One of the very first units that comes up in any language curriculum is numbers and counting, but if your textbook is anything like mine, they give you almost no resources or time. Our textbook recommends spending 2 weeks on the "preliminary chapter" which covers about 6 different topics! No way! My co-workers and I have given ourselves the entire first quarter for this - a whopping 9 weeks. Now, to most teachers, this sounds interminable. How can you possibly teach alphabet, numbers, greetings, and weather for a full 9 weeks?!? How boring!! Well, I am going to give you my lesson plans below for the numbers unit, and hopefully this will give you some ideas to spice things up, and ultimately, help your students actually learn it long term!

*games are highlighted in blue font and links are red!***For you skimmers out there,**First things first, I don't stop at 1-20 like the book suggests. You have to make language practical and useful in order for students to engage, so we go up to 100 from the beginning, but we do it in chunks to maximize retention and learning. And I go at the pace of my students - if they need longer, I add in games as necessary, but typically, we can do a chunk of 20 in 2 days (about 80 minutes) once they learn the pattern.

We learn the numbers 1-10. I am lucky that most of my students usually know them already. We just count verbally before I show them anything written. Then we do physical stretches or activities for random numbers such as 10 jumping jacks, 7 disco arms, 3 claps, 5 jazz hands, etc. Depending on the class, I let students pick the next "move" (within reason) and we do it as a group. We count each move in Spanish as we do it. This gets kids moving and laughing. It's ok that they don't know how to say the motions in Spanish because the goal is the counting in the target language. Then I have them sit, teach the word

**DAY 1**(40 mins.)We learn the numbers 1-10. I am lucky that most of my students usually know them already. We just count verbally before I show them anything written. Then we do physical stretches or activities for random numbers such as 10 jumping jacks, 7 disco arms, 3 claps, 5 jazz hands, etc. Depending on the class, I let students pick the next "move" (within reason) and we do it as a group. We count each move in Spanish as we do it. This gets kids moving and laughing. It's ok that they don't know how to say the motions in Spanish because the goal is the counting in the target language. Then I have them sit, teach the word

*¿Cuántos?**(how many)*, and ask them questions, making sure to stay below 10. Next I pass out old fashioned notes and we copy down the spelling for 1-10 and together read and pronounce 11-20. I finish off the day with some more*How many...?*questions that include 1-20. I use the first worksheet in this packet (illustrated below) for homework.

**DAY 2: (40 mins.)**1. Correct homework

2. Listening comprehension practice with this activity. Students can either do this independently on their own devices, or the teacher can play it for the whole class.

3.

__I pass out mini white boards and markers to each student and randomly call out numbers. They write it down and hold it up as fast as they can. At first everyone participates and then we turn it into a competition by rows. The first correct team gets 2 points and everyone else who is correct gets one.__

**White board races:**4.

__For this game I write the numbers 1-20 on the board. I tap a number and say its name. If I am correct, the whole class repeats. If I am wrong, everyone stays silent. If they all stay silent, the class gets a point, but if anyone repeats, I get the point. First team to 5 wins! I really have to explain at the beginning that we don't get mad at each other and its just for fun. Inevitably there will be one goofball that gets it wrong on purpose because s/he thinks it's funny. If this happens too often, I usually stop the game or remind that student they need work with the team.__

**Teacher vs. Student:**5. Homework: Study 1-20

**DAY 3 (For me, this was a block day - 80 mins.)**1. Quiz on 1-20

2. Listening activity C independently on your device when you finish your quiz.

3. I teach numbers 20-40 with call and repeat and use a SmartBoard chart with How many...? questions as well as several money counting questions.

4. Bingo for numbers 0-40. I pass out blank bingo boards in plastic page protectors. With a dry-erase marker, I ask them to create a board for 0-20 and pass out bingo markers. Then they make new boards with 20-40 and we play again. For homework, I assign the second worksheet in this packet.

**DAY 4 (40 mins.)**1. Correct homework

2.

__Football stats.__This is a real-life activity relatable to students, so they really enjoy it! You can purchase it here in my TpT store (see preview below)! I verbally ask students questions in Spanish like

*"How many points does Texas have?"*or

*"Which team has 24 points?"*and for higher level students

*"How many points were scored altogether in the UNC/USC game?"*You can use cognates and simplified langauge for beginners.

*¿Cuál grupo tiene 24 puntos? ¿Cuántos puntos hay en total para UNC/USC? etc.*

3. Listening activity D

4.

__for numbers 1-40. Create flashcards or a google presentation. Students compete 1 on 1 to say the number first. In my class, you have to beat 6 people in a row to win a prize because students very rarely make it all the way "around the world."__

**Around the world**Homework: Study for quiz on 20-40

**DAY 5 (40 mins.)**1. Quiz for 20-40.

2. Introduce 40-60 with point and repeat.

3.

__(Project the numbers on the board and divide the class into 2 teams. Call a number and first person to smack the correct answer with their flyswatter wins.)__

**Flyswatter game**Homework: The Third worksheet in this packet

**DAY 6 (40 mins.)**1. Correct homework

2. Numbers tic-tac-toe: Instead of writing X's and O's in the boxes, students replace the word with a number and try to beat their partner with three in a row. It includes an answer key so students can check their work.

3.

__Students line up shoulder-to-shoulder and begin counting in Spanish. You choose a multiple that students cannot say (usually 7). Each student counts out loud and if they wind up with a multiple of 7 or a a number with a 7 in it, they must say "Buzz" instead of their number. If they forget, they are out.__

**Buzz:**4. Homework: Study for quiz on 40-60

**DAY 7**(Block day = 80 mins.)1. Quiz on 40-60

2. Listening activity E

3. Count as a class from 60-80 (by now they know the pattern and I just have to give them the 10s).

4. Math problems - I project some really easy math problems on the board written in words (sesenta y uno + diez = ) and they write the answer in numbers. Everyone must write down the answer, but I will randomly call on one person to answer for a prize.

5. Sports Stats: We used this for the first time on day 4, but now we get into higher numbers. Here are some fun interactive suggestions:

- Toss a soft ball to students when you call on them to answer

- Have the whole class stand and each person may sit after s/he has participated.

- Have more advanced students make up their own questions for the class to answer.

-After the whole class has participated, have students work in pairs to make statements and ask questions to each other.

6. Reading activity: I have a subscription to ¿Qué Tal? Magazine and created an activity using an infographic about pets. We worked on reading strategies and almost all of the answers were related to numbers. Due to copyright, I can't post it here, but you can find lots of other great activities for using infographics from Spanish Sundries, a fellow TpT seller!

HW: Study for quiz on 60-80 (at this point, they know the pattern and we can speed up!)

**DAY 8 (40 mins.)**1. Quiz 60-80

2. Count as a class 80-100

3. Individual-white board practice/races

4. Numbers tic-tac-toe

**DAY 9 (40 mins.)**1. Around the world with all numbers

2. Bingo 80-100

Homework: The fifth worksheet in this packet

**DAY 10 (40 mins.)**1. Quiz on 80-100

2. Practice sharing phone numbers with partners (you can make it up with you want!)

3. Begin telling time unit

There are about a million more activities you can do with numbers such as creating class surveys and graphing results, talking about currency, age, height, or a myriad of other topics, but hopefully some of these games and ideas will be useful to you. I personally like the activities selected above because they are very narrowly focused on one objective:

*learning the numbers*and don't require too much extra language, which lowers the anxiety threshold for students significantly. What are your favorite numbers and counting lessons? Share below!