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Comparing and ordering numbers requires a deep understanding of place value through the use of multiple representations of numbers. In order to compare and order numbers, kindergarteners will need to learn how to use the symbols in comparing, which include >, <, and =.
See the fact file below for more information on the Comparing Numbers or alternatively, you can download our 31-page Comparing Numbers worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
- This warm-up activity gauges the kindergartener’s prior knowledge and understanding of the language “greater than” and “less than”.
- Looking at the symbol and using what we know about numbers, what do you think this symbol means?
- Ask your kindergarteners to define the word COMPARE. After some discussion, remind them that COMPARE means to see if one number is the same as, smaller than, or bigger than another number.
- Let your class understand that GREATER THAN (>) means bigger.
- The greater than symbol has the arrow shape going FORWARD on the number line.
- Let your class understand that LESS THAN (<) means smaller.
- The less than symbol has the arrow shape going BACKWARD on the number line.
- Let your class understand that EQUAL TO (=) means the same.
- Present a story problem – this allows your kindergarteners to have a real life example to work with.
DISCUSSING NUMBER COMPARISON
- I have a really hungry alligator here. He is so hungry that he always eats the BIGGEST NUMBER because that fills him up more. To help us decide which number he is going to eat, we have this silly song called the Alligator Chant.
- There are a few things you need to tell your kindergarteners to figure out which way the alligator needs to face.
- STEP 1 – LOOK AT BOTH NUMBERS. Let them read aloud the two numbers.
- STEP 2 – CIRCLE THE GREATER NUMBER. Let them determine the bigger number between the two numbers.
- STEP 3 – MAKE THE ALLIGATOR EAT THE GREATER NUMBER. Make them draw the appropriate symbol to show the comparison between the two numbers.
- STEP 4 – TRUE OR FALSE. Let them decide if the given problem below is true or false, then ask them to prove why.
- Let’s see if two things are equal or the same. When you play rock, paper, scissors with your friends, you might end the game having the same amount of points. Thus, you and your friend have EQUAL (=) points.
- To end the lesson, have your kindergarteners try to solve the following problems. Ask them to read aloud the problem and their answers.
Comparing Numbers Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Comparing Numbers across 31 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Comparing Numbers worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the comparing and ordering numbers which requires a deep understanding of place value through the use of multiple representations of numbers. In order to compare and order numbers, kindergarteners will need to learn how to use the symbols in comparing, which include >, <, and =.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Lesson Plan
- Comparing Numbers
- Number Order Recap
- Name That Symbol
- Cut and Paste
- Which Cookie Jar
- Which Has Less?
- Which Has More?
- More Comparisons
- You’re My Equal!
- Equal or Not?
- Make Them Equal
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