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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