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# Newspaper Numbers 2

### Purpose:

The purpose of this activity is to help your child to order numbers including fractions, decimals and percentages.

### Link to the Number Framework:

Number sequence, Stages 7-8.

### What you need:

• Newspaper, junk mail or old magazines
• Scissors

### What to do:

• Help your child to look for a collection of numbers and cut these out. Try to find numbers of a mixture of types, including decimals, fractions and integers.
• Once you have a pile of numbers (10 to 15 would be plenty) put them in order from smallest to largest. Ask your child questions about the order of numbers as you work:
• Which is the smallest number?
• Which number is next smallest?
• What counting number is this number closest to?
• How can we tell which number is bigger if one is a fraction and one is a decimal?
• Help your child to identify numbers that are missing from the sequence.
• What number would be one more than this one?
• What number would be one less than this one?
• If you have found percentages, discuss how these can be included. A percentage needs to be a percentage of something, but you could treat all percentages as percentages of 1, so that for example 50% is equivalent to 0.5.

### Variations:

• Add numbers that you did not find in the newspaper such as improper fractions or negative numbers.

### Related Māori vocab:

 fraction hautau decimal number tau ā-ira order, sequence raupapa (-hia) bigger nui ake smaller iti ake negative number tau tōraro

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