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Topic: Re[2]: Intro to Number; counting and all that
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Larry Bowen

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Re[2]: Intro to Number; counting and all that
Posted: Nov 7, 1995 3:27 PM
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<<Judith said:
... They confuse cardinality and ordinality. ...>>

<<Tom sent this approach to counting:

of pennies.

Does it help to show a series of groups of pennies? That is to say,
the first group has 1, the second group has 2, etc. If we count
the pennies in the sixth group we can count up to six, and it doesn't
matter what order we count them in. Etc. As I said, I am no expert at
and both my kids seem to have picked up on numbers by watching
Sesame Street.>>


<<Judith responded


This example works, Again I would emphasize that "six"
refers to the whole group. A sweeping of the hand or
a flashing of all 6 pennies. Electronically, I would
highlight one, then two, then three pennies, etc. .
This sets the idea that two refers to the highlighted
pennies not just the secon one or the ones not highlighted.


What does "works" mean? If it refers to making clear the distinction
between "cardinality" and "ordinality," I'm not sure I see how.

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