Number and Operations … Comparing Numbers … Greater Than and Less Than
Developing good number sense, recognizing the quantity represented by numerals and how numbers relate to other numbers, is an important skill for young children. Number sense develops over the years as children explore numbers, visualize them in different contexts, and connect to them in a variety of ways. The concepts of “greater than” and “less than” are important skills, not only in real life (Should I hire the painter who charges $15 an hour or the one who charges $25 an hour?) but in other math skills as well.
If a child is having difficulties recognizing which number is greater, use objects to help them visualize the concept. Poker chips, cubes, dried pasta or beans can all be used for children to count out the quantities to compare.
Children should be given many opportunities to work with concrete examples (hands on manipulatives) before moving on to more abstract concepts. You will find several enrichment activities at the end of Gavin the Gator. Click on the links below for additional activities to provide children practice using the “greater than” and “less than” vocabulary.
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