### Purpose:

You can help your child to order numbers including fractions, decimals and percentages.

### 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.

### He Kupu Māori:

fraction | hautau |

decimal number | tau ā-ira |

order, sequence | raupapa (-hia) |

bigger | nui ake |

smaller | iti ake |

negative number | tau tōraro |

**He Whakawhitinga Kōrero:**

- Kimihia ētahi momo tau i roto i ngā nūpepa me ngā moheni nei. Tapahia ngā tau ka kitea e koe.
*(Look for different types of numbers in these newspapers and magazines. Cut out the numbers you find.)* - Raupapahia ēnei tau mai i te iti ki te rahi.
*(Put these numbers in order from smallest to biggest.)* - He hautau tēnei tau. He tau ā-ira tēnei. Me pēhea e mōhiotia ai ko tēhea te tau nui ake?
*(This number is a fraction. This is a decimal number. How do we know which is bigger?)* - He aha te tauoti e pātata ana?
*(What is the closest whole number?)* - He aha te tau kotahi te rahinga ake i tēnei?
*(What number is one greater than this?)*

### Download a file of this activity:

PDF (192KB)