Comparing Numbers

I am a math lover, but doing a lesson on comparing numbers can be booooooooring.. and my little lovebugs will agree! I try to make anything and everything into a game/hands-on activity because my clientel of students tend to be a little distracted, fidgety, and totally uninterested in normal math bookwork. So, to get over this little hump of a lesson, I decided to have a little fun!

Quickie Class Comparison
They loved this one – I put them into 2 teams, gave each team 4 cards, and they had 10 seconds to make the biggest number possible. Then, we would decide who had the bigger number and which way our sign would face!
In A Pinch – Partner Comparison
After we played several rounds of the previous whole group game, students got into partners and played this game. They had mini number cards and took turns picking cards to create a number. They had to record their numbers down and their partners and put >, <, or =. They played ten rounds total!
Close up of the partner game
Task cards for assessment

Success – even the task cards! I timed them as they rotated cards until each person is finished. They loved it!

If you like this idea and have to touch on this concept, it is so easy to create the games. If you don’t feel like creating your own game cards and want the task cards – check the packet out at my TPT store. It’s Common Core aligned! 🙂

Hope everyone had a great start to the week!


  1. Heather on February 19, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! I am certain my students will enjoy it too-Heather.

  2. Sarah Kieffer on February 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Your clientele seems to be fidget and distracted. HAHA. I thought, wow she knows my class.

    Thanks for the follow. I love discovering new Sped blogs. =) & already love your ideas.

    Can't wait to see more.

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