# Big numbers!

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.

Introduction

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.

Topic

Big numbers

Level

Lower intermediate B1

Aims

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

Materials

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 shakul9 on Thu, 04/05/2012 - 08:09

### thank you

thank you for such a wonderful lesson!

### thank you

Submitted by ba_sbarbati on Sun, 04/08/2012 - 16:33

### Big Numbers

Nice activity! Very clear and useful. Thanks.

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

### Big Numbers Lesson

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

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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,

### Big numbers

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.

Sally

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

In reply to by Sally Trowbridge (not verified)

### Worksheets now correct

Hi everyone,

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

Best wishes,

Ellen

TeachingEnglish Team

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

### Big Numbers

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

Submitted by marinamargoshvili on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 18:39

### Thank you

thank you

Submitted by sfmichelini on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 17:10

### Big Numbers

Nice activity! Thanks.

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

### Great lesson plan

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!

Submitted by Romina2236 on Sat, 03/13/2021 - 13:28