Lesson Plan

Comparing Three-Digit Numbers

Students will get a chance to use multiple methods to compare three-digit numbers. They will also get practice using greater than and less than symbols to show their answers.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to compare two three-digit numbers at a time using the >, <, or = signs to record their answers.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(5 minutes)
Comparing Numbers with Number LinesPlace Value Mat: Three-Digit Numbers
  • Give students a short number comparison problem to introduce them to the lesson. For example: My brother and I went bowling over the weekend. I scored 105 points and he scored 131 points.
  • Ask your students who won and have them explain their answers.
  • Tell students that today they will be learning how to compare three-digit numbers by using <, >, or = to show their answers.

Beginning

  • Show students an online image of someone bowling to provide context.
  • Define important words in the story problem in student's home language (L1) (e.g. scored, bowling, points, won).

Intermediate

  • Have students think-pair-share what the problem is asking using sentence frames (e.g.The problem is asking who ________.)
  • Encourage students to detail the process they used to figure out who won. Provide sentence frames, such as:
    • You scored ________.
    • Your brother scored ________.
    • ________ is greater than ________ so ________ won.