# Comparing and Ordering Whole Numbers Up to 5- and 6-Digits

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Here you will find a selection of math worksheets to help your child learn to use compare and order numbers with 5- or 6-digits.

## Comparing and Ordering Whole Numbers

### Comparing and Ordering Whole Numbers - Support

#### How to Compare and Order Whole Numbers

These three easy steps are a great way to help you learn to compare and order whole numbers:

Step 1) Count the number of digits in each number.

• the greater the number of digits, the larger the number

Step 2) If 2 numbers have the SAME number of digits then you need to compare the Most Significant Digit.

• the Most Significant Digit is the first digit, or the digit on the left hand side of the number
• the number with the larger Most Significant Digit is bigger.

Step 3) If the 2 numbers have the SAME Most Significant Digit, then you need to compare the next digit to the right

• Keep comparing the digits starting from the left hand side until you find that one of the numbers has a bigger digit than the other.
• You have now found your bigger number!

### Comparing and Ordering Whole Numbers - Examples

Example 1) Put these numbers in order: 34,672   9,823   41,085

• 34,672 has 5 digits
• 9,823 has 4 digits
• 41,085 has 5 digits

We can see straight away that 9,823 is the smallest of the three numbers as it has fewest digits.

Now compare the two 5-digit numbers:

• 34,672 - the most significant digit is 3 (it has a place value of 30,000)
• 41,085 - the most significant digit is 4 (it has a place value of 40,000)

So the larger number is 41,085.

In order, from smallest to largest, the numbers are: 9,823   34,672   41,085

Example 2) Put these numbers in order: 142865   79632   137951

• 142,865 has 6 digits
• 79,632 has 5 digits
• 137,951 has 6 digits

We can see straight away that 79,632 is the smallest of the three numbers as it has fewest digits.

Now compare the two 6-digit numbers:

• 142,865 - the most significant digit is 1 (it has a place value of 100,000)
• 137,951 - the most significant digit is 1 (it has a place value of 100,000)

They are both the same so it is a draw so far.

Now compare the next most significant digit:

• 142,865 - the next most significant digit is 4 (it has a place value of 40,000)
• 137,851 - the next most significant digit is 3 (it has a place value of 30,000

So the larger of the two numbers is 142,865.

In order, from smallest to largest, the numbers are: 79,632   137,851   142,865

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### Ordering 5-Digit and 6-Digit Numbers Quiz

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This quiz tests your knowledge and ability to order and compare 5- and 6-digit numbers.

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