Lesson plan

Name that Number Bingo!

Use this lesson plan that incorporates the classic Bingo game to reinforce number recognition from zero to 20!
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Students will be able to count and identifying numbers from zero to 20.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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(5 minutes)
  • Display a number line from zero to 20.
  • Point to the numbers between 10 and 20 and tell students that these are known as the teen numbers.
  • Ask students if they have ever played Bingo, and how they know if they have won. Acknowledge that the winner of the game will have a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row on their Bingo board.
  • Have students show you a vertical, horizontal and diagonal line with their arms.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students raise all 10 of their fingers. Next, have students lower one finger at a time (like they are playing the piano) as you count to 10.
  • Ask students to complete a think-pair-share with their partner. Instruct them to count all 10 of their fingers and all 10 of their partner's fingers. How many fingers do they have in total?
  • Bring students back together as a class. Call on a volunteer to share how many fingers they and their partner have in total. Ask students to think about what number they counted after 10, and have a student write the number 11 on the whiteboard.
  • Chorally chant together as a class from zero to 20. Point to numbers on the number line as students count.
(5 minutes)
  • Call out numbers randomly between zero and 20, and have student volunteers come up to point to the numeral on the number line.
  • Review the relationships between numbers, for example that 10 is one more than nine, eight is one more than seven and 16 is between 15 and 17.
  • Review the rules for Bingo with students. Remind them that four numbers in a vertical, horizontal or diagonal line wins the game.
(15 minutes)
  • Pass out the Name that Number Bingo cards to individual students.
  • Practice by having students point to a few numerals on the Name that Number Bingo card as you call out the numbers.
  • Place foam circles or other math counting manipulatives on desks for student use. Play a few rounds of Name that Number Bingo with the students. Using the number cards, have students put a foam circle over the corresponding number on their Name that Number Bingo cards.
  • When students have a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row of numbers on their board, they should call out "Bingo!"


  • Provide a blank Bingo template to students and have them create their own Bingo board with numbers zero to 20.


  • Have students count objects to build number sense as they work with the numbers zero to 20.
  • Show students the numerals as you say the number word.
(5 minutes)
  • As students call out "Bingo!" have them tell you the numbers that they covered on their Name that Number Bingo cards.
  • Make sure that the numbers that they covered match the numbers that you called out.
(5 minutes)
  • Review that the numbers greater than 10, but before 20, are called the teen numbers.
  • Remind students that the numerals are symbols that represent quantities.
  • Call out a few numbers and have students show you that many numbers on their fingers. For the numbers 11 to 20, have students work with their partner to show you the correct total number of fingers.

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