Comparing Numbers Part 2: Whole Group and Guided Math Activities
When teaching students to compare numbers, you always want to build conceptual understanding first (see prior post). Next, you want to work on procedural fluency. See activities below to help scaffold students doing the math.
Concrete – Play a roll and show matching game. Students roll the dice and then build a unifix or snap cube tower of that number. They then match up their towers to compare the amounts.
Pictorial – Color the amount they rolled and compare the paper towers and glue them down and write about who has more and how many more. http://www.center.edu/BLACKLINES/001-061/028-032.pdf
Abstract – Use a numberline and compare the numbers rolled on it. http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/md/counting/numberlines/