EL Support Lesson

Is It in Order?

Help your students learn all about ordering numbers in this great interactive lesson! Can be used as a stand alone or pre-lesson for the **Line Up for Numbers** lesson plan.
This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for theLine Up for NumbersLesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for theLine Up for NumbersLesson plan.

Students will be able to order numbers from 1-10.


Students will be able to explain how to order numbers using picture supports.

(2 minutes)
Ordering Numbers to 10Counting to TenTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceVocabulary Cards: Is It in Order?Glossary: Is It in Order?
  • Gather the class together for the lesson and say, "I need to check attendance or how many kids are in class today. I'm going to count you, can you stand up as I point to you to help me keep track?"
  • Count the students one at a time. Then say, "There are ____Students in class today! It was really helpful to count you. There are many times during the day when we might need to count."
(5 minutes)
  • Display the precut number cards one at a time while saying the number aloud "This is a ____." Then, place it on the board out of order (e.g., 9, 7, 4, 2, 1, 5, 6, 0, 3, 8).
  • Begin counting the numbers in the order they are placed on the board.
  • Pause as a you count to let students notice how you are counting. If they notice the order is off you can ask them to share what is wrong. If students do not notice the mixed up numbers after finishing, you can ask, "Did I count to ten? How did it sound? What could I do differently?"
  • Listen to student ideas and then ask students again if you did something wrong when counting (counted in mixed up order) and what you should do differently (put them in order).
  • Explain that when you count, there is a special order. It is important to know the OrderOr way the numbers are organized because it means you will be able to keep track of things (like students) when you count.
  • Provide real-world examples of numbers being put in order (e.g., clock, calendar, number line, etc.).
(10 minutes)
  • Ask students to help you organise the numbers into the right order. Remove the numbers from the board.
  • Have students turn and talk to share with a partner which number comes first in the counting order. Then, invite the students to say the number aloud.
  • Place the number one on the board.
  • Repeat with the remaining numbers.
  • Choose a student or students to come up and place the numbers in order. Then, ask the class to give a thumbs up or thumbs down if they agree with the order of the numbers. (optional)
  • Count aloud with the class.
  • Pair students together and pass out one set of precut number cards to each pair. Ask the pairs to practise putting the numbers in order from small to big. Then, ask pairs to practise counting aloud to check their order.
  • Ask, "What happens when numbers are out of order?"
(10 minutes)
  • Display the Ordering Numbers worksheet and go over the instructions (have students wait to glue the numbers on their worksheet).
  • Pass out worksheets for students to complete independently.
  • Prior to gluing their numbers, ask students to turn and talk to share their work with a partner.
  • Have students finish their worksheets.


  • Allow students to count in their home language (L1).
  • Provide additional opportunties to practise saying numbers in order (songs, games, chants).


  • Challenge students to order numbers 11-20.
  • Pair students together to share strategies for ordering larger numbers.
(5 minutes)
  • Take note of student responses during the closing activity to assess if students are able to accurately order numbers.
  • Collect student work to assess if students are able to accurately order numbers.
(3 minutes)
  • Gather students back together.
  • Pass out white boards and say a number between 1-10. Ask students, "What number comes after ____? What number comes before ____? " Write the numbers on your board and hold them up.
  • Ask students to turn and talk to share what they did to order their numbers on the whiteboard. How did they know which number came before or after?

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