Greater Than, Less Than, Equals To

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greater than less than equals

Overview

The Starfall greater than, less than, equal to game is a great option for number comparison, counting, and number identification in a steady, consistent format. This game is a great option for independent center practice, whole group instruction, or small group instruction. The game format is slow and provides explicit explanations for students to grasp each step. If students select an incorrect response, the selected icon will shake to tell the student it is incorrect. Once the correct answer is selected, it automatically moves to complete the problem.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to count with one-to-one correspondence.
  • Be able to identify which group has more, less, or if they are equal.
  • Be able to verbally explain the math problem.

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Greater than: Greater than is one of the terms used to show the relationship between two values. It states that one value is greater than the other. The sign for greater than is > and with this metric, we can compare numbers, weights, heights, and values.
  2. Less than: Less than is one of the terms used to show the relationship between two values. It states that one value is lesser than the other. The sign for less than is < and with this metric, we can compare numbers, weights, heights, and values.
  3. Equal to: Equal to is being the same in quantity, size, degree, or value.
  4. Solve: To solve is to find an answer to, explanation for, or means of effectively dealing with (a problem or mystery).

Pre-planning

To prepare for this lesson:

Accommodations

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources. 

Steps

Directions for this activity:

  1. Have the students begin the activity Starfall’s Comparing Numbers Game

  2. Provide manipulatives for students to use as an additional visual and tactile resource through this activity.

  3. Make sure your computer speakers or headphones are connected for the best game quality. 

Student Directions for this activity:

  1. Count the items on each side.

  2. Review the symbols for greater than, less than, equal to.

  3. Count how many items have been provided on each side.

  4. Select the correct symbol to answer the problem. 

  5. Complete this task five times to finish the game. 

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding

MITECS Competencies & ISTE Standards

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

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1a. Students develop learning goals in collaboration with an educator, select the technology tools to achieve them and revise the learning process as needed to achieve the goal.
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

Devices and Resources

App, Extension, or Add-on:
The app can be located at:

IOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/starfall-free/id707189889 

Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.starfall.more&hl=en_US 

Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

The app is free to download and compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This particular game is free without membership. Additional games and options are available through Starfall with a membership. Membership options include Home membership for $35.00/year, Teacher membership for $70.00/year, Classroom membership for $150.00/year or School Membership for $270.00/year.

Websites:
Comparing Numbers - Greater Than Less Than

Starfall

The Greater Than, Less Than Song

CONTENT AREA RESOURCES

ELA

Practicing recognizing math words - greater than, less than, equal to.

Math

Counting, Number identification, comparing numbers.

Science

Talk about weights using manipulatives to mirror the problem.

CREDITS
This task card was created by Lisa Cleveland,  Jackson ISD, August 2020.