Lesson Plan

Greater Than, Less Than: Comparing Three-Digit Numbers

In this lesson, your students will compare numbers to one thousand using place value charts and symbols. Your students will love practicing with numbers!
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to compare three-digit numbers using the <, > and = symbols.

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

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Greater Than, Less Than, or Equal To
  • Write the numbers 54 and 45 on the board.
  • Ask your students to identify the bigger, or greater, number.
  • Ask students to explain how they know which number is greater.
  • Tell students that today they are going to do something similar by comparing three-digit numbers.

Beginning

  • Show students both numbers using base-ten blocks.
  • Encourage students to share their answer with a peer who speaks the same home language (L1), if possible.

Intermediate

  • Provide sentence frames to support students as they share their ideas, such as: I know ________ is greater than ________ because ________.