get pictures and prices for yachts or helicopters or diamond rings, the kids have a lot of fun listening as you say the price, then trying to adapt it to their own currency!
Also have a look at the Online Numbers Game
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