Ordering Numbers

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"Waiter, I would like a 7 and a 3, please..."

NO, not THAT type of ordering. We mean putting them in order ...


Ascending Order

To put numbers in order, place them from lowest (first) to highest (last).

This is called "Ascending Order". Think of ascending a mountain.

Example: Place 17, 5, 9 and 8 in ascending order.

Example: Place 3, 1, 19, 12, 9, 2 and 7 in ascending order.


Descending Order

Sometimes you want the numbers to go the other way, from highest down to lowest, this is called "Descending Order".

Example: Place 17, 5, 9 and 8 in descending order.



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Ascending Descending
Letter "A" points up "D" for "Down"

Try it Yourself:


Practice by ordering your friends. Measure their heights, then place them in ascending order of height. Try it again, but use their weights.

giraffes height order



Now, go practice with this special Ordering Game!