Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ordinal Numbers in Children's Literature & Technology!

Always felt a bit third-rate at teaching ordinal numbers? Share these books and activities and you're sure to come in first!


On the Stairs - mice count their way up the stairs with ordinal numbers.

Ten Little Caterpillars - count caterpillars with ordinal numbers in this gorgeous new book by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Lois Ehlert.

Online Games & Activities:

Wash Line 1 - hang shirts on the line using the correct ordinal number order. (Scroll down for the activity.)

Alien Competition - put aliens in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place using different characteristics: most eyes, most legs, most arms, etc. Also try Alien Racing and Alien Teleport. Designed for whole group instruction with a projector or IWB. Also see Alien Flower Show for ordinals to 5th place. 

For more books, resources and activities, see the Bridges Kindergarten Resource Links.

Clip Art courtesy of Phillip Martin. The work by Phillip Martin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Thank you!

Disclosure: If you purchase books through my Amazon links, all commissions go toward foster care through Grace and Hope at no additional cost to you. I do not keep any money myself; I am hoping to be able to sponsor an additional child in foster care through commissions on this site. Thank you!  


  1. Here's an annotated bibliography I wrote as a sample for my students. It has some books and web sites for ordinal numbers.

  2. That's awesome, Tricia! Thank you!


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