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.