# Number Sense

Teachers Get These Engaging Ordinal Number Activities for your kiddos. They’ll make learning how to name the position of something from 1st, 2nd, 3rd to last great fun!

Ordinal numbers are a special kind of number that tells the position of something. As the name suggests, ordinals help identify the order of things in a list; for example first, second, third, etc.

Now, this doesn’t sound complicated it can be a little tricky for little learners, usually Foundation, Kindergarten, Preprimary and preschoolers.

Previously Students have probably been focused on counting a sequence, or learning that numbers can be used to tell how many there are in a collection. Now learning Ordinal Numbers is going to challenge this learning to also include the idea of using numbers to identify the order or position of something in a group.

Many children may understand the idea of ‘first’ but tend to associate it with last, and not as a way to identify the position or order of numbers and objects, so just be aware of this when teaching and assessing your students.

## Teaching Ordinal Numbers

Before we get to the Ordinal Number Printables, you may like to try some of these simple ideas. They are a great way of weaving in incidental learning throughout the day and by incorporating these activities into daily routines, students can learn about ordinal numbers in a fun and engaging way while also reinforcing their understanding of the concept.

Line ups
Using line ups has to be one of the quickest, easiest, and most fun ways to build an understanding of ordinal numbers. Now before you think about lining up your students think about lining up objects! Lining up the students is really not the time to discuss ordinals! Especially in Kindergarten and Preprimary!  Let the students use anything that there is a lot of, and they don’t even have to be the SAME thing, although it does make tidying up easier! Things like LEGO, pencils, stuffed animals, cars, trains, and any objects that your kiddos are interested in. Start out with 3-5 objects. Get your kiddos to point to the object and say it’s position. Then use ordinal cards and match them to the objects. Ask students to find 2nd, the tenth object in a group.
Class Rankings
Make a list of different categories, such as age, height, or birth month, and ask students to rank themselves in order. You can use prompts like “line up according to who was born in the earliest month” or “line up according to who is the tallest.” This activity helps students learn to use ordinal numbers in different contexts and helps them practice comparing and contrasting different variables.
Days of the Week, Calendar Time,  & 100th Day of School
Using calendar time is a great real-life situation to help teach your students ordinal numbers. Talk about which is the 1st, 2nd day of the week and month. Counting how many days at school in a build-up to the 100th day of school is another meaningful daily activity too. We have 100th Day ten frames & visuals in our Decor Packs.
Daily Schedules & Routines
Talking about the sequence of the day is also another real-life use of ordinals. Use the classroom schedule to teach ordinal numbers. For example, ask students to identify which activity comes first, second, third, etc. in the schedule.
Story Sequencing & Procedures
These are 2 of the main writing genres in Foundation, Pre primary & Grade 1, which also happen to use the language of ordinal numbers. They don’t have to be formal written tasks; a discussion of the steps involved is just as effective. Use story sequencing activities to teach ordinal numbers. For example, ask students to put pictures or events from a story in order from first to last. Use cooking activities to teach ordinal numbers. For example, ask students to put the steps of a recipe in order from first to last.
Story Books & Number Rhymes
Narratives and songs are also natural incidental teaching opportunities for ordinal numbers.
Sports
Of course sports and running games are also a natural ordninal numbers learning environment. Use this opportunity by asking students to keep track of the order in which their team members cross the finish line during a race. You can also use sports games like basketball or soccer to ask students to identify the player who scored the first, second, or third goal. Tread carefully and make sure the situation isn’t too competitive. I usually look to real life sporting races.

Below are our Ordinal Numbers Teaching Resources and Printables for explicit teaching. Click each image to download.

Related Resources: Daily Number Sense Activities Every Teacher Needs To Know

## Fairy Tale Theme Ordinal Numbers Activities

#### Ordinal Numbers Game - Gingerbread Man (1st-6th)

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#### Ordinal Numbers Game - 3 Bears (1st-10th)

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#### Ordinal Numbers Game - 3 Little Pigs (1st-10th)

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#### Ordinal Numbers - Fairy Tale Puzzles (1st-20th)

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#### Ordinal Numbers - Fairy Tale Puzzles (1st-6th)

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## Ordinal Numbers Activities

#### Ordinal Numbers Game Ordering Rosettes

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#### Ordinal Numbers Activity Ending Letters

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