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Ordinal numbers show the position of an object in relation to another

I can recognise, name and represent ordinal numbers and explain the difference between ordinal and cardinal numbers.

New
New
Year 1

Ordinal numbers show the position of an object in relation to another

I can recognise, name and represent ordinal numbers and explain the difference between ordinal and cardinal numbers.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. Ordinal numbers indicate a single item or event rather than a quantity.
  2. Review how ordinal numbers are named and represented and show the shortened written names.
  3. Ordinal numbers contain part or all of the corresponding number words. First and second are exceptions.
  4. The difference between cardinal and ordinal numbers is the difference between quantity and position.

Common misconception

Children may confuse ordinal and cardinal numbers.

Place an emphasis on these numbers in speech throughout the day. Continue to highlight the links between them.

Keywords

  • Ordinal number - A number that tells the position of something in relation to something else.

  • Cardinal number - A number that shows how many of something there are.

  • First to fifth - Ordinal numbers that describe the position of something.

This lesson progresses from saying ordinal numbers to showing children how they can be mathematically recorded. Allow exploration of the relationship between ordinal and cardinal numbers outside the lesson e.g. set up races, comment when lining up.
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6 Questions

Q1.
What mistake has Andeep made in his count?
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Correct answer: He said the wrong total.
He counted backwards.
Q2.
Who has counted the cakes correctly?
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Andeep
Correct answer: Laura
Q3.
Match the number words to the numbers.
Correct Answer:1,one

one

Correct Answer:2,two

two

Correct Answer:3,three

three

Correct Answer:4,four

four

Correct Answer:5,five

five

Q4.
Which set has 5 objects?
Set 1
Set 2
Correct answer: Set 3
Q5.
Andeep thinks there are 5 cars in the line. Is he correct?
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Correct answer: Yes
No
Q6.
Laura thinks there are 5 cars in the line. Is she correct?
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Yes
Correct answer: No

6 Questions

Q1.
What can an ordinal number tell us?
The total amount in a set.
Correct answer: The position of an object in a set in relation to something else.
Q2.
Which one of these in an ordinal number?
One
Two
Correct answer: First
Q3.
Match the ordinal number to the word that represents it.
Correct Answer:1st,first

first

Correct Answer:2nd,second

second

Correct Answer:3rd,third

third

Correct Answer:4th,fourth

fourth

Correct Answer:5th,fifth

fifth

Q4.
Who is first in the line to go through the door?
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Correct answer: Andeep
Sam
Laura
Q5.
Who is fifth in the line to go through the door?
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Andeep
Sam
Correct answer: Laura
Q6.
Who is correct?
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Correct answer: Andeep
Laura

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