After students learn to recognize the numerals 1-9 and can count up to 20, they can begin to put these collections of objects into order according to size. When students do this with objects, it is obvious that as the pile gets larger it means they have more things in it. It is very difficult for students to realize this when they are using abstract numbers. A young child cannot yet know that the numeral 17 represents more than the numeral 15. Be sure to use real counting objects for all of your counting and ordering lessons. Please see below for a selection of Leveled Lessons for Below Level (basic), and/or On Level (median), and/or Above Level (competent) readers.
Ordering Numbers 1 to 20 - Grade K