 # Ordering Positive and Negative Numbers

In this worksheet, students use the < and > symbols to order positive and negative numbers. Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Maths and Numerical Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Place Value

Difficulty level:   ### QUESTION 1 of 10

This worksheet is about ordering positive and negative numbers.

Think of a number line. As you move to the left of a horizontal number line, the numbers get smaller.

Remember that:

< means "is smaller than"

> means "is bigger than"

So...

5 > -10

-53 < 53

-53 < -50

Example 1

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

201 -163

201 is positive.

-163 is negative.

Positive numbers are always bigger than negative numbers.

So 201 is bigger than -163.

201
 >
-163

Example 2

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

-201 -163

-201 is negative.

-163 is negative.

Which is further to the left on the number line?

-201 is more negative, so it is smaller than -163.

So -201 is smaller than -163.

-201
 <
-163

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

-375 948
>

<

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

380 -299
>

<

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

-349 437
>

<

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

-14 -56
>

<

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

5 204
>

<

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

432 -266
>

<

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

346 340
>

<

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

-375 0
>

<

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

-365 -104
>

<

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

201 -163
>

<

• Question 1

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

-375 948
<
EDDIE SAYS
Negative numbers are all smaller than positive numbers.
• Question 2

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

380 -299
>
EDDIE SAYS
Positive numbers are all bigger than negative numbers.
• Question 3

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

-349 437
<
EDDIE SAYS
Negative numbers are all smaller than positive numbers.
• Question 4

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

-14 -56
>
EDDIE SAYS
-14 is bigger than -56.
-56 is more negative.
• Question 5

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

5 204
<
EDDIE SAYS
5 is much less than 204.
• Question 6

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

432 -266
>
EDDIE SAYS
Positive numbers are all bigger than negative numbers.
• Question 7

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

346 340
>
EDDIE SAYS
346 is just more than 340.
• Question 8

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

-375 0
<
EDDIE SAYS
Negative numbers are all smaller than zero.
• Question 9

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

-365 -104
<
EDDIE SAYS
-365 is less than -104 because it is more negative.
• Question 10

Choose < or > to place between these pairs of numbers.

201 -163
>
EDDIE SAYS
Positive numbers are all bigger than negative numbers.
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