Compare Numbers (Grade 2)
Videos and songs to help Grade 2 students learn to compare two
three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and
ones digits, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results
Common Core: 2.NBT.4
Suggested Learning Target
- I can explain a process for determining whether a three-digit
number is greater than, less than, or equal to another
- I can determine when a three-digit number is greater than,
less than, or equal to another three-digit number, and record
the comparison using the symbols >, <, and =.
- I know how to apply place value knowledge to make comparisons
(e.g., Look at greatest place value first and compare those
digits to see which is greater)
Lessons for Grade 2
Common Core for
Learn the symbols Greater than (>), less than (<) and equal
Number-Eating Alligator Song to help you remember the symbols:
Greater than (>), less than (<) and equal (=)
Use Base Ten Blocks to Compare Numbers
This video explains how to write two-digit number names and numbers
based on place value understanding.
Comparing Numbers using place values.
Start comparing from the left.
Compare & Order Numbers
Using place value to compare and order numbers.
Greater Than Less Than...How do you know?
85 is greater than 75 because it has 8 tens and 75 only has 7 tens.
66 is greater than 64 because 66 has 6 ones and 64 has only 4 ones
236 is greater than 136 because 236 has 2 hundreds and 136 only has
224 is equal to 224 because both numbers have 2 hundreds, 2 tens and
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