Let's make a How many~?" quiz!

Students practice asking and answering "How many~?" by counting the number of random objects on the board

This activity is basically a more physical version of the counting activity in the Hi Friends 1 textbook.


Print out two copies of the attached files on a color printer, then laminate and cut out the objects. This should net you 20 cards of each object type. 

Put magnetic stickers on the backs of the cards. 

TEACHING "HOW MANY~?" (or review if you have already taught it)

1. Put some cards on the board and demonstrate a sample conversation with the HRT (or a student volunteer).

--ALT : How many cats? 

--HRT: 3 cats. 

--ALT: That's right! How many melons? 

--HRT: 1, 2, 3, 4........17 melons. 

--ALT: Correct!

2. Check with the students for comprehension. If possible, emphasize the importance of saying the object name after the number, as well as the use of plural "s". (ESID, but my low-level students were able to handle it with the HRT's help.)

3. Practice the sample sentences, then add more cards to the board. Check to see if the students can adjust their answers. 


The ALT and HRT choose a random number of cards and scatter them all across the board. They ask, "How many (objects)?" and call on the students to answer. 

I recommend counting off the cards as a class to practice saying the numbers. 


Split the students into lunch groups ("han"). Have one group come to the front of the class. Each student decides which object they will be in charge of counting and chooses as many cards as they want to use. The students then place their chosen objects on the board in whatever manner they wish. After 30 seconds, the students take down the cards and decide one object to quiz the class on. In unison, they ask, "How many (objects)?" and call on one of the seated students to answer. 


If you want each student to get more speaking practice time, you can have each student make their own quiz on paper. On the attached worksheet, have each student draw any number of their desired objects. Then have them walk around and quiz each other. 

If they want to make their quiz more challenging, they can add extra objects to make things harder to count (or trick their friends into counting the most visible objects).


Objects included are: cats, dogs, soccer balls, baseballs, pineapples, lemons, bananas, melons, apples. Prints out on A4 paper

Make sure that the students already know or are currently learning #1-20 before doing this lesson

Lesson Topics
20 copies each of various object cards with magnets on the back