Our Comparing Whole Numbers Lesson Plan develops number awareness as students compare whole numbers. This lesson includes activities with experiential practice for using the correct symbols when comparing whole numbers. Solidify understanding and number awareness in young students by generalizing the concept to real-world number comparisons.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction
- Call student volunteers to the front of the room. Two at a time. Ask their ages, determining which one is older/younger. Use one of the cardboard symbols and say: (student’s name) age is less than/greater than/equal to (student’s name) age.
- Do this several times to show a comparison of ages.
- Ask students: What other numbers do you or others compare each day?
- Allow for responses and discussion.
- Introduce Comparing Whole Numbers to the students.
- Distribute Comparing Whole Numbers content pages. Read and review the information with the students using additional examples when necessary. Be sure students understand the symbols and the how they are used.
- Distribute the Activity pages. Spread out the colored numbers throughout the class. Review the instructions. Distribute the scissors.
- Repeat the activity, pairing students again with like-colored numbers. (You may also allow students to switch the colored numbers with other students.)
- Once completed, allow students to share some of their written out answers.
- Distribute the Practice page. Review and correct allowing the students to share their responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, review and correct allowing the students to share their responses.
- Use additional resources for extra practice.
- In closing, ask students: What familiar or other numbers would you like to see larger and why? What familiar or other numbers would you like to see smaller and why? (Use age as an example, students may wish to be age 12. 12 > 8.)
Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.B.3, CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.A.4
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.
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