First of all decide whether to present the numbers 1-10 or 1-12. The class needs to know up to 12 to go on to telling the time and the months of the year but 12 words can be too much in the beginning. I make my decision based on how quickly the class learns.
This is one of the first things the students learn and they may be feeling overwhelmed at so much information at the same time. It depends on my class but I like to present just the numbers up to 10 and once they are comfortable with 10 I extend it to 12 which is only 2 more on top of already learned words.
As children are learning languages in Kindergarten and primary I’ve focused on these age groups for the presentation. I go the traditional show and repeat route for actual learning of the sounds. I use my free presentation slides for this, a link to the resource is here. The slides show all the numbers up to 12 but I just stop where I need to doing 3 numbers at a time until they can repeat successfully all together as a group. I then ‘test’ them by showing random slides to see if they can remember how to say them. There is no audio on the slides so that I can say the words when I like. I have included a link below to an audio file of a native French speaker saying the numbers. You can pause this and play how you like to go along with the presentation.
Presentation of French numbers resources
Children love songs to learn and this is one of my favourites Learning the French numbers 1-10 song
Here is a link to an audio file of a native French speaker saying all the numbers 0-over 12
Begin by showing slides with the corresponding sounds either you saying it or the audio file. Children repeat the words as a group then get questioned individually on the slides. Choose numbers at random to stretch them then when it seems that have them mostly right move on to some practice games below.
Practicing the French numbers 1-10 or 12
Once the class is confident with saying the numbers I move on to practicing them. There are thousands of ways to do this and these are just some ideas if anyone has other ideas or great ways to do this then please comment below and if there are any resources you know of I’d love to add them to this post so just put a link in the comments or contact me and I’ll add them.
1. The bean bag game – oral practice
See here for an explanation on how to play it.
2. Missing numbers – oral practice
Print and cut out the presentation of French numbers 1-10 slides. Laminate and then stick them on the whiteboard. Get the class to turn around and ask ‘Qu’est-ce qui manque?’ see if they can guess the missing number. Rearrange and repeat.
3. Bingo – listening comprehension/reading
See here for how to play bingo with my worksheets. Here is a link to my French Bingo Game pack for the numbers 1-10.
Print then cut out and laminate the cards. Play either with the 6 number or 9 number cards. Print and laminate the small squares with the numbers in them using either the coloured or black and white sets. Make enough for every child to have a complete set of numbers.
Play bingo with each child putting the correct number square onto the correct number on their card when they hear it said. This reinforces spelling with the number recognition.
4. Guess the number – Individual oral practice
Print out one of each sheet words per child and 2 of the blank grid pages. Cut up the word sheet so that each child has a set of cut out words. the following sheets from either the French Numbers 1-10 worksheet .
1. Divide the class into pairs.
2. Give each child a blank sheet and ask them to cut up the numbers sheet so that they have a pile of numbers that can be stuck onto the blank sheet.
3. Move the class around so that they are not next to their partner. They should now stick their numbers onto one of the pages in a random order.
4. Bring the partners back together. Each child takes a pen. The first child says all their numbers in the order they put them in starting top left, going to the bottom then coming up to the top of the second column and going to the bottom of that column. The second child then writes the numerical number as they hear it into the correct square.
5. Allow them to compare if they got it right.