# Christmas Trivia- Numbers Pairwork 2

## A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Xmas vocabulary, English numbers and hints with comparative adjectives

By: Alex Case
Level: Intermediate
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: General

## Christmas trivia: numbers pairwork Version 2

### Student A

Choose one of the sentences below, turn it into a question and ask your partner. If they guess the wrong number, give them hints like “It's much higher” until they get exactly the right number.

### Useful language for doing the activity

much much/ far far

much/ far/ a lot

significantly/ considerably/ quite a bit/ markedly

somewhat

slightly/ a little/ a bit

a tiny bit/ marginally

more/ greater/ larger/ higher

less/ fewer/ smaller/ lower

• “The Christmas Song” was written by Mel Tome in only forty minutes. He was nineteen years old at the time.
• A Christmas tree needs to be planted about ten years before it is sold.
• About twelve million Christmas trees were expected to be sold in two thousand and seven.
• Americans send approximately two billion Christmas cards a year.
• Christmas day was first proclaimed an official holiday in the USA in eighteen thirty six (in Alabama).
• For Christmas two thousand and seven, three quarters of Americans said they planned to buy gift tokens as Christmas presents.
• Forty percent of American shoppers start their Christmas shopping before Halloween
• If you really bought your true love a partridge in a pear tree, you would have to pay a hundred and four dollars (two thousand and five prices).
• In two thousand and seven, forty seven percent of Americans planned to buy at least some Christmas presents online.
• Seven out of ten British dogs get Christmas presents from their owners.
• The “Princess” Beanie Baby teddy bear produced to commemorate the death of Princess Diana was sold for up to three hundred dollars each during Christmas nineteen ninety seven.
• The average American household was predicted to spend forty nine dollar seventy six cents on Christmas decorations in two thousand and seven.
• The character Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was created by an advertising man for a store pamphlet in nineteen thirty nine.
• The first electric Christmas tree lights were used in eighteen ninety five.
• The song “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby has sold over thirty one million copies to date.
• Thirty five percent of all diamonds are sold over the Christmas period (even more than for Valentine's Day)

-------------------

Christmas trivia numbers pairwork Version 2

### Student B

Choose one of the sentences below, turn it into a question and ask your partner. If they guess the wrong number, give them hints like “It's much higher” until they get exactly the right number.

### Useful language for doing the activity

much much/ far far

much/ far/ a lot

significantly/ considerably/ quite a bit/ markedly

somewhat

slightly/ a little/ a bit

a tiny bit/ marginally

more/ greater/ larger/ higher

less/ fewer/ smaller/ lower

• A traditional Ukrainian Christmas dinner has twelve courses.
• America's official Christmas tree is three hundred feet (ninety meters) high. It is a sequoia in King's Canyon National Park, California
• Celebrating Christmas was illegal in the UK for thirteen years from sixteen forty seven to sixteen sixty.
• Christmas trees first become popular in Germany in the sixteenth century.
• Christmas was first celebrated on the twenty fifth of December in the fourth Century AD.
• During the Christmas shopping season in the USA, Visa credit cards are used five thousand three hundred and forty times a minute
• In the UK, it is good luck to eat twelve mince pies (one on each day of the twelve days of Christmas)
• The actor Charlie Chaplin died on Christmas day in nineteen seventy seven.
• The actor Humphrey Bogart was born on Christmas Day in eighteen ninety nine.
• The first cartoon depicting Santa Claus with reindeer and a sleigh first appeared on the third of January eighteen sixty three.
• The first charity Christmas card was produced by UNICEF in nineteen forty nine.
• The first Hallmark Christmas cards were sold in nineteen fifteen.
• The real Santa Claus (Saint Nicholas) lived in Turkey in the fourth century AD
• The Rumanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was executed on Christmas day in nineteen eighty nine.
• The scientist Sir Isaac Newton was born on Christmas Day in sixteen forty two.
• The singer of the hit song “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” was twelve years and eleven months old when it reached number one in the American pop charts.
• The surrealist artist Joan Miro died on Christmas day in nineteen eighty five.

------------------------------

Without looking at your previous worksheet, see if you can remember how these numbers were pronounced:

1642 and 1863 (years)

3/1/1863 and 25/12 (dates)

From 1500 to 1599 (a century)

5,340 and \$104 (large numbers)

31,000,000 and 2,000,000,000 (very large numbers)

¾ and 7/10 (fractions)

\$49.76 (money)

90 meters in feet (Imperial measurements)

What is the rule for how to pronounce years?

What’s the rule for where “and” goes in large numbers (especially in British English)?