First graders' fluidity with comparing numbers is an important building block for the higher-level math concepts to come in the later grades. You can give first graders a leg up with this lesson, featuring guided instruction and practice 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 practice.
This year, first graders will be introduced to place value and our base 10 number system, usually by starting with 2-digit numbers (100 or less). This guided lesson helps introduce place value to first graders through instruction and examples targeted to this skill. If your child finishes the lesson and needs more practice with place value, download and print the accompanying worksheets suggested by our curriculum team.
Step up your students' number comparison skills with these resources that allow them to compare two-digit numbers and find missing numbers in sequences. Visual learners will love the image-based worksheets and games. There are resources for every kind of student, whether they prefer interactive games, working as a group, or practicing alone. Advanced students may benefit from our comparing three-digit number resources.
In first and second grade, students learn how to compare two digit numbers. They determine if the two numbers are greater than, less than, or equal to each other. This is an extension of understanding place value. Comparing numbers also provides insight on students' math fluency—are they understanding numbers in terms of their value? The resources in the Learning Library introduce kids to the concepts of greater than, less than, and equal to with simple lesson plans and worksheets that provide substantial practice.
The online game Less Than or Greater Than: 1 to 20 uses the classic alligator representation of comparative signs. The visual teaches kids that the hungry alligator's mouth will always face the greater value. Comparing Numbers Quiz provides a number line so students can visualize where numbers fall in relation to each other. Urple and Burple is an interactive story where kids can compare which troll owns more sheep. Lesson plans like Comparing Numbers: I Declare War! teach students how to differentiate numbers. In addition, there are many hands-on activities, a few workbooks, and a song video to teach two-digit number comparison.