Less Than or Greater Than Alligators

Your students will learn when to use less than and greater than and how to differentiate the two symbols in this lesson. They will have fun playing the role of the Less Than and Greater Than alligators!
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In Less Than or Greater Than Alligators, children gain practice with the less than and greater than signs. This concept can be tricky, but remembering that the hungry alligator always eats more can help! Included are two adorable alligator printables that represent these symbols for kids to use to solve some math problems. After working together, young learners will be ready to tackle more problems with Comparing Cupcakes: Less Than and Greater Than and Comparing Flowers: Less Than and Greater Than, two worksheets that are included in this lesson plan!

Learning Objectives

• Students will be able to identify, discriminate, and use the less than and greater than symbols when comparing groups of items.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
• Explain to students that today they will learn about the less than and the greater than symbols.
• Define symbol, or a representation of another thing, to your students.
• Draw and name the less than and the greater than symbols on the board.
• Remind your students that the word less means smaller or fewer, and the word greater means bigger or more.
• Draw two empty circles on the board, and label them A and B, respectively.
• Explain to students that they can use the less than symbol if the number of items in circle A is less than the number of items in circle B.
• Tell them that they can use the greater than symbol if the number of items in circle A is greater than the number of items in circle B.