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Ordering Positive and Negative Numbers

In this worksheet, students use the < and > symbols to order positive and negative numbers.

'Ordering Positive and Negative Numbers' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Maths and Numerical Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:  Place Value

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

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

 

Answer

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


Answer

-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
CORRECT ANSWER
<
EDDIE SAYS
Negative numbers are all smaller than positive numbers.
  • Question 2

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

-365
 
-104
CORRECT ANSWER
<
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
CORRECT ANSWER
>
EDDIE SAYS
Positive numbers are all bigger than negative numbers.
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