Number Sense Worksheets Sub-Topics
Welcome to the number sense page at Math-Drills.com where we've got your number! This page includes Number Worksheets such as counting charts, representing, comparing and ordering numbers worksheets, and worksheets on expanded form, written numbers, scientific numbers, Roman numerals, factors, exponents, and binary numbers. There are literally hundreds of number worksheets meant to help students develop their understanding of numeration and number sense.
In the first few sections, there are some general use printables that can be used in a variety of situations. Hundred charts, for example, can be used for counting, but they can just as easily be used for learning decimal hundredths. Rounding worksheets help students learn this important skill that is especially useful in estimation.
Comparing and ordering numbers worksheets help students further understand place value and the ordinality of numbers. Continuing down the page are a number of worksheets on number forms: written, expanded, standard, scientific, and Roman numerals. Near the end of the page are a few worksheets for older students on factors, factoring, exponents and roots and binary numbers.
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Worksheets for learning numbers including poster sized number sets and writing numerals worksheets.
In the writing numerals to 20 worksheets, you will find that the A version includes all numbers, B to E versions have about half the numbers included, F to I versions have about a third of the numbers included and the J version includes no numbers... just the lines to write them on. All versions include dashes under the numbers, so students have a reference for where to place the numbers. You can access the other versions (B to J) once you select the A version you want below.
Counting worksheets including charts, number lines, collections and skip counting for students who are learning to count and write down numbers in the correct order.
Hundred charts are useful not only for learning counting but for many other purposes in math. For example, a hundred chart can be used to model fractions and to convert fractions into decimals. Modeling 1/4 on a hundred chart would require coloring every fourth square. After coloring every fourth square, there would be 25 squares colored in which is 25/100 or 0.25. Not magic, just math. Hundred charts can also be used as graph paper for graphing, learning long multiplication and division or any other purpose. A common use for hundred charts in older grades is to use it to find prime and composite numbers using Eratosthenes Sieve.
One of the issues with 100 charts is that they don't include zero, but 99 charts do!
Counting collections of things in various patterns helps students develop shortcuts and strategies for counting. For example, when students count collections of items in rectangular patterns, they may use skip counting or multiplying to speed up their counting.
There are much better number line worksheets on the Number Line Worksheets page.
Rounding numbers to various places worksheets with various sizes of numbers.
Not only does rounding further an understanding of numbers, it can also be quite useful in estimating and measuring. There are many every day situations where a precise number isn't needed. For example if you needed to paint your basement floor, you don't really need to find out the area to exact square inch since you don't buy paint that way. You get a good idea of the floor space (e.g. it is roughly 20 feet by 15 feet) then read the label on the can to see how many square feet the can of paint covers (which, by the way is also a rounded number and variable depending on the roller used, the porosity of the floor, etc.) and buy enough cans to cover your floor.
Comparing numbers worksheets to help students learn about magnitude and quantity.
There are many situations where it is important to know the relative size of one number to another, for example, when it comes to money. Several different number formats are included on the comparing and ordering numbers worksheets for those in the U.S., Canada, and European countries who all use different thousands separators. (Tight) means the numbers to be compared are close to one another.
Expanded form worksheets for learning about place value and number concepts.
Writing and reading numbers worksheets for students to learn how to write numbers in words and vice-versa.
The main idea of learning to write numbers in words is to be able to say numbers correctly. In the past it might also have been useful for writing checks/cheques, but there isn't a lot of that going on any more.
Now, let's see if students can write the numbers that are written! The reading numbers written as words worksheets do not have format options as the student question sheets are all written in words. The answer keys are formatted with a comma thousands separator when necessary.
The standard, expanded and written forms conversion worksheets sum up the previous sections by including all three number forms on the same page.
Scientific notation worksheets for learning how to write and interpret numbers in this format.
Roman numerals worksheets for converting between standard and Roman numerals.
This is about as "old school" as you can get. Put on your tunica and pick up your scutum to tackle the worksheets on Roman Numerals. Below, you will see options for standard and compact forms. The standard form Roman Numeral math worksheets include numerals in the commonly-taught version where 999 is CMXCIX (i.e. write the numeral one place value at a time). The compact versions are for those who want more of a challenge where the Roman numerals are written in as concise a version as possible. In the compact version, 999 is written as IM (i.e. one less than 1000).
Factors and factoring worksheets including listing factors of numbers and finding prime factors of numbers using a tree diagram.
What would factoring be without some factoring trees? They are probably the most elegant and convenient way to find the prime factors of a number, but they take a little practice, which is where we come in. The worksheets below are of two types. The first is finding all of the factors of a number. This is great for students who know their multiplication/division facts. If they don't, they might find this a little frustrating, so go back and work on that first. The second type is finding prime factors which we've chosen to do with tree diagrams. Among other things, this is a great way to find prime numbers and to practice divisibility rules.
