9: Los números 13-31 - Numbers 13-31


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9 Numbers 13 - 31
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What you will learn in section 9

Skipping game in the primary school playground - counting how many skips you can manage before you trip.
Playing the traditional "Goose Game" which is about medieval pilgrimages. The Teacher's Guide includes a photocopiable board for a simple version of this game.

Spanish children singing a "Numbers" song

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Lotteries are popular in Spain and Latin America

One British teacher thought that a good way of encouraging children to use the Spanish numbers they were learning would be to talk about lotteries.

Her class talked about the importance of the British National Lottery to people they knew. They mentioned "lucky numbers", and how some people had superstitions about how and where they bought their ticket. They talked about the appeal of having a small chance to win a huge prize that would transform your life - how people talk about "what I would do if I won the Lottery."

They found out that Spain has had a lottery since 1811, and that big national lotteries are important in many Spanish-speaking countries. Children from their link school told them that, in Spain, tickets are sold from booths on the street. They said some people will travel for miles to buy their lucky ticket from their personal favourite ticket seller.


What happens to the money from the Lottery tickets?

The class found out what sort of things the National Lottery raised money for in their country. The lottery web site gave them details of projects in their community that had received grants from various Lottery funds.

Their link school told them that some Spanish lotteries raise money for charities, like the national organisation for the blind. In Puerto Rico, the lottery raises money for special housing for old people.

Spain's biggest lottery draw is at Christmas, when they have El Gordo, the Fat One. This has a huge prize, and attracts enormous attention on TV and in popular newspapers when the draw approaches and the lucky winners are announced. The winning numbers are sung by a choir of schoolchildren.

In the past, when Spain was one of the poorest countries in western Europe, this draw offered a magical escape. After Christmas, it is followed by El Niño, named in honour of the baby Jesus and drawn on 5th January.

The class decided to hold their own lottery - to be conducted so far as possible in Spanish. They made balls numbered 1 to 31, and the "sellers" asked children what lucky numbers they wanted written on their tickets. When the draw was made, they discovered no-one came close to winning. They talked about the "odds" against your winning number coming up!

See http://www.loterias.com about Spain's National Lottery - with links to other Spanish-speaking countries' lotteries

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the famous "Goose Game"

The "Goose Game" is a traditional board game - a bit like "Snakes and Ladders" - that is very popular in Spain.

Pairs of children can play a simple version from the Teacher's Guide.

The new interactive CD-ROM has a whiteboard version the whole class can play.

Goose Game - el Juego del Oca
Part of tthe board for the traditional "Goose Game" which is about a journey, like a medieval pilgrimage.
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