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A Social and Holistic Approach to Numeracy
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Number Name Jigsaw Activity (group activity)


  • Picture jigsaw pieces (create large picture puzzle from a magazine or poster)
  • Markers
  • Scratch paper/pencil
  • Number Name instruction sheet

What do you do?

  1. Give each learner a picture puzzle piece.
  2. Hand out instructions for “Number Name.”
  3. Go over instructions together. Ask learners to write their first name and “number name” on the back of the picture puzzle piece.
  4. Ask the whole group to line up at one end of the room in order of their number. To get the group started ask, “Who has the smallest number name?”
  5. When everyone is lined up, ask learners to call out the number name to check if the order is correct.
  6. Put all the puzzle pieces on a table. As a group, try to put the picture puzzle together.

Taking up the Activity

  • Debrief activity by asking how participants felt about it
  • If it seems appropriate, bring attention to the math involved in the Number Name activity (i.e. algebra)

Number Name instruction sheet (hand-out - PDF 60 kb - 1 page)