Numbers ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Let's Practice Numbers

ESL Numbers Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Matching, Crossword, Writing Sentences from Prompts, Gap-fill - Beginner (A1) - 25 minutes

This engaging numbers worksheet helps students learn and practice numbers 1 to 20. First, students write numbers 1 to 20 using words from a box. Students then spell numbers to find a hidden message. Next, students count pictures and write sentences with There is/are..., e.g. 'There are three chickens'. In the last exercise, students fill in missing words to spell increasingly higher numbers.
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Numbers 1 to 20 Worksheet

ESL Numbers 1 to 20 Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Forming Words, Matching, Sequencing, Sums, Word Search - Beginner (A1) - 20 minutes

This numbers worksheet helps students learn and practice spelling numbers 1 to 20. Students begin by writing missing letters to make numbers and then matching the numbers to pictures. Students then write the next number in a set of sequences. Next, students complete sums. Lastly, students find the numbers from Exercise C in a word search.
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Sum it up

ESL Numbers Crossword - Speaking Activity: Crossword, Doing Sums - Pair Work - Beginner (A1) - 20 minutes

In this free numbers crossword activity, students complete a number crossword by doing sums. In pairs, students take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of the missing numbers on their crossword. Their partner then reads the sum that corresponds to that number and the other student does the sum. When the student has the answer, they spell the number. If the spelling is correct, the student writes the number on their crossword. If not, the student must try to spell the number again until they get it right.
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Can I check your phone number?

ESL Phone Numbers Activity - Listening and Speaking: Checking, Correcting - Group Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this useful saying phone numbers activity, students check and correct phone numbers. This activity is useful for practicing numbers 0 to 9. In groups, students assume the identity of the person whose name and phone number is at the top of their card. The other names and phone numbers on their card are the other students in their group, but each phone number is wrong. The students' task is to speak to each person in their group and correct their phone number. Students go around their group, speaking to each classmate in turn. When a student speaks to another classmate, they ask for their name and check the phone number next to the name on their card. Their classmate then gives the student the correct phone number. The student confirms the number back and corrects the phone number on their card. When the students have finished, they compare cards with a partner to make sure they have the same corrected phone numbers.
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Mathematical Bingo

ESL Numbers Bingo Game - Vocabulary: Doing Sums, Matching - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this free numbers game, students play bingo by completing sums and matching the answers to numbers on a bingo card. This game helps students practice numbers 0 to 50. Sums are called out at random from a caller's sheet. Students then do the sum. If a student has the answer on their bingo card, they cross the number off. When a student has crossed off all nine numbers, they shout 'bingo' and read out the numbers. If the numbers are correct, the student wins the round. Students play several rounds using a different bingo card each time.
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Confusing Numbers

ESL Confusing Numbers Activity - Vocabulary and Pronunciation: Stressing Syllables, Matching - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this challenging saying numbers activity, students practice saying large numbers ending with teen and ty. In groups, the student with 'start' on their card begins by saying the number indicated in the 'Say' column next to 'start'. The other students listen carefully and try to find the number in the 'Hear' column on their card. This can be quite challenging as the numbers have a very similar sound, e.g. 118 and 180. So, students need to pay particular attention to how they pronounce the numbers. If a student sees a matching number in the 'Hear' column, they say the corresponding number in the 'Say' column for the other students to recognise. The turn then passes from student to student until they reach the finish. When the students have finished, distribute the cards for Game B. The groups then repeat the activity with the new game cards.
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Numbers Quiz

ESL Numbers Game - Listening and Speaking: Dictation, Listening for Detail, Matching - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this fun numbers game, students dictate and write down large numbers and then use the numbers to complete a quiz. Each student memorizes a number on a card. Students then write numbers 1 to 16 on a piece of paper and go around the class telling each other their numbers. Students listen to their classmates' numbers and write them on the piece of paper. When the students have written down all 15 numbers, they sit down and add their number at the end. In pairs, students compare numbers with their partner. Next, pairs try to match the numbers with facts on a worksheet and write down their answers. Pairs score one point for each correct answer. The pair with the most points wins the game.
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The Population Game

ESL Large Numbers Game - Vocabulary and Speaking: Asking and Answering Questions, Guessing - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this large numbers game, students guess the exact population of a country by asking Are there more/less than questions. In groups, students take it in turns to pick up a card and tell the group the name of the country on the card, e.g. Brunei. The group members then take turns asking a question to the student to determine the exact population of the country. They do this by asking Are there questions with more than and less than, e.g. 'Are there more than one million people living in Brunei?' The student with the card answers Yes, there are or No, there aren't, according to the number written on the card. If a group member receives a 'yes' answer, they ask another question. If the answer is 'no', play passes to the next student. This continues until a group member has established the exact population on their turn. When this happens, the student asks an Are there question about the exact population size, e.g. 'Are there 422,500 people living in Brunei?' That student wins the round and keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Fraction and Percentage Dominoes

ESL Fractions and Percentages Game - Vocabulary: Matching - Group Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 20 minutes

In this fractions and percentages game, students play dominoes by matching numerical concepts expressed in different terms or symbols. The first player tries to match quantities of equal value by placing a domino down either before or after the domino on the table. If the player does this successfully, they read the fraction or percentage aloud. The next player then tries to put down one of their dominoes at either end of the domino chain and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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