Activities Using Numbers
The second lesson in the Italian classroom should begin with a review of the first lesson. Once the teacher is satisfied that students know the alphabet and remember how to spell names, students can now move on to the learning of numbers and practicing their use. Playing a game of Bingo will involve both the use of the alphabet and the numbers. Play mini games with numbers from one to 25 at first and work right up to 100 in batches of 25 in succeeding lessons. A Bingo game will also introduce new vocabulary as the teacher calls different everyday words to represent the letters in the word Bingo. For example:
B nove (B 9)
B as in Buona notte, banca, banana (Good night, bank, banana)
I dieci (I 10)
I as in Italiano, importante, inverno (Italian, important, winter)
N quattordici (N 14)
N as in nonno, Natale, notte (grandfather, Christmas, night)
G diciannove (G 19)
G as in grazie, grande, giorno (thanks, big, day)
O ventidue (O 22)
O as in ottobre, opera, oceano (October, opera, ocean).
Telling the time in Italian is another activity that involves using numbers. Use
Che ora è? / Che ore sono? – What time is it?
A che ora? A che ora? – At what time?
with just the basic on the hour times. Add minutes after and before in later lessons. For example:
È l'una – It's 1:00
all'una at 1:00
Sono le due – 2:00