Intro to Greater Than and Less Than

At the beginning of the year, I introduce our friends Greater Than Gus and Less Than Lilly.  I do not introduce the signs yet (<, >).  My kiddos love when I teach them a poem or story and especially when it relates to math. I really like to integrate literacy into math!











To practice greater than and less than, I used these HUGE dominos that I got on Zulily.  They don't have them on their site right now, but I'm crossing my fingers they come back!

Domino GREATER Game:
 I pick a domino and another student picks a domino.  We both count our dominos and we determine who is greater.  If I am greater, I keep the domino.  If my partner is greater, they keep it.  If I keep my domino, I get to put it on the floor standing up.  When all of the dominos are gone, we both get to knock down our domino lines (is that what they are called). 


Domino LESS THAN Game:
 I pick a domino and another student picks a domino.  We both count our dominos and we determine who has fewer  If I am less, I keep the domino.  If my partner is less, they keep it.  If I keep my domino, I get to put it on the floor standing up.  When all of the dominos are gone, we both get to knock down our domino lines (is that what they are called). 



We finish up with a little informal assessment:






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5 comments:

Angela said...

I love your way of introducing grater and less than, understanding first then symbols. Thank you for sharing your concepts :)

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Positively Learning said...

Thank you so much for Gus & Lilly :) My students this year are all about music and chants - they will love this! Thanks again, Jen

graciegirl said...

I think my kids will pick up on this quickly as it's such a great visual for them-and kinda cute too! :) Thanks so much!

Laurie McGill said...

I'm not a teacher, but "Less than Lilly, giggly and silly" perpetuates negative female stereotypes. Make it Billy, giggly and silly, or Larry, small and hairy, or Kim, tiny and slim.

Terry Yordan said...

Poems, songs and images will make my students smile. Thank you for sharing.

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