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Rebecca Ladhams


GRADE LEVEL: Special Education
SKILLS: Listening, speaking, reading, writing
TIME: One class
MATERIALS: A picture of a cartoon character for each student
A washing up bowl of water
Toilet roll
OBJECTIVES: To practice numbers



1. Start writing numbers one to thirty on the board and encourage students to read them out as you do this, maybe even race you. If they are good you can write some numbers back to front/upside down to try and trick them.


2. Test their knowledge by pointing to random numbers and asking individual students to read them out. Or, give them pretend phone numbers to read out loud whilst another student writes it on the board.


3. Next play sticky-fingers using ‘21’ as the ‘bad’ number. Whoever is ‘It’ holds out their hands and everyone else holds on to a finger each. The person who’s ‘It’ then starts saying numbers ‘5, 10, 12, 28, 26 – 21!’ As soon as the students hear 21 they start running and the person who’s ‘It’ chases after them. Whoever’s caught becomes ‘It’.


4. Give students a picture of a character you know they like. This character will climb the ladder you have drawn on the board as they get points. Get the students to janken with each other. When there’s a winner, write a number on the board with something wrong about it, i.e. partially or fully upside down or back to front. If the winner can rewrite the number correctly their character goes up a step on the ladder. And so on until someone’s character climbs to the top.


5. I used this next game to start teaching my students 100, 200, 300 etc, but you can use it to practice 10, 20, 30 etc. Draw a target on the board with the highest scoring mark on the bullseye (try and squeeze in about 5 circles). Then, using wet balls of tissue the student calls out the number they are going to hit and throws the ball at the blackboard. I got my students to start with the outside circle and work their way into the bullseye.


6. If there is any time left at the end of the lesson you can volley a balloon up between you and count how many volleys you can do in a row, or play catch with a tennis ball. If somebody drops the ball they have to go down on one knee, then two if they drop it again and get up if they catch it. Alternatively you could count how many times students can clap their hands between somebody throwing them the ball and catching it.




These games can be spread out and used as warm ups/closing games in different lessons. I have used these lessons for a group of five of us.

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