# Ordering Numbers - Using Numbers 1-5

Ensuring our young learners grasp the fundamentals of counting and number order is a crucial milestone in their mathematical journey. Here are a few practical activities designed to help your students master counting and number sequencing within the range of 1 to 5.

These two activities are simple yet effective in building a strong foundation in early math skills and use the numeral cards from one of my bundles.

#### Activity 1: Number Line Fun

• Use numeral cards (1-5)
• Start by introducing the concept of number order using a number line.
• Explain to the children that numbers can be placed in order either from smallest to largest (forward) or largest to smallest (backward).
• Shuffle the cards, lay them out and say the numbers together.
• Flip teh cards face down. Choose a student to select a card at random and place this at the beginning of the number line.
• Other students then take a turn to flip a card and find the number that comes next (either forward or back)
• Keep flipping cards until 3 cards appear in a row in correct counting order.

#### Activity 2: Number Tower

• Use building blocks or cubes
• Write numbers 1 to 5 on building blocks or use stickers to label them.
• Have students build a tower using these blocks in the correct number order. They can start from any number and build up or down accordingly.

#### Tips for Teaching Number Order:

• Use Visual Aids: incorporate visual aids like number lines or blocks to make abstract concepts more tangible for young learners.
• Encourage Verbalization: Prompt students to explain their reasoning as they arrange numbers. This verbalization helps reinforce understanding and clarity of thought.

#### Building on Foundations

As your students become proficient with counting and sequencing numbers from 1 to 5, consider extending their learning:
Feel free to adjust the activities and tips to suit your teaching style and your students' needs. Have fun exploring numbers with your kindergarteners!