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Three Digits: Ordering by Words

In this worksheet, students use number words to identify the smallest and largest options of three given digits.

'Three Digits: Ordering by Words' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number: Number and Place Value

Curriculum subtopic:   Order/Compare Numbers to 1000

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

We are going to make the largest and smallest 3-digit numbers from three given digits.


Let's pretend we can only use the digits 5, 4 and 8.


To make the largest number:


Start with the largest digit in the Hundreds column.

This is 8 (eight).


Then comes the next largest digit in the Tens column.

This is 5 (five).


Lastly comes the smallest of the three digits in the Ones column. 

This is 4 (four).


The largest number is  854.


We read this as eight hundred and fifty-four.




To make the smallest number:


Start with the smallest digit in the Hundreds column.

This is 4 (four).


Then comes the next largest digit in the Tens column.

This is 5 (five).


Lastly comes the largest of the three digits in the Units or Ones column.

This is 8 (eight).


The smallest number is  458.


We read this as four hundred and fifty-eight.



Use each of the digits:


to form the smallest and largest 3-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.


We read this as six hundred and sixty-eight.


Largest number is 866.


We read this as eight hundred and sixty-six.

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