Newspaper Numbers 2


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.


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

Related Māori vocab:

decimal numbertau ā-ira
order, sequenceraupapa (-hia)
biggernui ake
smalleriti ake
negative numbertau tōraro

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