Question Video: Comparing the Number of Objects in Two Groups Using “Less Than,” “More Than,” or “Equal To” Mathematics • Kindergarten

Fill in the blank. The number of oranges is _ the number of strawberries.

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Video Transcript

Fill in the blank. The number of oranges is what the number of strawberries.

This question is getting us to compare a group of oranges with a group of strawberries that we can see in the picture. So what could our possible answers be? Well, the number of oranges could be less than the number of strawberries. It could be more than the number of strawberries. Or perhaps both groups are the same and it’s equal to the number of strawberries. Now, we need to be careful when we’re answering this question. Because we could look at both lines of fruit and think they’re almost the same length. Perhaps that’s the same amount of each type of fruit. But when we look closely at the picture, we can see that, firstly, the oranges are larger than the strawberries. And, secondly, each piece of fruit isn’t level with each other.

So if we’re going to use a matching strategy, we need to be careful. Let’s match up each orange with a strawberry. One, two, three. We’ve got no more oranges to match up, but we still have a strawberry left over. This means there are more strawberries than there are oranges. Well, if we say the other way around, there are less oranges than there are strawberries. We’ve matched the pieces of fruit, and we can now fill in the blank. The number of oranges is less than the number of strawberries.

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