Pronouncing 1st, 2nd, 3rd etc. ( the “ordinal” numbers) can sometimes be a bit tricky, especially if the local language doesn’t have all those “th” and “s” sounds.
So…. just like with the other Seasonal lessons, let’s use some Christmas spirit to make it Genki!
And what better way to do it than using an Advent Calendar and making it into a game!
1. Either draw a big advent calendar on the board, or make one out of ordinal number flashcards (and put points on the back of each card), or if you want to go all the way make a stack of shoe boxes, one for each date with a door opening at the front and a secret present inside!
2. Ask the kids a review question (any of the Christmas questions will do) and the fastest one to answer gets to throw a sticky ball at one of the dates on the board. If they can say that date in English e.g. “December 21st” then they can either rub off that date and get a point (if you just drew it on the board), take off the flashcard and see how many points are on the reverse (if you used flashcards) or open the door to get the secret present if you went all the way made the shoe boxes!
Ninja Tip: Or if you want even more ordinal practice try some silly maths by saying “What is the 4th add the 9th?” and the kids have to shout out the answer i.e. December 13th! Yeah, it’s not correct English nor maths, but it’s good extra “th” practice if you need it!
3. Keep going until all the dates have gone.
The team with the most points or presents is the winner.
Ninja Tip: If you’re using flashcards, also put a “Whiteout!” card behind a few of the numbers. If any team picked that card they lose all their points!
The shoebox one also works really great for Christmas parties, make it so each person gets a go and hence a present!
Let’s Genki it up even more with the songs…
If you want to make it even more Genki, do the Ordinal Numbers Song in the When is your birthday? software first, the kids love it!
And of course it’s also really great to link up with the How many days till Chritmas? song and lesson.
Do let us know what you think in the comments!
P.S. Don’t forget the Software Homework Programme is only open until Nov 27th, get in now if you’d like to join us.
P.P.S. It’s Thanksgiving on Thursday – Happy Thanksgiving! – and then it’s Black Friday the next day. Now I don’t have a Genki English offer on this year ( the Teacher’s Set is already too heavily discounted) but if you want to have a try learning a language the Genki way yourself, I do have a special offer on my Japanese Learning Kit. Until Saturday you’ll be able to buy the super video version for the same price as the regular mp3 audio only version. Full details are here and there are also a ton of great workbooks and posters in with the pack too – I think you’ll like it!
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