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Learn About Numbers

How high can you count?

Here is a poem to help you remember the numbers 1-10.

One, two, buckle my shoe
Three, four, shut the door
Five, six, pick up sticks
Seven, eight, lay them straight
Nine, ten, a big fat hen

Now, can you count higher? How about counting to one hundred or one thousand? Use the counting chart to practice saying and writing the numbers 1-100. Then try the counting quiz. Soon you will be able to count to one billion!

Cardinal Numbers

The numbers you use for counting are called "cardinal numbers", for example:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10...
eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen...

Here are some other cardinal numbers you need to remember for counting:

0 zero
1 one
10 ten
100 one hundred
1,000 one thousand
1,000,000 one million
1,000,000,000 one billion

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The numbers you use to talk about the order of things are called "ordinal numbers", for example:

My horse came in first.
I was the fifth person in line.

Here are the first ten ordinal numbers:

first 1st sixth 6th
second 2nd seventh 7th
third 3rd eighth 8th
fourth 4th ninth 9th
fifth 5th tenth 10th

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Sometimes numbers aren't expressed in cardinal or ordinal numbers.

Here are a few examples:

half (1/2)
single (1)
double (x2)
triple (x3)
quadruple (x4)

a pair/couple (2)
a few (2 or 3)
several (more than 3 but not many)
a dozen (12)
a half dozen (6)

Are you ready to try some maths? How about a counting quiz?