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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 of comparisons.

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 three-digit number.
  • 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)

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More Lessons for Grade 2

Common Core for Grade 2

Comparing Numbers
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 1 hundreds
224 is equal to 224 because both numbers have 2 hundreds, 2 tens and 4 ones.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) videos are designed to support states, schools, and teachers in the implementation of the CCSS. Each video is an audiovisual resource that focuses on one or more specific standards and usually includes examples/illustrations geared to enhancing understanding. The intent of each content-focused video is to clarify the meaning of the individual standard rather than to be a guide on how to teach each standard although the examples can be adapted for instructional use.


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