Multiples and least common multiple (LCM) worksheets including determining the LCM using multiples and prime factors.
Roots and exponents worksheets including squares and cubes and writing exponents in factor form.
Binary and other base number systems worksheets for learning about number systems with bases other than 10.
The binary number system has broad applications, but it is most known for its predominance in computer architecture. Learning about the binary system not only encourages higher order thinking, but it also prepares students for further studies in mathematics and computer studies. The chart below may be useful for students who need some help lining things up and learning about place value as it relates to the binary system. We included a base 10 number column, so you can use the chart for converting between decimal and binary systems.
This mystery number trick below is actually based on binary numbers. As you may know, each place in the binary system is a power of 2 (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, etc.). Since every decimal (base 10) number can be expressed as a binary number, each decimal number can therefore be expressed as a sum of a unique set of powers of 2. It is this concept that makes this trick work. You might notice that the largest decimal number on the cards is 63 which is also the largest 6-digit binary number (111111). The target position on each version of the mystery number trick contains the powers of 2 associated with the first 6 place values in the binary system (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32). Each of the 6 cards represents a specific place value. All 32 numbers on each card contain a 1 in the associated place when written in binary. Basically, when the "friend" identifies the cards that contain the mystery number, they are giving you a binary number that simply needs converting into a decimal number. Just for fun, we mixed up the numbers on the cards and the target position on versions C to J. Version A includes numbers in ascending order and version B includes numbers in descending order. The other versions (B to J) will be available once you click on the A version below.
Help with Converting Between Base Number Systems:
There are shortcuts for converting between some bases. For example, converting from binary to octal takes little effort since 8 is a power of 2. Each group of 3 digits in a binary number represents a single digit in an octal number. For example, 1112 (the 2 stands for binary or base 2) is 78 (the 8 stands for octal or base 8). The simple way to convert binary numbers to octal numbers is to group the binary number into groups of three digits. For example, 1110101010001112 could be written as 111 010 101 000 111. Converting each group into octal means multiplying the first digit of each group by 4, the second digit by 2 and the third digit by 1 then adding the results together. This will result in digits no larger than 7 (since 4 + 2 + 1 = 7) and the number will be converted to base 8. In octal, therefore, the number is 725078. If you can express the octal numbers from 0 to 7 in binary, you can easily convert the other way. For example 72238 = 1110100100112 since 7 is 111, 2 is 010, and 3 is 011 in binary.
A similar shortcut for converting between binary and base 4 numbers involves looking at binary numbers in groups of 2. Similarly, converting from base 3 to base 9 and base 4 to base 16 involves groups of two. Converting from binary to hexadecimal would involve groups of 4.
For other conversions, a commonly used tactic is to convert to decimal as an intermediate step since this is the base system that is probably ingrained in your brain, so it is much more intuitive. For example, converting from a base 5 number to a base 7 number would involve first converting the base 5 number to base 10. To convert, it is only necessary to know the place values of the system that you are converting from and to. In base 5, the lowest place value (furthest to the right) of whole numbers is 1 followed by 5, 25, 125 and so on. In base 7, the place values are 1, 7, 49, 343 and so on. First multiply the digits in the base 5 number by its place values, then divide the resulting decimal number by the base 7 place values and you will have your conversion. For example 43315 is expanded to (4 × 125) + (3 × 25) + (3 × 5) + (1 × 1) = 500 + 75 + 15 + 1 = 591 (in base 10). To continue into base 7, there are at least two ways, the second method is in the next paragraph. For simplicity's sake, take the largest base 7 place value that will divide into 591 at least once. In this case it is 343 which goes into 591 exactly once (1) with a remainder of 248. Divide the remainder by the next place value down, 49, to get (5) with a remainder of 3. Divide 3 by 7 which is (0) with a remainder of 3. Finally, divide by 1 which should leave no remainder, and it is (3) in this case. Put all those digits together and you should have your number in base 7: 15037.
A method to convert directly from one base system to another involves knowing how to divide in the base system you want to convert from. It is fairly easy if you are familiar with the base system. Simply divide the number by the base you want to convert to (but express it in the original base system). Repeat until the division results in 0 with or without a remainder. Convert the remainders and put them in reverse order for the number in the new base system. For example, convert 37508 to hexadecimal (base 16). 16 in base 8 is 208. The first step is to divide 37508 by 208 = 1768 R 108. Next, divide 1768 by 208 to get 78 R 168. Finally, 78 divided by 208 is 08 R 78. Convert the remainders to base 16 (which you may have to think of in terms of decimal numbers, or you can use your fingers and some toes) and write the digits in reverse order. 78 is 716, 168 is (14 in decimal) E16, and 108 is 816. So, the number 37508 is 7A816.