# Ordering Numbers

### Purpose:

• To give practice in ordering decimal fractions.

### You need:

• 10 – 20 counters
• A small toy
• 30 craft sticks
• Each stick has a decimal fraction in bar or in place value form written on it (for example, 5/10, 3/100 or 0.5, 0.03)

### How to play:

• Lay the sticks facedown so that the fractions cannot be seen.
• Place the toy and the counters in the middle.
• When you say ‘GO’ children pick up 5 sticks and order them from smallest to largest.
• The first one finished grabs the toy and places it beside their sticks.
• When everyone is finished the child with the toy reads their numbers, for example, 1/100, 3/10, 0.4, 0.6, 9/10.
• If correct they take 1 counter.
• The game continues until someone has 3 counters.

### Variations:

• This does not have to be a game. Children can work cooperatively to order the fractions.
• This can be adapted by using whole numbers 1-30 or larger numbers 1 000 – 10 000 or a mixture of fractions, decimal and percentages.

This has been adapted from a demonstration by a junior class at Maori Hill School.