Are your students comparing two numbers to determine which is greater? Are they struggling to remember which way the symbol should face? Here’s a little trick that worked like a charm with my 2nd and 3rd graders!
My students could verbalize which number was greater when making comparisons. However, when it came time to using the symbols for greater than and less than, they would confuse the two. They had been taught about the greater gators in K and 1st grade, but couldn’t always remember which way the gator was supposed to face.
Steps for Comparing Numbers
Games for Comparing Numbers
I hope this math trick will work for your students, too!