Hi, this is Scott for About.com. Today I'm gonna show you how to use worksheets to learn ordinal numbers.

What Are Ordinal Numbers?

Ordinal numbers tell the position or order of objects. If ten children had a jumping contest, the child that jumped the highest (or number one in the order) would be first, the next child would be second (or in the number 2 spot) and then third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth places would come after. So, The first ten ordinal numbers are:

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Fifth

Sixth

Seventh

Eighth

Ninth

Tenth

Worksheets Offer Hands-On Learning for Ordinal Numbers

Worksheets provide a hands-on opportunity for young children to practice and apply what they learned in the classroom. By applying learned concepts to practical examples in worksheets, children can further cement the concepts in their minds which improves memory and retention in the future.

Additionally, by observing children's performance through practical problems, the teacher can evaluate each particular child's understanding of the concept.

Ice Cream Worksheet Helps With Learning Ordinal Numbers

Worksheet 1: Ice Cream Scoop -- In this worksheet, children can practice their understanding of the number ordering (numeric positioning) of a fun and familiar object -- ice cream scoops.

Next, review the ordinal numbers: show that the top scoop is number one, the one below this is number two, the one below that is number 3, etc. Then you can right in the numbers if you like on each scoop 1-4.

Look at sentence number one, and it says to color the 'second' scoop blue. Look at the list of ordinal numbers and you can see #2 corresponds to the second scoop. So go to scoop number two from the top and this is the second scoop. Then take a crayon and color this ice cream school blue. Continue filling out the worksheet in this manner. Finally, have the child read each sentence starting with the first one.

Use the Writing Worksheet to Learn Ordinal Numbers

Worksheet 2: Ordinal Numbers Writing Worksheet -- This worksheet helps children practice both recognizing/writing and spelling ordinal numbers after they first learn this concept. This worksheet can be used before advancing to later worksheets that ask the child not only to recognize the ordinal numbering or items, but also to write out the ordinal number next to the position.

First, you can review the concept and the spelling of each ordinal number. It may be helpful to write out the number each ordinal name is associated next to it. For example, next to ‘first’ you can write the number 1.

Next, have the child trace each ordinal number starting with number one, or first, making sure to continue down the list in order. Trace each word slowly and carefully letter-by-letter, being careful to stay in the lines. It is also helpful to say the letters as you write them to enhance memory retention of the spelling. Make sure you write slowly and clearly and spell each word the same as in the tracing.

Once your student completes these basic worksheets, they can progress to more advanced worksheets on the About.com site. Thank you for watching. For more information, visit Math.About.com.

What Are Ordinal Numbers?

Ordinal numbers tell the position or order of objects. If ten children had a jumping contest, the child that jumped the highest (or number one in the order) would be first, the next child would be second (or in the number 2 spot) and then third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth places would come after. So, The first ten ordinal numbers are:

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Fifth

Sixth

Seventh

Eighth

Ninth

Tenth

Worksheets Offer Hands-On Learning for Ordinal Numbers

Worksheets provide a hands-on opportunity for young children to practice and apply what they learned in the classroom. By applying learned concepts to practical examples in worksheets, children can further cement the concepts in their minds which improves memory and retention in the future.

Additionally, by observing children's performance through practical problems, the teacher can evaluate each particular child's understanding of the concept.

Ice Cream Worksheet Helps With Learning Ordinal Numbers

Worksheet 1: Ice Cream Scoop -- In this worksheet, children can practice their understanding of the number ordering (numeric positioning) of a fun and familiar object -- ice cream scoops.

Next, review the ordinal numbers: show that the top scoop is number one, the one below this is number two, the one below that is number 3, etc. Then you can right in the numbers if you like on each scoop 1-4.

Look at sentence number one, and it says to color the 'second' scoop blue. Look at the list of ordinal numbers and you can see #2 corresponds to the second scoop. So go to scoop number two from the top and this is the second scoop. Then take a crayon and color this ice cream school blue. Continue filling out the worksheet in this manner. Finally, have the child read each sentence starting with the first one.

Use the Writing Worksheet to Learn Ordinal Numbers

Worksheet 2: Ordinal Numbers Writing Worksheet -- This worksheet helps children practice both recognizing/writing and spelling ordinal numbers after they first learn this concept. This worksheet can be used before advancing to later worksheets that ask the child not only to recognize the ordinal numbering or items, but also to write out the ordinal number next to the position.

First, you can review the concept and the spelling of each ordinal number. It may be helpful to write out the number each ordinal name is associated next to it. For example, next to ‘first’ you can write the number 1.

Next, have the child trace each ordinal number starting with number one, or first, making sure to continue down the list in order. Trace each word slowly and carefully letter-by-letter, being careful to stay in the lines. It is also helpful to say the letters as you write them to enhance memory retention of the spelling. Make sure you write slowly and clearly and spell each word the same as in the tracing.

Once your student completes these basic worksheets, they can progress to more advanced worksheets on the About.com site. Thank you for watching. For more information, visit Math.About.com.

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