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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:   Number: Number and Place Value

Curriculum subtopic:   Count Backwards (including Negative Numbers)

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

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"



5 > -10

-53 < 53

-53 < -50



Example 1

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




201 is positive.

-163 is negative.


Positive numbers are always bigger than negative numbers.

So 201 is bigger than -163.




Example 2

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



-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.


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