Lesson Plan

Let's Choose Less

More or less? In this hands-on lesson, your students hone important fine motor skills and learn how to compare quantities.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to illustrate an amount that is less when compared to another quantity. Students will be able to compare quantities and determine which has less.

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


(10 minutes)
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Before starting the lesson, write the numbers 1-6 on the six index cards.

  • Show your class your puppet and introduce it as Lesster.
  • Tell them that Lesster loves to compare numbers.
  • Display two number cards and have Lesster "choose" the card with the smaller number on it. Ask your class what they noticed about the number that Lesster chose.
  • Repeat this activity until the students realize that each time, Lesster likes the smaller number. If the class doesn't realize what's happening, give them clues to help. For example: "What is special about the number Lesster chooses? Why does he pick one number instead of the other?"
  • Explain that Lesster only likes numbers that are less than the other number. Define the word less as being smaller or not as much.


  • Review numbers 1-10 in both English and student home language (L1).
  • Define compare as finding out how things are different or the same.
  • Provide physicial representations for each number as well as the written numeral when Lesster compares numbers.


  • Have students turn and talk to share with a partner why they think Lesster chooses a certain number each time.