Ordinal Numbers & Eric Carle

You may have already realized this, but I love integrating literature and math! And Eric Carle's book, "10 Little Rubber Ducks" went along perfectly with a lesson on ordinal numbers.
Ordinal Numbers & Eric Carle

After reading the story and discussing ordinal numbers, I handed out ducks on popsicle sticks that I labeled with ordinal numbers. The children had to line up and put themselves in order from 1st-10th. Then I called out different ordinal numbers and the class had to identify who was in that position.

Then we created our own class book, modeled after Eric Carle's story. Each child wrote and illustrated one page. I gave each student a duck with an ordinal number on it so they would know how to write their numbers. Click here for the template. It turned out pretty cute! Here are some samples:

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