Los números altos
I have recently shared in this blog that my students are studying numbers as part of their unit on identities and relationships. As always with languages, the students need to do lots of practice using different activities and strategies so that they can internalise the language and have confidence speaking it from memory. In addition to the task we did on Google Forms (see the post here), we also played a game that I bought from TeachersPayTeachers. The game, called <<Yo tengo....¿Quién tiene?>>, contains 36 number cards and is really designed for a bigger class of students. I am very lucky to have small classes, so I played this game with each student having 3 cards each. How does it work? It's a simple domino effect speaking activity. The card with <<empieza>> starts and asks <<¿Quién tiene doscientos veinticinco?>> and the person with that card answers with <<Yo tengo doscientos veinticinco>> and then asks <<¿Quién tiene novecientos sesenta y dos?>> and so the game continues. Once the students have used a card, I ask them to put it in the centre of our circle so that they can concetrate on the cards that they have left in their hands. It is a good idea to let students write the number out in advance on a post-it note that they stick to the card, or give them a number support sheet, as the students struggle to recall the numbers from memory. It is great practice of the hundreds, and in particular of those tricky hundreds, like quinientos and setecientos. It is also excellent practice of their oral communication skills. Before doing this activity, we discussed the importance of speaking clearly, loudly and also listening very carefully to each other. I took the students out of the classroom into a flexible learning space so that they could sit in a circle and more easily communicate without desks and chairs as obstacles. Finally, it is of course important that they cover up their cards and don't cheat by looking at the number being called out. See my photos of the activity below.
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I have been teaching French and Spanish for 13 years. I qualified and started teaching in the UK, and I currently work at Shanghai Community International School, China. I have experience teaching GCSEs and IB DP and MYP. Find out more about me within these blog pages or below at Linked In.