# 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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### 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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