# Make the Smallest and Largest Numbers

In this worksheet, students will be given three digits to arrange into the largest and smallest possible numbers.

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Number: Number and Place Value

Curriculum subtopic:   Order/Compare Numbers to 1000

Difficulty level:

#### Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we are going to learn to make the largest and smallest three-digit numbers from three given digits.

Using only the digits 5, 4, and 8, we need to create the largest and smallest three-digit numbers possible.

We can only use each digit once.

To make the largest number:

This is 8.

Then comes the next largest digit in the tens place.

This is 5.

Lastly, comes the smallest of the three digits in the ones place.

This is 4.

The largest possible number is 85

To make the smallest number:

This is 4.

Then comes the next largest digit in the tens place.

This is 5.

Lastly, comes the largest of the three digits in the ones place.

This is 8.

The smallest number is 458.

Now that you've been shown the method to use, let's try an example question together.

Example

Use each of the digits 686 to form the smallest and largest three-digit numbers that you can make.

6 is the smallest digit.

6 is the middle digit even though it is the same as the smallest here.

8 is the largest digit.

The smallest number is 668.

The largest number is 866

Let's try some questions now.

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