In this activity, we will be putting integers in order, smallest first. This is called **ascending** order.

Don't worry if you don't know the word **integer** - it simply means a whole number, either positive or negative.

**Example**

Arrange the following integers in ascending order, putting the smallest first.

48 | 56 | 14 | -35 | -2 |

**Answer**

Look at the negative numbers first.

The smallest negative number is **-35**, then **-2**.

Then look at the positive numbers.

The smallest positive number is **14**. Then comes **48** and finally the largest number is **56**.

The numbers in ascending order are:

-35 | -2 | 14 | 48 | 56 |

If you find it hard to picture negative numbers, it can help to draw a number line with zero in the middle, positive numbers to the right of zero and negative numbers to the left of zero. The further to the right of zero you go, the larger the number. The further to the left of zero (into the negative numbers) you go, the smaller the number.

Let's have a go at some questions now.