Lesson 16

Write Comparisons with Symbols

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to compare numbers based on the value of the tens and ones digits and read and write comparisons using <, >, or =.

Lesson Narrative

In this lesson, students use the symbols they learned in the previous lesson to write comparison statements. In the first activity, students play a game in which they make the greatest number possible by strategically placing digits in the tens place or ones place. In the second activity, students make comparison statements true using <, >, or =. Students are encouraged to read each comparison statement that they write. As students create and compare two-digit numbers and use symbols to record the results of their comparisons, they look for and make use of the structure of two-digit numbers and attend to precision (MP6, MP7).

  • Action and Expression
  • MLR8

Activity 2: Make the Statement True

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Read and write comparisons using <, >, or =.

Student Facing

  • Let’s use symbols to write comparisons.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • Greatest of Them All Stage 1 Recording Sheet

Required Preparation

CCSS Standards


Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 20 min
Activity 2 15 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

What evidence have students given that they understand the value of tens and ones in two-digit numbers?

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