This lesson plan for teachers of older teenage and adult students at low intermediate B1 level is about big numbers. Students will participate in a pair work jigsaw reading activity.




Lots of our students have problems with big numbers. Sometimes they don’t know where to say ‘and’. Sometimes they confuse numbers like ‘sixteen’ and ‘sixty’. In this lesson students revise big numbers in a fun way. First they play a guessing game, then they play Bingo! They finish with a pair work jigsaw reading activity.


Big numbers


Lower intermediate B1


  • To help students say big numbers correctly
  • To help students understand big numbers correctly
  • To develop students’ speaking and listening skills


Lesson plan: download

Worksheets: download

By Katherine Bilsborough

The plans and worksheets are downloadable and in pdf format - right click on the attachment and save it on your computer.

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Submitted by dozymare on Mon, 04/09/2012 - 17:13


Brilliant.  I used this this morning with a group of lower intermediate 12 - 14 year olds.  They loved it.  There is a slight problem with the pairwork activity as some of the answers were missing completely and some had the same answer on each sheet.  I didn't notice before the lesson.  Make sure you re-type the worksheets before your lesson!

Submitted by Antonio Banares on Tue, 04/10/2012 - 09:26


Kilimanjaro, 5898 metres high

The Burj Khalifa building in Dubai is 2717 feet high.

I carried my head a couple of inches higher as I climbed down from them..

 by the by, the Yangstze river was 6418 km long. Peace and love,


Thanks a million to Dozymare for pointing out the error and to Antonio for providing the numbers! We'll have this fixed as soon as possible.


Submitted by ellenpd on Wed, 04/11/2012 - 20:18

In reply to by Sally Trowbridge (not verified)


Hi everyone,

Sorry for the problems with the worksheets. They are correct now.

Best wishes,


TeachingEnglish Team

Submitted by franagresti on Fri, 05/18/2012 - 05:57


Great work. We teachers sometimes forget or underestimate the reading of big numbers. This fun lesson is handy to have. Thanks.

Submitted by James Styring on Wed, 06/05/2019 - 08:44


I had 7 adult ESOL ss with varying levels of ability all >A2. I had just over an hour and it went really well. Ss enjoyed the lesson, the activities were well staged and boy did they need drilling of /th/! There a lot of free trees. Thank you!

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