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Greater Than Less Than Game

Greater Than Less Than Game Activity

Compare and order numbers in this fun math card game. You and your first grader will work together to evaluate whether or not a number statement is true. Grab a deck of cards and make your own inqualities! You'll have fun practicing the important skill of assessing number value. Your child will gain confidence in ordering numbers... an essential building block for other vital math concepts.

What You Need:

  • A deck of playing cards for each player
  • Paper
  • Pencil

What You Do:

  1. Make 3 inequality indicators for each player, each one featuring one of these symbols: <, >, and =
  2. Each player should remove the face cards (jacks, queens, kings) from his deck.
  3. Players will take turns dealing their deck of cards and selecting from their inequalities.
  4. First, one player will select from his 3 inequality options and set it down.
  5. Then, the dealer will lay out two cards from his deck, face up and making sure to place the cards down in the order they are dealt, from left to right.
  6. Players should then determine whether or not the statement made by the cards is true. 
  7. If a player's inequality using the greater than or less than sign (<, >)  is correct, they earn 3 points. If it's incorrect, they must subtract a point.
  8. If a player's inequality using the equal sign (=) is correct, they earn 15 points. If it's incorrect, they don't gain or lose any points.
  9. When no more cards remain, add up your scores to see who's won!
Updated on Jul 22, 2013
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