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Comparing Numbers to Ten


Overview

When we compare two numbers, we’re deciding if a number is greater than, less than, or equal to the other number.

For example:

2 is greater than 1

3 is greater than 2

4 is greater than 3

Also:

1 is less than 2

2 is less than 3

3 is less than 4

And:

5 is equal to 5

6 is equal to 6

7 is equal to 7

Let’s use some objects to represent the numbers so it’s easy to compare them.

Let’s put 3 scoops of ice cream on one cone, and 2 scoops of ice cream on another cone.
Now we can see 3 is greater than 2 and 2 is less than 3!

Let’s make some more comparisons.

Let’s put one scoop of ice cream on one cone and 4 scoops on another cone.
Now we can definitely see 4 is greater than 1 and 1 is less than 4!

We can also compare numbers by looking at them on a number line:

Find the number 8 on the number line. Then find the number 4.

The number 8 is TO THE RIGHT of 4 on the number line.
That means 8 is GREATER THAN 4.

The number 4 is TO THE LEFT of 8 on the number line.
That means 4 is LESS THAN 8.

Let’s take a look at the math symbols we use to compare numbers.

They are:

If we want to compare 4 and 3, it would look like this:

4 > 3

or

3 < 4

If we’re comparing two equal numbers, it would look like this:

4 = 4

Sometimes it’s difficult to remember which symbol to use,
so imagine the GREATER THAN and LESS THAN symbols as crocodiles:

Now, all you have to remember is that the crocodile always wants to eat the BIGGER number!

Take a look at these comparisons. Do you see the crocodile munching on the bigger number?

Get ready for some practice questions on comparing numbers 1 to 10!

Practice Question 1

Let’s compare the numbers 2 and 5.

2 is less than 5

True or False?

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If you’re having trouble comparing numbers up to 10, remember you can always think of the numbers as scoops of ice cream or use small objects to help you!
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Practice Question 2

Try another true or false question.

8 is greater than 4

True or False?

 

Practice Question 3

Imagine you have a bowl with 6 scoops of vanilla ice cream,
and your best friend has a bowl with 6 scoops of chocolate ice cream.

Are your number of scoops
A) GREATER THAN your friend’s scoops?
B) LESS THAN your friend’s scoops?
C) Or EQUAL to your friend’s scoops?


 

Practice Question 4

Time to use some math symbols.
Which math symbol belongs in the space between these two numbers?

5 ____ 10


 

Practice Question 5

Which math symbol belongs in the space between these two numbers?

7 ____ 5


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Have you ever played a card game and counted out cards to all the players? What if you get lost in the middle? Comparing numbers to ten will be helpful to know who has more cards and who has less. Can you think of another situation when you have to compare numbers to ten?
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