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Numbers are the words or symbols that we use to count quantity. We have one (1) nose and two (2) eyes on our face. We have four (4) fingers and one (1) thumb on each hand. There are seven (7) days in a week. There are twelve (12) months in a year. And there are one hundred (100) years in a century.

The symbols that we use for numbers today (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) are called Arabic numerals. Another system that you sometimes see (i, ii, v, x, l, c etc) uses Roman numerals.

In this lesson we will look at:

  • Cardinal Numbers
    These are "normal" numbers, eg: 1, 2, 3 etc

  • Thousands
    How we use the comma (,) to separate thousands, eg: 5,000,000

  • Tens And Units Blues Song
    Fun with numbers. Sing along if you like.

  • Decimals
    How we use a point (.) to express numbers smaller than 1, eg: 0.9, 0.5, 0.001

  • Fractions
    How we use fractions to express numbers smaller than 1, eg: ½, ¼, ¾

  • Ordinal Numbers
    How we write numbers that describe the "order" of things, eg: first, second, third

  • Roman Numbers
    How we express numbers the hard way, with letters as symbols, eg: I, II, III etc

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