Resources and materials for ESL Kids teachers

Buzz. A counting game. Have the students sit in a circle. The students pass the ball around while counting (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.). When the number reaches 7 the student holding the ball must say "buzz". Any number with a 7 in it must be "buzz" (7, 17, 27, 37, 47, 57, etc.) and any multiple of 7 must be "buzz" (14, 21, 28, 35, 42, etc.).

Count-off. This game requires at least 10 kids or more. They stand in a circle or in lines. Gesture to one child and he or she says "1." Then move down the lines or around the circle counting up to 20. After 20 restart at 1. For a higher level, choose kids at random. If they're too slow or get the wrong number, they're out. Makes a great elimination game.  (submitted by Michael J. Lopez).

Number Board Scramble. T writes numbers on the blackboard in a scramble here and there, but low enough that the Ss can reach. Have two teams and call out a number. The person that is able to find and circle it first wins a point for their team. Even more challenging- have four teams all looking for the same number. The kids just love it. (Submitted by Susie).

Number Codes. Cut out some squares and write numbers from 0-9 on them (do about 4 sets of 0-9).  Put the numbers in a box and then instruct the students to take out the numbers and place them in a line as you call them out.  Then check that the number code is the same as you called out. This also works well for phone numbers.

Number Group Game. Play some music and have your Ss walk around the classroom.  Stop the music suddenly and call out a number (up to the number of Ss in your class).  The Ss must quickly get together in a group of that number.  Any Ss who didn't make it sit out until the next round.

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