Lesson 17

Compare and Order Numbers

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to compare and order numbers based on the value of the tens and ones digits.

Lesson Narrative

In this lesson, students compare and order numbers up to 99. Ordering numbers requires students to apply what they have learned about comparing two numbers, and allows them to see that a number can be greater than one number, while less than another. As students reason about how to place numbers and explain how they order numbers, they deepen their understanding of the structure of whole numbers and the base-ten system (MP7). In the first activity, students begin comparing and ordering familiar representations such as base-ten diagrams, words (_____ tens and _____ ones), and expressions that show the value of tens and ones. These representations allow students to use the value of the digit in the tens and ones places to help them put the quantities in order. In the second activity, students compare numbers less than 99 to the benchmark numbers 5, 10, 50, and 99.

  • Action and Expression
  • MLR2

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Compare and order numbers based on the value of the tens and ones digits.

Student Facing

  • Let’s compare and order numbers.

Required Materials

Materials to Gather

Materials to Copy

  • Ordering Cards: Tens and Ones

Required Preparation

Activity 1:

  • Create a set of cards from the blackline master for each group of 2. 

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

If you were to teach this lesson over again, what activity would you redo? How would your proposed changes support student learning?

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