# Stacking races game

Numbers, ordinal numbers, dates, days of the week, months and times

Instructions for teachers

Cut up one pack of cards. Divide the class into teams of two to four students and give them about 20 blocks each. If you don’t have enough blocks, you can also use paper cups, classroom objects such as erasers, etc.

The teacher or a student picks one card and reads out the words and/ or holds it up and the teams race to make a tower or towers of the suitable height quickest, for example a tower of nine blocks if you said “September” or four towers of one, nine, zero and one block for “Nineteen oh one”.

Some of the packs have trick cards that make no sense, in which case students shouldn’t even touch their blocks. Towers must be able to stand on their own without the students holding them, but their tower falls over they can just try again. When one team has built a tower to the right height, get them to say and/ or write what the tower represents and/ or count up the tower or towers (“One o’clock. Two o’clock” etc).

When you have played a few rounds, students can write more cards to test each other with.

Numbers stacking race games

Numbers

 one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen zero oneteen twoteen fiveteen tenteen

Ordinal numbers stacking race game

 first second third fourth fifth sixth seventh eighth ninth tenth eleventh twelfth thirteenth fourteenth fifteenth twentieth oneth twoth threeth fourst

Dates stacking races game

The packs below can be used separately or you can combine them with ordinal numbers above with two or more towers representing the different parts, e.g. numbers and months (“January 12th”), days and dates (“Monday 7th”), days and full dates (“Monday 13th February”). For example, “January 12th would be one tower of just one block and then a second tower of twelve blocks.

Days of the week stacking race game

You will need to decide which day is the beginning of the week (Monday or Sunday) and drill students on that before playing this game.

 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Blahblahday Jubjubday

Months stacking race game

 January February March April May June July August September October November December Twouary Threecember Jarch

Years stacking race game

Students make one stack for the century and another for the decade and year, e.g. one tower of seventeen blocks then one tower of three blocks for “Seventeen oh three”, or one tower for each figure, e.g. one block then nine blocks then one block then fourteen blocks for “nineteen fourteen”.

 nineteen fourteen nineteen oh one eighteen oh five two thousand and one twenty sixteen twenty ten/ two thousand and ten seventeen ten nineteen eighteen fourteen oh four

Times stacking race games

Times with o’clock stacking race game

Note that the last two are not correct English and so are tricks.

 one o’clock two o’clock three o’clock four o’clock five o’clock six o’clock seven o’clock eight o’clock nine o’clock ten o’clock eleven o’clock twelve o’clock thirteen o’clock twenty five o’clock

Simple times with a.m. and p.m. stacking race game

Students can stack above twelve for the afternoon times, or make one tower for each figure, e.g. a tower of one and a tower of three to mean “13:00” for “one p.m.”

 one a.m. two a.m. three a.m. four a.m. five a.m. six a.m. seven a.m. eight a.m. nine a.m. ten a.m. eleven a.m. twelve a.m. one p.m. two p.m. three p.m. four p.m. five p.m. six p.m. seven p.m. eight p.m. nine p.m. ten p.m.

Simple times with “in the morning” etc stacking race game

Students can stack above twelve for the afternoon times, or make one tower for each figure, e.g. a tower of one and a tower of three to mean “13:00” for “one o’clock in the afternoon”

 one o’clock in the morning two o’clock in the morning three o’clock in the morning four o’clock in the morning five o’clock in the morning six o’clock in the morning seven o’clock in the morning eight o’clock in the morning nine o’clock in the morning ten o’clock in the morning eleven o’clock in the morning twelve o’clock in the afternoon one o’clock in the afternoon two o’clock in the afternoon three o’clock in the afternoon four o’clock in the afternoon five o’clock in the evening six o’clock in the evening seven o’clock in the evening eight o’clock at night nine o’clock at night ten o’clock at night

Times with minutes stacking race game

Students put one block per hour in the left-hand tower and one block per five minutes in the right-hand tower, e.g. two blocks and eleven blocks to mean “Two fifty five” or “Five to three”. Alternatively, they can make one tower for each figure, e.g. two blocks then five blocks then five blocks for “five to three”.

The numbers above fifty five are tricks, so students shouldn’t touch their blocks if they hear those numbers.

 one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve oh five ten fifteen twenty twenty five thirty thirty five forty forty five fifty fifty five sixty sixty five seventy seventy five

Times with past and to stacking race game

Students can make one tower per figure, or one tower for the hours and one tower for the minutes with one block per five minutes (e.g. eight blocks for “twenty to”).

“Half to” is a trick, so students shouldn’t touch their blocks if they hear that. You could also add “o’clock”, in which case students should put no blocks in the right-hand tower.

 five past ten past (a) quarter past twenty past twenty five past half past twenty five to twenty to (a) quarter to ten to five to half to one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve

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