Resources and materials for ESL Kids teachers

Buzz 7Buzz. 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.).

Line upCount-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).

Scrambled NumbersNumber Board Scramble. This is an easy game for practicing numbers. The teacher writes numbers on the blackboard in a scramble here and there, but low enough that the students can reach. Split students into two teams and have a player from each team stand in front of the board. The teacher calls out a number - the person that is able to find and circle it first wins a point for their team. Then another 2 players have a go. Even more challenging - have four teams all looking for the same number. The kids just love it. (Submitted by Susie).

BoxNumber 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.

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

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