This activity 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
The further to the left of zero we get on a number line, the smaller the number.
Think about the reading on a thermometer on a really cold winter's day! If the temperature outside is 3, it's pretty cold, but if it goes down to 10, then it is even colder! 10 is colder than 3 because it is further away from zero.
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 
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