Your Kindergartener will not use greater than, less than, or equal to symbols, but he does need to learn how to compare numbers. Help your child to compare groups with up to ten objects.
Using a number line that shows how many objects are in each number will help your child learn to compare. Remember: greater means MORE, less means FEWER, equal means the SAME.
Which group has the greater number of hearts? Let’s use a counting strategy. One. Two. Three. This group has three hearts. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. This group has six hearts. Check it on our number line! Six has more so it’s greater than three!
Which group has the lesser number of stars? One. Two. Three. Four. Five. This group has five stars. One. Two. Three. Four. This group has four stars. Check it on our number line! Four has fewer so it’s less than five!
Look at these groups. Let’s use a matching strategy to see how these groups compare! One – One. Two – Two. Three – Three. Four – Four. They have the same number of objects, so these groups are equal!
Use counting and matching strategies to help your child see whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group!
Kindergarten Common Core Standards
Counting & Cardinality: Compare numbers.
(K.CC.6) Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g. by using matching and counting strategies. (Include groups with up to ten objects.)
(K.CC.7) Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.