Lesson Plan

Let's Compare Whole Numbers

Equip your students with three great strategies to analyze place value and compare whole numbers up to the thousands place.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to compare two multi-digit numbers.

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

(2 minutes)
Let's Compare
  • Review the symbols used for comparing numbers ( >, <, = ) with the class.
  • Explain to your students, "Today we are going to compare whole numbers using these symbols." Remind students that when we compare numbers we are looking at the difference in value between two (or more) numbers.

Beginning

  • Give students the definition of the comparing symbols (<, >, =) in their home language (L1) and English (L2). Create a poster or anchor chart with the definition and examples and make sure the chart is visible for the duration of the lesson.

Intermediate

  • Have students share the the definition of each symbol with a partner. Provide this sentence frame for support: "The symbol ________ means..."