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Ordinal numbers tell us about position. Cardinal numbers tell us about quantity. They are often used for counting.
See the fact file below for more information on the ordinal and cardinal numbers or alternatively, you can download our 28-page Ordinal and Cardinal Numbers worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment. This worksheet is broken down by Beginner, intermediate and advanced meaning you can choose the complexity level for your student.
Key Facts & Information
- Ordinal numbers tell us about position.
- Ordinal numbers: first, second, third, fourth, …
- Example: Matt stood first in his class.
- Cardinal numbers tell us about quantity. They are often used for counting.
- Cardinal numbers: one, two, three, four, …..
- Example: Eric bought six apples.
What are ordinal numbers?
- Whenever we have to tell the position of something we use ordinal numbers.
- Ordinal numbers have a lot of importance and many applications. They tell us about position, rank and priority.
- Ordinal numbers are: first, second, third, fourth and so on. They are used in everyday life.
- Here are a few examples of how ordinal numbers are used:
- Two students are competing in a debate competition, the one who has higher points as compared to the other will win and get the first position.
- Emma was disqualified from the game after the third warning card.
- The first two days of the event were a success but the third day was very disappointing.
What are cardinal numbers?
- On the other hand, whenever we have to tell the quantity of something we use cardinal numbers.
- It is one of the earliest concepts taught to children. We use cardinal numbers when we count because of this they are sometimes called “counting numbers”.
- Cardinal numbers are: one, two, three, four and so on.
- Here are a few examples of how cardinal numbers are used:
- John has two black cats and three brown cats. So he has four cats altogether.
- There are thirty students attending the Music class.
- Emily bought her clothes from four different shops.
Representing ordinal and cardinal numbers
- Write the ordinal numbers in words for the following numbers:
1 , 4 , 11 , 13 , 20 , 8 , 25 , 31 , 17 , 10
- Write the cardinal numbers in words for the following given numbers:
3rd , 9th , 15th , 24th , 29th , 32nd , 11th , 50th , 39th , 2nd
- In the given table color the ordinal numbers peach and cardinal numbers blue:
In the given example the ordinal numbers are 11th, 15th, 21st, 32nd, 50th, 2nd, 3rd and 20th. The cardinal numbers are 2, 4, 9, 3, 7, 17, 8, 60, 74, 6, 14 and 30.
- Following table shows a list of students and their marks in the creative writing competition.
- How many students took part in the creative writing competition?
- Who got the first position?
- Who got the second position?
- Did Frank score more than Karen?
- Did Sebastian score more than Aleena?
8 students took part in the creating writing competition.
Rose scored 24 marks. She scored the highest among all her class fellows so she got the first position.
Matt scored 23 marks. He had the second highest marks and got the second position.
Frank scored 20 marks and Karen scored 18 marks. So it is true that Frank scored more than Karen.
Sebastian scored 15 marks and Aleena scored 16 marks. Hence Sebastian did not score more than Aleena.
- Different fruits are placed in a line as shown in the picture above.
- Banana is occupying the first position.
- How many fruits are present?
- How many fruits are purple in color?
- Which fruit is at fifth position?
- Which fruit has the seventh position?
- The watermelon is placed at which position?
The total number of fruits is 8.
1 fruit is purple in color.
Pear occupies the fifth position.
Red apple occupies the seventh position.
The watermelon is placed at the second position.
Ordinal and Cardinal Numbers Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about ordinal and cardinal numbers across 28 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Ordinal and Cardinal Numbers worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the ordinal and cardinal numbers. Ordinal numbers tell us about position. Whenever we have to tell the position of something we use ordinal numbers. Cardinal numbers tell us about quantity. They are often used for counting.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Worksheet 1 (Beginner)
- Worksheet 2 (Beginner)
- Worksheet 3 (Beginner)
- Worksheet 4 (Beginner
- Worksheet 5 (Intermediate)
- Worksheet 6 (Intermediate)
- Worksheet 7 (Intermediate)
- Worksheet 8 (Intermediate)
- Worksheet 9 (Advance)
- Worksheet 10 (Advance)
- Worksheet 11 (Advance)
- Worksheet 12 (Advance)
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