First graders' fluidity with comparing numbers is an important building block for the higher-level maths concepts to come in the later grades. You can give first graders a leg up with this lesson, featuring guided instruction and practise problems in comparing numbers. Once kids get through this lesson, you can download and print the suggested comparing numbers worksheets in order to provide even more opprotunities for practise.
This lesson includes 5 printable learning activities
Alligator Greater Than, Less Than Song

Down at the swamp, the gators like to eat the greater number—and they're hungry! Help kids better understand the concept of comparing numbers with this fast-paced alligator greater than less than song. Kids will get such a kick out of the repetitive lyrics and silly animation, that they'll want to watch and sing along over and over again.

Less Than or Greater Than: 1 to 20

Welcome to the swamp, where the alligators reside. Lucky for your kid, these are friendly alligators and they are hungry for numbers! In this comparing numbers maths game, your child uses the classic mnemonic device of the alligator mouth representing the less than and greater than signs. When the two numbers appear, your kid chooses the alligator whose mouth is pointing toward the larger number. 

Urple and Burple

Learn about comparing numbers with this e-storybook, featuring the mischievous trolls Urple and Burple. As you read, practise counting up sheep and yams with your young one to find out who has more and who has less.

Comparing Numbers Quiz

Which number is less than 17? Early learners work with the comparison vocabulary "less than" and "greater than" in this interactive maths quiz. Working with whole numbers from 1 to 20, kids must use a number line to compare digits, giving them a deeper understanding of how a number line works to count and determine correct number comparisons.

Multiples of 10 Game Show

It's game time! In this silly game show, early learners must show off their mental maths skills by identifying multiples of 10 on a hundreds chart, based on clues from the crazy canine host. By pracising addition and subtraction with 10, kids will build a strong foundation of understanding numbers as they relate to the concept of place value.

Less Than or Greater Than: 50 to 99

It's time to compare numbers at the swap! In this maths game, kids work with numbers 50 to 99, using alligators to determine whether one number is less than, greater than or equal to the other. Perfect for early learners, this comparing numbers game uses the alligator to help kids conceptualize the meaning of the >, <, and = symbols.

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