EFL - ESL activities and games: How much/many...?

An A2 level ESL lesson plan on the usage of how much/many style questions. It includes a lead-in activity and several ideas for practical activities and games designed for low-resource classrooms. Feel free to use the activity ideas here to create or supplement your own lesson plan. And don't forget, if you use an iOS or Android device, you can get offline access to these materials through the TEFL Handbook app.

Lead-in activity

The board work below gives one suggestion on how to introduce this topic to your class. Explain the rules for using each and elicit some common examples.

EFL - ESL Lead-in activity for how much and how many | Elementary

ESL classroom activities

Vocabulary builder

This ESL activity will introduce your students to some important new vocabulary. Introduce each of the food containers and elicit as many examples as possible from each. You could use spidergrams or drawings to illustrate each one:

Bar: Chocolate
Packet: Crisps, nuts, biscuits, sweets
Tin: Tomatoes, soup, fruit, tuna, olives
Can: Lemonade, beer
Carton: Milk, orange juice
Bag (of): Pasta, rice, sugar, flour, fruit, vegetables
Loaf: Bread
Slice: Bread, pizza, cake

How much/many...?

This is a fun ESL speaking activity that will have your students demonstrating the target language naturally. To begin, students will make five how much/many style questions that they can use to interview a partner. Highlight the difference between the following two questions on the board:

1. How much chocolate do you eat a week?
2. How many bars of chocolate do you eat a week?

After you have reviewed their questions, the students will interview each other in groups of two or three. Monitor and correct any mistakes.

What did you learn?

For this final speaking activity, you will ask your students questions about their interview, forcing them to switch tracks and report in the third person:

Teacher: What was your first question?
Student A: How many bars of chocolate do you eat a week?
Teacher: And how many bars of chocolate does she eat?
Student A: She eats three or four bars of chocolate a week.

Related ESL games

Contextually relevant games can be a great way of rounding off a successful lesson. Currently, we have one idea for a game that helps revise the topics covered in this lesson.

Stop the bus

This game is the perfect for testing the newly learned vocabulary. Divide the class into two teams and draw a table on the board with the headings meatfishfruitvegdrink and other. Have each side create a copy of the table. Students will have to find words that begin with a randomly chosen letter. The rounds begin when you give them that letter. The first team to have a word for every heading on the table shouts “Stop the bus!” and the round is over. Count up the scores like so:

20 points: Correctly spelt word that the other team doesn’t have.
15 points: Correctly spelt word that the other team also has.
10 points: Incorrectly spelt word that the other team doesn’t have.
5 points: Incorrectly spelt word that the other team has.

Since the categories are quite restrictive, you could allow students to use their mobile phones and set a time limit. You may also want to be gentle when assigning the random letter for each round.

More A2 level ESL lesson plans

We hope that you've found a few of these ideas useful. Our suggested next lesson is on the usage of a little and a few. Be sure to check out our complete list of elementary level ESL lesson plans, A2 lower and A2 upper, as well as our entire collection of ESL lesson plans. Also, if you are an iOS or Android user, this lesson plan is available for free on the TEFL Handbook app. An ESL lesson planner for English teachers.

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