Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Less Than or Greater Than - Section 2: Develop the Concept


Students in second grade often come into these math lessons using incorrect terminology.  They will often say things like " 37 is bigger than 21."  I try to steer them away from this language by writing the following on the board: Greater Versus Bigger

Greater vs Bigger

I ask the students if they still think that the statement " 37 is bigger than 21" is true.  Many will say no.  I remind them that the correct mathematical terms are "greater than and less than" not "bigger than or smaller than."  I find that the visual representation of these numbers helps to clarify these misconceptions.

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Greater Versus Bigger
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Less Than or Greater Than

Unit 4: Each Number Has a Place
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: The students will be able use the less than and greater than symbols to compare two-digit numbers.

Big Idea: The big idea of this lesson is that students can use their knowledge of place value to compare numbers and order them based upon their value.

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