Understanding whether a value is more or less than another ties perfectly into measurement skills such as comparing distances and volumes. This is a great opportunity to get kids out of the classroom and learning how to use a tape measure, ruler, or other means of measuring items. Giving students the opportunity to evaluate tangible differences in quantities will help them understand abstract notions later on.
More Than and Less Than Resources
After students learn how to count, the next step is to understand number value. The Learning Library offers a mix of tools—from professional lesson plans, interactive games and handy printable worksheets—to teach kids greater than and less than understanding.
There are plenty of worksheets available in the resource center, many of which use engaging visuals and cut-outs for small students to physically count. By comparing, shapes, candy or toys, the visual representations teach kids what equates to “more” or “less.”
Teacher-created lesson plans have step-by-step instructions dedicated to demonstrating this concept—one that many adults may take for granted always knowing. An online jousting game teaches kids important vocabulary words related to more than and less than concepts such as empty, full, light and heavy. A Ski Racer game helps students understand value by comparing snowball piles.
There are quality printable workbooks for a holistic approach to teaching this concept as well. “Picture It” uses the classic alligator image to teach students the more than and less than symbols. The book is full of other visual-heavy worksheets that are simple for children to understand. A wide variety of other tools are available in the Learning Library so preschool and kindergartners can conquer comparison.