Reviewing Numbers With SONG PIECES! [Teaching With Songs A1/A2]


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Whether you teach English online or not, teaching with songs has a wider scope than you might think, and it does not only mean gap-fill!. Check my older posts and don’t be afraid to try something new!

This week, SONG PIECES is back! This time, in another special edition for ELEMENTARY STUDENTS (A1, A2)


SONG PIECES is fast-paced, and provides extra energy and fun at any moment you need: Review, warm-up, consolidation, or as a simple reward activity.


In this ELT song-based activity, students WORK in teams (or individually), LISTEN to 7 different short song extracts, and IDENTIFY numbers in each one.

OBS: This lesson plan was made for ONLINE TEACHING, but it can be modified for face-to-face instruction, as well.

Language level: (A1 - A2)
Learner type : All ages
Skills : listening and writing
Topic : numbers
Materials : edited mp3 files for the songs used, YouTube Video Version
Duration: 15 - 20 min
Downloadable Materials: instructions, edited mp3 files for the songs used


Step 1 

Divide students into pairs or trios (it can also be done individually, depending on the number of students), and tell them they are going to listen to various extracts of songs and in each one they have to listen to NUMBERS and write them down on a blank sheet of paper.

Review numbers before the activity by writing some numbers on the board and having students say them.

Step 2

Tell them they have 3 chances to try to get the right numbers. Then, play the first extract 3 times and they write down the answer for number 1.

Youtube Video Version.

Step 3

Check what the teams wrote down (you can use the chat feature of the application you’re using with your online students. ex: in-meeting chat in zoom , and ask them to use it to send you the answers.

Assign points. (1 for each right number, if there is more than 1 number in the recording)

Step 4

Repeat steps 2, 3, 4 for the next song extracts. The team with more points, in the end, is the winner!


Song 1: Sk8er Boi - Avril Lavigne
FIVE years from now
She sits at home
Feeding the baby, she's all alone
She turns on TV
Guess who she sees
Skater boy rockin' up MTV

Song 2: Pon de replay - Rihanna
Come, Mr. DJ, won't you turn the music up?
It goes ONE by one, even TWO by two
Everybody on the floor, let me show you how we do
Let's go, dip it low, then you bring it up slow

Song 3: Manic Monday - The Bangles
Have to catch an early train
Got to be to work by NINE
And if I had an aeroplane
I still couldn't make it on time

Song 4: This Night Has Opened My Eyes - The Smiths
You kicked and cried like a bullied child
A grown man of TWENTY-FIVE
Oh, he said he'd cure your ills
But he didn't and he never will

Song 5: Pretty Fly (for a white guy)- The Offspring
Now he's getting a tattoo yeah, he's getting ink done
He asked for a 13, but they drew a 31
Friends say he's trying too hard and he's not quite hip
But in his own mind 

Song 6:In the Navy - Village People
Protecting the land and sea
In the navy
Yes, you can sail the SEVEN seas
In the navy
Yes, you can put your mind at ease
In the navy

Song 7: Ironic - Alanis Morissette
An old man turned 98
He won the lottery and died the next day
It's a black fly in your Chardonnay
It's a death row pardon TWO minutes too late
And isn't it ironic, don't you think?

This song-based lesson plan is sure to spice up your classes! However, would you like to think, feel and act more creatively on your own to be able to turn ANY song you want into an engaging lesson plan?
HERE are TIME-SAVING ideas that do the heavy work so you can focus on the most important: INSPIRING and MOTIVATING YOUR STUDENTS to learn CREATIVELY!


That’s it for this week! I hope this activity is helpful and enjoyable! 


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