Fraction Order

Write down these fractions in order from smallest to largest.

Loco Bogey Bogey Bogey Bogey Bogey Bogey Bogey Bogey Bogey Bogey

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Fraction Line

Fraction Line

Arrange the fractions in order from smallest to largest.

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A Challenge



Find fractions larger than the previous fraction but less than one.

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The fractions show the weights of the containers in tonnes. They can be loaded onto the train trucks but they must be in order with the smallest on the truck next to the locomotive. Teacher: The boxes can be clicked (smallest first) when the class has agreed on the order to load the containers onto the train.

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Topics: Starter | Decimals | Fractions

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