Comparing Larger Whole Numbers

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Our Comparing Larger Whole Numbers lesson plan teaches students strategies for comparing whole numbers with place values up to the millions. Students practice this skill using place values charts and numerous practice problems.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to the lesson activity is to create a hanging number line with a long string tied from one end of the room to the other and have your students place their number on the line in order using a tent fold.

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Description

What our Comparing Larger Whole Numbers lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Comparing Larger Whole Numbers helps students explore how to compare whole numbers using place value up to the millions. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to compare whole numbers using place value up to the millions. This lesson is for students in 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the blue box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. One optional addition to the lesson activity is to create a hanging number line with a long string tied from one end of the room to the other and have your students place their number on the line in order using a tent fold. You could give students numbers as a whole class and have them line up in order from least to greatest; you could also time them to see how fast they can do it.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.

COMPARING LARGER WHOLE NUMBERS LESSON PLAN CONTENT PAGES

Comparing Larger Whole Numbers

The Comparing Larger Whole Numbers lesson plan includes two content pages. We compare large numbers by looking at place value. Before we compare large numbers, we first need to review place value. The lesson includes a chart that lists each place value from the ones to the millions.

To make this easier and faster, we can use a place value chart to compare. It’s important to line up the digits. The lesson includes an example, comparing 2,543,677 and 2,544,677. First, we write both numbers in a place value chart. Once they’re on the chart, we compare starting at the millions. Because both millions are 2, we move on to the hundred thousands, and so on until we find a place where the numbers are different. In this case, the one thousands are different; one is 3 and the other is 4. We know that 3 < 4 so we can say that 2,543,677 < 2,544,677 or 2,544,677 > 2,543,677.

The lesson closes with two more examples of using place value charts to compare large numbers.

COMPARING LARGER WHOLE NUMBERS LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS

The Comparing Larger Whole Numbers lesson plan includes four worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, a homework assignment, and a quiz. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.

NUMBER CARD ACTIVITY WORKSHEET

For the activity worksheet, each student will get a card with a large whole number on it. They will compare their number with the other students in the class. Each student will fill out a recording sheet where they compare their number with their classmates’.

PLACE VALUE CHART PRACTICE WORKSHEET

The practice worksheet asks students to compare pairs of numbers using a place value chart.

COMPARING LARGER WHOLE NUMBERS HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

Like the practice worksheet, for the homework assignment, students will compare pairs of numbers using a place value chart.

QUIZ

This lesson also includes a quiz that you can use to test students’ understanding of the lesson material. For the quiz, students will compare pairs of numbers using a place value chart.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the practice worksheet, the homework assignment, and the quiz. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information

subject

Math

grade-level

2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade

State Educational Standards

LB.Math.Content.2.NBT.A.4, LB.Math.Content.4.NBT.A.2