This is an activity that I use as one of my math stations, so there is not a formal introduction to this lesson. The stations are very briefly discussed at the beginning of the week. This takes approximately 10 minutes. I am fortunate to have a para-pro and parent helper each day of the week during my station time, so they are able to assist students, keep them on task, and work with them at stations. With 3 adults in the room, instructions are able to be brief, as anyone who is having difficulty will be noticed. My station activities always target skills that we are currently learning, or have previously learned.
During station time, my students are broke into 2 groups (12 students in each group- totaling 24). On Mondays & Wednesdays, group 1 is working on stations, while group 2 is using technology. Technology includes i Pads, lap tops, and the smart board. On Tuesdays & Thursdays, group 2 is working on stations, while group 1 is using technology. Fridays are free choice. All students use technology and re-visit any of their favorite stations from the week. I have included a picture of my schedule that is displayed in my classroom.
At this station, students can choose to work with a partner, or on their own. I have laminated two different mats that contain sets of numbers. The numbers are on sunflowers. I have also laminated, and cut out place value symbols for greater than, less than, and equal to. Students compare the numbers in each set, and place the correct symbol in between the two numerals. This was a free download I came across from Spencerville Junction at:
In addition, I have included student video of two students who were working together at this station.
I liked this station because it was another way students to work on their place value skills. Mathematically proficient students can apply their math skills to solve problems. Students are doing this at their own pace while at this station. We have been comparing numbers over the last week, and this is additional practice!