# Comparing Decimals: Decimal War!

Get your students excited and test their knowledge of comparing decimals with this fun decimal "war" game!

#### Learning Objectives

Students will be able to compare two decimals by using place value to determine whether one is greater than, less than, or equal to the other.

#### Introduction

(5 minutes)
• Remind students of the terms greater than, >, less than, <, and equal to, =.
• Write the following two numbers on the board with a space between them: 123 and 23.
• Have students show a greater than, less than, or equal to sign with their arms.
• Ask students how they know that 123 is greater than 23. Many students will say because it's a "bigger" or "longer" number.
• Next, write the following two decimals on the board with a space between them: 1.23 and 2.3.
• Have students show a greater than, less than, or equal to sign with their arms.
• Many students will say that 1.23 is greater than 2.3 for the same reason as the previous example. Tell students than in this case, 2.3 is the greater number.
• Ask students to explain why 2.3 is greater. Take several examples.