The Number Waltz

Step 1

Play the songs “The Number Waltz” and “Penny’s Number Waltz.” The music is the same, but the words – or in this case, numbers – are different. Students write down the numbers that they hear.

Step 2

Ask students in pairs or groups to make a similar list of numbers. Each group will sing this list to the karaoke version of the song while the rest of the class writes the numbers down. In this way we can get a lot of listening and pronunciation mileage out of one short musical piece. That is the essence, of course, of Recycle Songs.

Key for “The Number Waltz”: 15; 29; 12; 77; 13; 5; 110;  209; 304; 5.2; 61 ½; 87; 21 ¼; 1500; 8003; 10208

Key for Penny’s Number Waltz”: 11; 60; 99; 8; 14; 8; 59; 48; 3941; 16; 88; 4; 5582; 816; 11091; 9444

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