## 50-minute English Lesson

This active listening skills lesson has a quiz about numbers. Test yourself!

## Read the questions

### Numbers

Here is a general knowledge test about numbers. There are 12 questions divided into 3 groups. The answers are in the file at the bottom of this lesson page.

Group 1

1. How many months are in a year?

2. A busy farmer needs to divide 30 potatoes into 6 equal groups. How many potatoes will be in each group?

3. My younger cousin signed up for a weekly science magazine. How many times per year will he receive the journal?

4. Two math teachers purchased 12 packs of computer paper. Each pack has 50 sheets. How many pages do they have in total?

Group 2

1. What is 50% of 200?

2. My aunt had half a dozen red pens in a plastic package. She gave 4 to a close friend. How many pens does she have left?

3. My friend’s mom goes to the fruit and vegetable market to buy oranges. One box has 7 sweet oranges and costs 8 dollars. If she buys 63 oranges, how much will she spend?

4. Before going on a long walk, I buy some water. My bag is full of gear and weighs 6 kilograms. I go inside the store and pay for a 2-litre bottle. If I place that inside my bag, how much will it weigh?

Group 3

1. How long does it take light to travel from the sun to Earth: a. 8 seconds, b. 8 minutes or c. 8 days?

2. How many hours per week does the average American watch television: a. 14, b. 28 or c. 35?

3. My brother has a beautiful wooden desk with a chessboard on top. How many black squares are on the chessboard?

4. Where was the number 0 invented: a. India, b. Greece or c. China?

## Listen without reading

### Active Listening Skills

## Audio

Here is the listening file for this lesson.

Audio file: 2:28 min

Story length: 298 words

Quiz: Numbers

Did you understand the story?

Let's check with a True-False quiz.

## English listening lesson: Gap Fill

### LISTEN TO THE STORY AGAIN AND FILL IN THE BLANKS.

Group 1

1. How many __________ are in a year?

2. A busy farmer needs ______ __________ 30 potatoes into 6 __________ groups. How many potatoes will be in each group?

3. My younger cousin signed up for a __________ science magazine. How many __________ __________ __________ will he receive the journal?

4. Two math teachers purchased ________ __________ of computer paper. Each pack has ______ __________ . How many pages do they have in total?

Group 2

1. What is ________ __________ of 200?

2. My aunt had ________ _______ __________ red pens in a plastic package. She gave 4 to a close friend. How many pens does she have __________ ?

3. My friend’s mom goes to the fruit and vegetable market to buy oranges. One box has __________ __________ oranges and costs 8 dollars. If she buys __________ oranges, how much will she __________ ?

4. Before going on a long walk, I buy some water. My bag is full of gear and __________ ________ kilograms. I go inside the store and pay for a 2-litre bottle. If I place that __________ my bag, how much will it __________ ?

Group 3

1. How long does it take __________ ______ __________ from the sun to Earth: a. 8 seconds, b. 8 minutes or c. 8 days?

2. How many hours per week does the average American watch television: a. __________ , b. __________ or c. __________ ?

3. My brother has a beautiful __________ desk with a chessboard on top. How many __________ __________ are on the chessboard?

4. Where was the number 0 __________ : a. India, b. Greece or c. China?

## ESL discussion questions

### TALK ABOUT THE Active Listening Skills story.

- Do you have a lucky number?
- Are some numbers like 13 and 4 really unlucky?
- What’s the difference between an even and odd number?
- Are you good at math?
- Base on a question in the listening story, can you guess how many pieces a chess player has when they start a new game?

## Synonym match

### MATCH THE WORD OR PHRASE ON THE LEFT WITH THE CORRECT SYNONYM.

1. divide 2. journal 3. equal 4. purchase 5. total | a. publication b. separate c. acquire d. sum e. uniform |

## English listening lesson anagrams

### MOVE THE LETTERS. MAKE A WORD FROM THE ENGLISH LISTENING lesson.

- NOZED
- RNUOLAJ
- IADNI
- RLOGKAMIS
- CEIVERE
- EICESCN

## Writing practice

### WRITE THE FIVE SENTENCES. PUT THE WORDS IN THE CORRECT ORDER.

- a / desk / brother / chessboard / My / beautiful / a / with / top / on / has / wooden
- months / are / year / many / a / in / How
- How / year / journal / per / the / many / he / receive / will / times
- purchased / of / packs / computer / teachers / Two / paper / 12 / math /
- If / spend / how / will / buys / much / she / oranges / she / 63

## Another ESL listening story

Another free actively listening skills lesson? Try this free English listening comprehension lesson about gunpowder.

## Watch a short video and take notes

Did you like this active listening skills lesson based on numbers? Click here to watch a YouTube video and try to solve the math question.

- Watch the video.
- Take notes.
- Make a list with at least eight facts.

## Get the worksheet

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