Complete using the symbol for is
equal to, is greater than, or is less than.
Can you see where our missing
symbol belongs? It’s in between one, two groups of
money. And we’re going to have to find the
total of each group to be able to compare them. Perhaps you spotted that we were
going to need to find some totals by these little addition symbols that’re in
between the notes and the coins.
To start with, let’s look at our
first group. We can see that this group contains
both notes and coins. And they all have a value of a
different amount of pounds. Can you spot them? Firstly, we’ve got a 200-pound
note. Then we have three notes that are
worth all the same amount, 10 pounds. And each of these four coins are
worth one pound. So what is 200 plus three lots of
10 plus four lots of one? Let’s use a number line to help
us. And rather than starting from zero,
we could start from our first note, 200. Now to add our three 10-pound
notes, we could skip count in 10s three times. 210, 220, 230.
Now finally, we could add our four
one-pound coins one at a time, but it might be a bit quicker just to add four all in
one go. 230 plus four is 234. The total of our notes and coins on
the left is 234 pounds.
Now let’s look at the amount of
money on the right. This time, we haven’t got any coins
to add. Our first two notes are worth 100
pounds each. Then there are four 10-pound notes
and two five-pound notes. This time, the value of our largest
note is 100 pounds. So let’s start counting from
there. And we can begin by adding our
second 100-pound note. That takes us to 200. Now we’ve got four 10-pound notes
to add, so let’s skip count in 10s four times. 210, 220, 230, 240.
Finally, we need to add our two
five-pound notes, so we’re going to skip count in fives twice. 245, 250. So our first group was worth 234
pounds, but our second group has been worth 250 pounds. And we know that 234 is less than
250. So the value of our first group of
notes and coins is less than the value of the second. The correct symbol we need to use
to compare these two groups of money is less than.