Resources tagged with: Comparing and ordering numbers

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Caterpillars

Age 5 to 7
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These caterpillars have 16 parts. What different shapes do they make if each part lies in the small squares of a 4 by 4 square?

Worms

Age 7 to 11
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Place this "worm" on the 100 square and find the total of the four squares it covers. Keeping its head in the same place, what other totals can you make?

Fair Exchange

Age 5 to 7
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In your bank, you have three types of coins. The number of spots shows how much they are worth. Can you choose coins to exchange with the groups given to make the same total?

Sets of Four Numbers

Age 7 to 11
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There are ten children in Becky's group. Can you find a set of numbers for each of them? Are there any other sets?

A Numbered Route

Age 7 to 11
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Can you draw a continuous line through 16 numbers on this grid so that the total of the numbers you pass through is as high as possible?

Robot Monsters

Age 5 to 7
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Use these head, body and leg pieces to make Robot Monsters which are different heights.

Being Resourceful - Primary Number

Age 5 to 11
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Number problems at primary level that require careful consideration.

Street Sequences

Age 5 to 11
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Investigate what happens when you add house numbers along a street in different ways.

Sorting the Numbers

Age 5 to 11
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Complete these two jigsaws then put one on top of the other. What happens when you add the 'touching' numbers? What happens when you change the position of the jigsaws?

Twizzle's Journey

Age 5 to 7
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Twizzle, a female giraffe, needs transporting to another zoo. Which route will give the fastest journey?

Here to There 1 2 3

Age 5 to 7
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Move from the START to the FINISH by moving across or down to the next square. Can you find a route to make these totals?

Making Pathways

Age 7 to 11
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Can you find different ways of creating paths using these paving slabs?

Interactive Balance

Age 5 to 11
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In this simulation of a balance, you can drag numbers and parts of number sentences on to the trays. Have a play!

Greater Than or Less Than?

Age 7 to 11
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Use the numbers and symbols to make this number sentence correct. How many different ways can you find?

One to Fifteen

Age 7 to 11
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Can you put the numbers from 1 to 15 on the circles so that no consecutive numbers lie anywhere along a continuous straight line?

True or False?

Age 7 to 11
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Without doing lots of calculations, can you decide which of these number sentences are true? How do you know?

Carrying Cards

Age 7 to 11
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These sixteen children are standing in four lines of four, one behind the other. They are each holding a card with a number on it. Can you work out the missing numbers?

Nice or Nasty

Age 7 to 14
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There are nasty versions of this dice game but we'll start with the nice ones...

Sort Them Out (2)

Age 7 to 11
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Can you each work out the number on your card? What do you notice? How could you sort the cards?

Dot Card Games

Age 3 to 7

These games devised by Jenni Way use dot cards which will help children see the structure of numbers 1-6 and give them confidence as they begin to add and subtract these numbers.

Nice or Nasty for Two

Age 7 to 14
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Some Games That May Be Nice or Nasty for an adult and child. Use your knowledge of place value to beat your opponent.

The Tall Tower

Age 5 to 7
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As you come down the ladders of the Tall Tower you collect useful spells. Which way should you go to collect the most spells?

Truth or Lie

Age 7 to 11
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Take a look at the video of this trick. Can you perform it yourself? Why is this maths and not magic?

Move a Match

Age 7 to 11
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How can you arrange these 10 matches in four piles so that when you move one match from three of the piles into the fourth, you end up with the same arrangement?

Highest and Lowest

Age 7 to 11
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Put operations signs between the numbers 3 4 5 6 to make the highest possible number and lowest possible number.

Lucky Numbers

Age 5 to 11

This article for pupils explores what makes numbers special or lucky, and looks at the numbers that are all around us every day.

Buzzy Bee

Age 5 to 7
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Buzzy Bee was building a honeycomb. She decorated the honeycomb with a pattern using numbers. Can you discover Buzzy's pattern and fill in the empty cells for her?

Sweetie Box

Age 5 to 11
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Max and Bryony both have a box of sweets. What do you know about the number of sweets they each have?

Number Balance

Age 5 to 7
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Can you hang weights in the right place to make the the number balance balanced?

Unexpected Ordering

Age 5 to 7
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Watch the video of Fran re-ordering these number cards. What do you notice? Try it for yourself. What happens?

Dicey Operations in Line for Two

Age 7 to 11
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Dicey Operations for an adult and child. Can you get close to 1000 than your partner?

Ordering

Age 5 to 11

This set of activities focuses on ordering, an important aspect of place value.

Would You Rather?

Age 7 to 11
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Would you rather: Have 10% of £5 or 75% of 80p? Be given 60% of 2 pizzas or 26% of 5 pizzas?

Activities on the Gattegno Chart

Age 5 to 11

In this article, Alf outlines six activities using the Gattegno chart, which help to develop understanding of place value, multiplication and division.

Largest Even

Age 5 to 7
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How would you create the largest possible two-digit even number from the digit I've given you and one of your choice?

I Like ...

Age 5 to 7
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Mr Gilderdale is playing a game with his class. What rule might he have chosen? How would you test your idea?

Carroll Diagrams

Age 5 to 11
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Use the interactivities to fill in these Carroll diagrams. How do you know where to place the numbers?

Matching Numbers for Two

Age 5 to 7
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Matching Numbers game for an adult and child. Can you remember where the cards are so you can choose two which match?

Up and Down Donkey

Age 5 to 11
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A number card game for 2-6 players.

Venn Diagrams

Age 5 to 11
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How will you complete these interactive Venn diagrams?

Multiplication Square Jigsaw

Age 7 to 11
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Can you complete this jigsaw of the multiplication square?

The Thousands Game

Age 7 to 11
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Each child in Class 3 took four numbers out of the bag. Who had made the highest even number?

Diagonal Sums

Age 7 to 14
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In this 100 square, look at the green square which contains the numbers 2, 3, 12 and 13. What is the sum of the numbers that are diagonally opposite each other? What do you notice?

Factor-multiple Chains

Age 7 to 11
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Can you see how these factor-multiple chains work? Find the chain which contains the smallest possible numbers. How about the largest possible numbers?

Being Curious - Primary Number

Age 5 to 11
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Number problems for inquiring primary learners.

Light the Lights

Age 5 to 7
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Investigate which numbers make these lights come on. What is the smallest number you can find that lights up all the lights?

Dominoes Environment

Age 5 to 11
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These interactive dominoes can be dragged around the screen.

Which Scripts?

Age 7 to 11
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There are six numbers written in five different scripts. Can you sort out which is which?

Number Sense Series: A Sense of 'ten' and Place Value

Age 5 to 7

Once a basic number sense has developed for numbers up to ten, a strong 'sense of ten' needs to be developed as a foundation for both place value and mental calculations.

Can You Do it Too?

Age 5 to 7
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Try some throwing activities and see whether you can throw something as far as the Olympic hammer or discus throwers.