Jinbu 1 Chapter 1: Numbers and talking about your age




Age Lessons 1+2 (PPT)
Age Lesson 3 (他 and 她) (PPT)

Additional Materials

Age survey (MS WORD)
Age test (MS WORD)
Age vocab test (PPT)
Character practice sheet (MS WORD)
Character worksheet – age (PDF)
How old are you? – Worksheet (pair-work)
Chinese currency – Worksheet.
Hello, my name is… – Worksheet
Hello and other greetings – Worksheet


Quizlet Sets

Fun website where you roll over the character and hear/ see the Chinese


Here are some useful Memrise links on the topic of numbers:






Videos about numbers and culture:


Video- how old are you?

Dates and Months



Create your own Chinese die: Give each student a copy of the die template (link here). **Teach them how to construct the die, using target language**
Ask them to write the Chinese characters for 1-6 on the sides. (they can do this before or after cutting out and making the die). When they have made the die, they can practice rolling it and calling out the number in Chinese.

To increase difficulty, 1-3 students can roll at the same time and they have to either a) say the number as a double/ triple figure (i.e if student A rolls 5 and student B rolls 3, they have to say “53” OR b) they have to add the numbers together and call it out (e.g. 5+3= 8).

Nice fun game which builds in writing, reading, speaking and character recall!


Go Fish: Chinese version: An easy, fun game. All you need is a deck of cards- or better still, get your students to create their own Chinese deck of cards with the Chinese characters- and a partner to play with.

In groups of up to four, each player is dealt 7 cards. Players take turns to ask other players (it doesn’t have to be the one next to you), for a match to a card in their hand (for example, if they have an 8 and they want another 8, they ask for that).

If the player they ask has one, they have to give it to them, and the same player goes again. If the person they ask doesn’t have one, they have to pick up a new card from the rest of the pack. The winner is the one who has the most matches once all the cards have gone.


Number Line Smash This game takes some space but will get your students up and moving as they practice numbers. Get your students to write the Chinese characters for 1-20 on brown paper bags (small/ medium size), and keep several bags and a marker on hand to replace damaged bags as needed.

Open each bag and twist the top so you have a paper bag balloon of sorts. Then arrange these in a circle in an open playing area. (You may need to go outside to have enough room.)

Two students stand in the centre of the circle with a rolled up magazine for a bat. Then, say one number aloud. The two students must race to smash the bag that bears that number. The one who smashes it first scores a point. Give everyone in class at least two or three turns.

To extend the activity, have each person take a bag at the end of class and find an item that they can place in the bag the correct number of times. For example, someone with number eleven might find eleven leaves to put in theirs. (idea adapted from the Busyteacher website)