To begin this lesson, I gather students on the carpet near our math wall. I ask children to recall what skill we are working on in math. I give them a hint, by saying, "It has something to do with 2 sets or 2 numbers."
Students begin telling me, "more than", "less than", "bigger", "smaller", and so on. As we learn new concepts throughout the year, we place vocabulary onto the math wall. I then introduce the "greater than", "less than", and "equal to" cards to my class. These cards are put on to the math wall.
I then ask students to stand up and move to the white board. This transition should be quick, and I address this further in my reflection.
We then watch a quick 3 minute YouTube video, Greater Than or Less Than With Allie the Alligator. I like this video because it gives my students another way to visualize what can be a difficult concept for them. It also ends up being interactive, as my students respond to the video. I have attached a small clip of us viewing the video.
After the video, I display today's task, an Allie the Alligator worksheet. This activity requires students to look at the 2 given numbers, and fill in the correct symbol: greater than, less than, or equal to. We do 3 examples together on the board. I make sure to include an example of each: greater than, less than, or equal to. I call on students to come up and help fill in the correct symbol.
Once we have completed the examples together, I send students off for independent completion of the task. I remind students that Allie ALWAYS eats the bigger number.
I pull a small group of students that I know struggle with number sense to help them along. With the exception of these students, the rest of the class completed the assignment quickly and correctly. I have included student video of a smartie showing me what he did!